Springfed Writing Contest

Springfed Arts 2019 Poetry Finalists
1st place    Cobalt by Alinda Dickinson Wasner
2nd place    If Detroit Were a Woman by K. Michelle Moran
3rd place    Driving to Gravelly Point by Randy K. Schwartz

Honorable Mention    Porkobello’s by James Joseph Macmillen
Honorable Mention    California Dream by Linda Nemec Foster
Honorable Mention    Good Night’s Sleep by Ginny Grush
Poetry judged by Dennis Hinrichsen

Springfed Arts 2019 Prose Finalists
1st Place    The Door Swings Open by Kristin Bartley Lenz
2nd Place    Why Do People Tell Me Things? by John Jeffire
3rd Place    Unlikely Gifts by Cynthia Jalynski

Honorable Mention    Sunday Afternoon at the Bookstore Cafe by Harah Frost
Prose judged by Kelly Fordon

There were 51 total contest entrants (29 poets and 22 prose writers).
Winners read their winning entries, Tuesday August 20, 7pm at Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067.  Coffee, and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.

2019 Springfed Arts Writers Contest will accept submissions emailed or postmarked from February 15, 2019 through April 15, 2019
Poetry & Prose Prizes
1st Prize $150
2nd Prize $100
3rd Prize $75
RULES: This Members Only contest is funded and sponsored by Springfed Arts. Submission Guidelines:  Free submission for current Springfed Arts members only. No name on poetry or prose submission pages.  Prose (prose includes fiction, nonfiction & memoir) must be double-spaced 10 pages or less. (An excerpt of a longer piece may be used.)  A cover page should include your name, address, phone, email, and title of piece.  Poetry should include 3 poems no more than 5 total pages, with name, address, phone, email, and titles of poems on cover sheet.  All submissions must be typewritten.  All submissions may be emailed to info@springfed.org as a Word Document (or sent by postal service).  Join or renew a membership online or include your membership check in postal package.  There is no contest application form.  Your membership will suffice.  Outside envelope should state” poetry contest” or “fiction contest” in the lower left hand corner.  Deadline must be postmarked by April 15, 2019. Entries must be unpublished.  Manuscripts that do not follow the above rules will be discarded. Your manuscript is non-returnable.  Winners will be announced in the May newsletter and will be invited to read on a date and location to be announced.

Our poetry judge is Lansing Poet Laureate Dennis Hinrichsen. Our prose judge is Kelly Fordon, author of a Michigan Notable Book.
Springfed Arts entrusts a preliminary judge who culls through all submissions.  We send 15 finalist poem entries to the poetry judge and 5 finalist prose entries to the prose judge.  Writers who teach for Springfed Arts are not eligible to enter the contest.

Email Contest Submission to: info@springfed.org (recommended)
Or send to:

John D. Lamb – Springfed Arts
P.O. Box 304
Royal Oak, MI 48068-0304

Springfed Arts 2018 Poetry Finalists
1st place     Uff da by Kevin Griffin
2nd place    Coal Run, Kentucky by Liza Young
3rd place    Berries by Susan Knoppow
Honorable Mention    Borders by Alinda Wasner
Honorable Mention    A Traffic Intersection Falls in Love by James Joseph MacMillen
Poetry judged by Terry Blackhawk

Springfed Arts 2018 Prose Finalists
1st place     Paris (an excerpt) by John Jeffire
2nd Place    Bite by Melissa Grunow
3rd Place     Magic Shift by Diana U. Dinverno
Honorable Mention     Liking Each Other the Same by Mary Robertson
Honorable Mention     Her Name Was Patricia by Dinah Lee Brinson
Prose judged by Keith Taylor

There were 48 total contest entrants (32 poets and 16 prose writers).
Winners read their winning entries, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 7pm, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.

Springfed Arts 2017 Poetry Finalists

1st place     The Mounting Evidence Against Monotheism by Jeffrey Herman
2nd place     How a Poem Keeps a Poet by Melinda LePere
3rd place    Firefly by Susan Knoppow
Honorable Mention    Say You Walk Away by Jenifer DeBellis
Honorable Mention    Drinking Alone with Li-Bo by Mary Schmitt
Honorable Mention    At Holocaust Museum, Moscow 2015 by Alinda Wasner
Honorable Mention    The Darkness by K. Michelle Moran
Poetry judged by Robert Fanning

Springfed Arts 2017 Prose Finalists

1st place     Last Resort by Phillip Sterling
2nd Place     Tulip by Karen Simpson
3rd Place     The Telegram by Diana Dinverno
Honorable Mention     The Sinner of Timbuktu by Nadia Ibrashi
Honorable Mention     The Kitten and the Goddess by Alexander Morgan
Prose judged by Steve Amick

There were 67 total contest entrants (41 poets and 26 prose writers).
Winners read their winning entries, Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7pm, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.

Springfed Arts 2016 Writing Contest Finalists

Poetry Finalists 2016
1st place    Swings by Susan Knoppow
2nd place    Ornament by Caroline Maun
3rd place    A Subtle Passing by Mary Stebbins Tait
Honorable Mention     Spiderweb by Patricia Barnes
Honorable Mention     A Taxonomy of Every Little Thing by Jeffrey Hermann
Poetry judged by Matthew Olzmann

Prose Finalists 2016
1st place    The Trouble with Betty by Bobbie Crawford
2nd place    The Curtain by Paul Bancel
3rd place    The Prisoner by Nadia Ibrashi
Honorable Mention     Factory Outlet by Phillip Sterling
Honorable Mention     Coed (an excerpt from a memoir) by Mary Minock
Prose judged by Eric Jerome Dickey

There were 51 total contest entrants (34 poets and 17 prose writers).
Winners read their winning entries, Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 7pm, Birmingham Unitarian Church, 38651 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 (just north of Lone Pine Road).  Wine, coffee, tea and cookie kiosk.  Free and open to the public.

Springfed Arts 2013 Writing Contest Finalists

Prose finalists
1st place The Fetishist by Nadia Ibrashi
2nd place Excerpt from River Rouge by John Jeffire
3rd place Bones in a Box by Alexander Morgan
Honorable Mention The Right Thing by Linda Sienkiewicz
Honorable Mention The John Holland Story by Jon Zech
Prose judged by Robert Olmstead

Poetry Winners
1st place Florida by Terry Blackhawk
2nd place Once in a Blue Moon by Elizabeth Mitchell
3rd place Prayer for Poojah by Nadia Ibrashi
Honorable Mention Monarchs by Kevin Griffin
Honorable Mention If It Wasn’t for Snow by Liza Young
Poems judged by Denise Duhamel

There were 75 total contest entrants (48 poets and 27 prose writers).

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