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2014 Poetry Categories
Poetry Contest Manager: Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence

Poet of the Year: Kristine Polansky, D4, Manhattan

Song Lyric - 13 Entrees
Judge: John Lomas
is a Research Analyst for Applied Remote Sensing at the University of Kansas. Since 1995, John has worked on the development of the KARS GreenReport, which is used by the agricultural and forestry industries to monitor vegetation condition and change. He has eight publications. John is a well known member of The Crumpletons where he plays guitar, 12-string guitar, and sings. He's been a singer/song writer for fifty years.

1st: "Bold Warrior" – Ted Farmer, D5, El Dorado
2nd: "Physicists Dig Music Not Found in Country Songs" – Kristine Polansky, D4, Manhattan
3rd: "Traveling Man" – Roy Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
1st HM: "Spiritual" – Ted Farmer, D5, El Dorado
2nd HM: "Love's Dream" – Dan Close, D5, Wichita


Free Verse - 96 Entrees
Judge: Mark Hennessy
has taught in Poland as well as in the States. His awards include Best Poetry Performance by the readers/writers of The Kansas City Pitch, The Victor Contowski Writing Award, and the Academy of American Poets University prize. He has published introductions for the collected works of Defoe and Wilde, travelogues for College Music Journal, flash fiction/paintings in Axcess Magazine, and poetry collections Cue the Bedlam and I Lost it All the Night the Day the Circus Came to Town, on Unholy Day/Spartan Press, available at the Lawrence Public Library. He is a recent PhD graduate.

1st: "Your Pocket" – Kristine Polansky, D4, Manhattan
2nd: "Japonica" – Diane Wahto, D5, Wichita
3rd: "Lining on the Ark" – Kelly Johnston, D5, Wichita
1st HM: "Clouds" – Roy Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd HM: "Summer 1965" – Dan Close, D5, Wichita


Classic Forms - 31 Entrees
Judge: Mark Hennessy
taught in Poland as well as in the States. His awards include Best Poetry Performance by the readers/writers of The Kansas City Pitch, The Victor Contowski Writing Award, and the Academy of American Poets University prize. He has published introductions for the collected works of Defoe and Wilde, travelogues for College Music Journal, flash fiction/paintings in Axcess Magazine, and poetry collections Cue the Bedlam and I Lost it All the Night the Day the Circus Came to Town, on Unholy Day/Spartan Press, available at the Lawrence Public Library. He is a recent PhD graduate.

1st: "What I Want" – Sarah Langley, D1, Topeka
2nd: "When it Comes" – Marilyn Page, NM
3rd: "Memorial Day in MacAdams Park" – Diane Wahto, D5, Wichita
1st HM: "Kids Wrestling" –– Kristine Polansky, D4, Manhattan
2nd HM: "Winter's Approach" – Roy Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita


Theme - 30 Entrees
Judge: Alan Kleiman
has a chapbook, Grand Slam, available from Crisis Chronicle Press on Amazon. His poetry is in Verse Wisconsin, The Criterion, Right Hand Pointing, Contempory American Voices, and The Montucky Review. His poems are in anthologies published by Fine Line Press and Red Ocher Press, He lives and works as a lawyer in New York City.

1st: "Mountain Climber" – Duane Johnson, D1, Topeka
2nd: "Salt Water Spa at Huife" – Barbara Brady, D1, Topeka
3rd: "Surviving the Great Depression" – Alice Collinsworth, D2, Oklahoma City
1st HM: "Let's Hear It For Salt" –– Cathy Callen, D2, Lawrence
2nd HM: "Soldier in a War" – Annabelle Corrick, D1, Topeka


Whimsey - 60 Entrees
Judge: James A. Knoop
is a resident of Michigan. Passionate about writing, he has two novels in process (Heartland Diner and I, Witness) as well as a childrens/family book in Iambic heptameter entitled The One Who Brought Him Myrrh. By-lines for Light (humorous) Verse include the Saturday Evening Post, Wall Street Journal, National Enquirer, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He has received Honorable Mention, two years running in The Binnacle (University of Maine) Ultra-Short competition. James has a Humorous Prose by-line in Readers Digest and multiple Honorable Mentions in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's "Mysterious Photograph" contests.

