2016 poetry Contest Winners

Stanley Hanks Memorial Contest– Judged by Kevin Higgins
James H. Nash Members Contest– Judged by Ted Mathys
Beverly Hopkins Memorial High School Contest– Judged by Maureen McLane

About the Contests:

To encourage and promote poets and poetry, the St. Louis Poetry Center has, for the past 56 years, sponsored poetry contests that are open to a broad range of poets. One contest focuses on Missouri writers who have published in Missouri literary magazines; another encourages and supports active members of the St. Louis Poetry Center; and a third invites high school writers to receive recognition alongside more practiced writers at our Annual Poetry Concert.

About the Judges:

Kevin Higgins is co-organizer of Over The Edge literary events in Galway, Ireland. Higgins has taught poetry workshops at Galway Arts Centre for the past twelve years and also teaches poetry on the National University of Ireland Galway Summer School programme and on the NUIG BA Creative Writing Connect programme.

Ted Mathys is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Poetry Society of America.

Maureen McLane is a professor of English literature at New York University and the author of four collections of poetry: Same Life; W orld Enough; This Blue, which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2014; and Mz N: the serial: A Poem-in-Episodes.

Stanley Hanks Memorial Contest
FIRST PLACE: “The Natural Order” by Raphael Maurice. UCity Review SECOND PLACE: “Lares and Penates” by Jane O. Wayne. The Cape Rock THIRD PLACE: “The Wise Men” by Gocho Versolari. Corazón Land Review HONORABLE MENTION: “Troy, Missouri 2001” by Mallory Bochantin. The Cape Rock

James H. Nash Members Contest
FIRST PLACE: “Bakelite: A Mythology” by Paul Acker
SECOND PLACE: “Interpretation of Dreams” by Alison Rollins
THIRD PLACE: “Voice Lesson With Helmut Newton’s Chains and Padlocks” by Dawn Dupler HONORABLE MENTIONS: “Minerva” by Barbara DeCoursey Roy, “Spring Cleaning” by Spencer Hurst

Beverly Hopkins Memorial High School Contest
FIRST PLACE: “Outside Myself” by Isabel Childs. Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School SECOND PLACE: “The Carcass of a Girl” by Lily Hauptman. Ladue Horton Watkins High School THIRD PLACE: “Great Expectations” by Tre Merritt. Ladue Horton Watkins High School

HONORABLE MENTIONS: “A Compilation of 4:22 A.M.” by Lilly Hayward. Nerinx Hall High School, “Watching” by Sohan Kancherla. St. Louis Priory School, “Conversations with Myself” by Margaret Roarty. Visitation Academy, “Crystal Hotel” by Harry Zohner. St. Louis Priory School


2016 Beverly Hopkins Memorial Poetry Contest

for High School Students

First prize, $200

Second prize, $125

Third prize, $75

All prize winners & honorable mentions are invited to read their poems at our annual poetry concert on May 15, 2016. Winning poems will appear in a chapbook available at the concert.


Maureen McLane, a professor of English literature at New York University and author of three collections of poetry since 2008: This Blue, World Enough, and Same Life.


    • Eligible poets must be high school students living within 100 miles of St. Louis.
    • Submit up to 3 poems that have not won any awards.
    • Poems already published in a high school publication can be submitted.
    • Include the author’s name (no pen name required) and email address on each poem.
    • Enclose a separate piece of paper with the author’s name, street address, phone #, email address, high school, grade, teacher’s name (if he or she encouraged or assigned the poems), and titles of submitted poems.
    • There is no entry fee.

Mail entries to:

St. Louis Poetry Center

High School Poetry Contest

567 North & South Road, #8

St. Louis, MO 63130

Or email: [email protected]

Please attach poems & information sheet as separate Word (not Google Drive) documents.

Email & Postmark Deadline: MARCH 1, 2016

For more information, contact Robert Lowes at 314-413-4507 or [email protected]

The 2015 James Nash SLPC Members Only Contest


First — “Chloroform, c. 1847” — Katherine Gordon

Second — “Confluence” — Amy Genova

Third — “At the Brooklyn Botanical Garden” — Teresa Dzieglewicz

Honorable Mention — “Written in Water” — Judith Saul Stix

Honorable Mention — “Catch and Release” — Melissa Gurley Bancks

Honorable Mention — “Sisters” — Nancy Pritchard

Congratulations all!

First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25

First, second, and third prize and honorable mention winners are invited to read their poems at the Annual Poetry Concert on May 17, 2015.

Winning poems will be published in a chapbook available at the concert.

Contest Judge: Katy Didden

Didden holds a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the University of Missouri, studied as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at St. Louis University and was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2014. She has published poems in many journals such as Ecotone, The Kenyon Review, Smartish Pace, andPoetry. Her first manuscript, The Glacier’s Wake, (2013) won the Lena Miles Wever Todd Prize from Pleiades Press. She co-curated the SLPC’s Observable Reading Series with the poet Rickey Laurentiis in 2013-2013.

There is no entry fee. Contest open only to current members of the St. Louis Poetry Center. If joining or renewing your membership, include membership form and payment with your poetry submission. You may also join or renew online; please include a printout of your email confirmation with your submission.


  • Submit up to 4 typed poems, any form and length (previously published or award-winning poems are not eligible).
  • Poems will be judged anonymously. Do not include author name or pen name on poems.
  • Enclose an 8 ½ x 11 typed cover sheet containing the following information:

Author’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of poems submitted.

Mail entries