1st: "Buying My Buddy Holly Glasses" – Myrne Rose, NM
2nd: "Anthropomorphic" – Alice Collinsworth, D2, Oklahoma City
3rd: "Mosquito Love" – Roy Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
1st HM: "Ennui" –– Barbara Booth, D4, Clay Center
2nd HM: "Poetic Justice" – Anne Mart, D6, Hutchison


Narrative - 52 Entrees
Judge: Kelly Woods
ireceived a degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics from The University of Kansas. Her writing is concentrated in the areas of poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction. She was staff member to Literary Journal Siren and wrote articles for The World Company in connection with Dr. Wes Crewshaw.

1st: "MoonStain" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
2nd: "Landmarks" – Kelly Johnston, D5, Wichita
3rd: "An Emerald Gift" – Duane Johnson, D1, Topeka
1st HM: "Suicide" – Sarah Langley, D1, Topeka
2nd HM: "Herman's Meat Deli" – Sarah Langley, D1, Topeka


Japanese Forms - 40 Entrees
Judge: Dixie Lubin
is a native Kansan residing in Lawrence, Kansas, who has been writing and reading poetry for more than 35 years, and facilitating writing and creativity groups for fourteen years. Her publications include poems in The Carbon Chronicles-Harvest of Arts Poets, 1992-1996, Kaw, Kaw, Kaw, as the Poets Fly from Lawrence, KS - a CD, Begin Again-150 Kansas Poems edited by Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, and To the Stars Through Difficulty-A Kansas Renga edited by Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, plus Slightly Tilting Towards the Void/Rabid Doggerel, a chapbook with poetry by Dixie Lubin and Fred Lubin. Dixie is also an outsider artist, and a founding Mother of the "Bizarre Bazaar," a yearly show of strange and unusual arts and crafts.

1st: "Dragonflies at Pool" – Annabelle Corrick, D1, Topeka
2nd: "My Old Patchwork Heart" – Alice Collinsworth, D2, Oklahoma City
3rd: "Honoring the Day" – Joyce Long, D3, Cherryvale
1st HM: "phlox juggling suitors" – Roy Beckemeyer, D5, Wichita
2nd HM: "meadowlark pieces" – Kristine Polansky, D4, Manhattan


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2014 Prose Categories
Contest Manager: Alan Dsouza, D5, Wichita

Prose Writer of the Year: Dennis Smirl, D1, Topeka

Theme, “Salt of the Earth” – 18 entries
Judge: Michael Kephart - Graduated from Kansas State University, with honors in English, after attending Texas Women's University. In 2005 Michael retired after a career in banking.

1st: "Storyteller" – Dan Close, D5, Wichita
2nd: "Salt city salt" – Steve Laird, D1, New Strawn
3rd: "A Father's Day" – Yvonne Evie Green, D1, Topeka
1st HM: "And He said, "Let there be salt." – Tom Mach, D2, Lawrence
2nd HM: "Salt of the earth in training" – Vicki Julian, D2, Lawrence


Inspiration – 25 entries
Judge: Lynda Racobs is a retired 4th grade teacher from USD 261 and obtained degrees in the following schools for Primary Education Graduated with honors for her Associates Degree at Butler County Community College Graduated with honors for her Bachelors Degree at Kansas Newman University Graduated with honors for her Masters Degree at Arkansas State University

1st: "Give quality ot later years" – Marie Fletcher, D7, Leoti
2nd: "An unsent letter" – Nancy Julien Kopp, D4, Manhattan
3rd: "Flowers for Naomi" – Barbara Brady, D1, Topeka
1st HM: "Did you know?" – Jerry Fanning, D7, Tribune
2nd HM: "Afterlife" – Joann Williams, D2, Princeton


Short Fiction – 35 entries
Judge:James A. Knoop is a resident of Michigan. Passionate about writing, he has two novels in process (Heartland Diner and I, Witness) as well as a childrens/family book in Iambic heptameter entitled The One Who Brought Him Myrrh. By-lines for Light (humorous) Verse include the Saturday Evening Post, Wall Street Journal, National Enquirer, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. He has received Honorable Mention, two years running in The Binnacle (University of Maine) Ultra-Short competition. James has a Humorous Prose by-line in Readers Digest and multiple Honorable Mentions in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's "Mysterious Photograph" contests.

1st: "The adaption" – Dennis Smirl, D1, Topeka
2nd: "Babble on" – Shannon Smith, D6, St. John
3rd: "Correcting the record" – Dennis Smirl, D1, Topeka
1st HM: "Jump"– Shannon Smith, D6, St. John
2nd HM: "Apple storm" – Kay Towle, D6, Hutchinson


Memoir / Autobiography – 44 entries
Judge: Kelly Woods ireceived a degree in Creative Writing with a minor in Linguistics from The University of Kansas. Her writing is concentrated in the areas of poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction. She was staff member to Literary Journal Siren and wrote articles for The World Company in connection with Dr. Wes Crewshaw.

1st: "Gun memories of a stone-eyed cold girl" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
2nd: "High pockets" – Roger Kerr, D6, Pratt
3rd: "One helluva kite" – Shannon Smith, D6, St. John
1st HM: "Wounds"– Amber Woehl, D4, Minneapolis
2nd HM: "Psychoanalysis" – Joann Williams, D2, Princeton


Sci Fi / Fantasy – 7 entries
Judge: Mark Hennessy taught in Poland as well as in the States. His awards include Best Poetry Performance by the readers/writers of The Kansas City Pitch, The Victor Contowski Writing Award, and the Academy of American Poets University prize. He has published introductions for the collected works of Defoe and Wilde, travelogues for College Music Journal, flash fiction/paintings in Axcess Magazine, and poetry collections Cue the Bedlam and I Lost it All the Night the Day the Circus Came to Town, on Unholy Day/Spartan Press, available at the Lawrence Public Library. He is a recent PhD graduate.

1st: "Faith" – George Frassa, D2, Shawnee
2nd: "Daniel Oberzan" – Dennis Smirl, D1, Topeka
3rd: "Bandits on the Fall River Bridge" –Dennis Smirl, D1, Topeka
1st HM: "Compatibility sense"– Vicki Julian, D2, Lawrence
2nd HM: "Eclipse" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence


Romance / Erotica – 9 entries
Judge: Dixie Lubin is a native Kansan residing in Lawrence, Kansas, who has been writing and reading poetry for more than 35 years, and facilitating writing and creativity groups for fourteen years. Her publications include poems in The Carbon Chronicles-Harvest of Arts Poets, 1992-1996, Kaw, Kaw, Kaw, as the Poets Fly from Lawrence, KS - a CD, Begin Again-150 Kansas Poems edited by Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, and To the Stars Through Difficulty-A Kansas Renga edited by Caryn Mirriam Goldberg, plus Slightly Tilting Towards the Void/Rabid Doggerel, a chapbook with poetry by Dixie Lubin and Fred Lubin. Dixie is also an outsider artist, and a founding Mother of the "Bizarre Bazaar," a yearly show of strange and unusual arts and crafts.

1st: "Shirt on chair" – Ronda Miller, D2, Lawrence
2nd: "The last two weeks of summer" – Marilyn Hope Lake, D4, Hutchinson
3rd: "Oneness" – George Frassa, D2, Shawnee
1st HM: "The debonair"–– Marilyn Hope Lake, D4, Hutchinson
2nd HM: "Could I have this dance?" –Marie Fletcher, D7, Leoti


Stories for Children – 11 entries
Judge: Craig Grant is a former teacher of English and World Geography in the Lawrence Public Schools. His master’s thesis project was on “using frequent writing experiences to improve student grammar and usage.” Since retiring, Grant has written a mystery novel, which is in the process of being edited.

1st: "Tobby, the hero" – Joyce Brown, NM
2nd: "Through the doggy door" – Marilyn Hope Lake, D4, Hutchinson
3rd: "A Thanksgiving tails" – Kay Towle, D6, Hutchinson
1st HM: "Webster's dreaml"– Gloria Zachgo, D4, Salina
2nd HM: "Helga's Christmas" – Ursula Turner, D3, Coffeyville


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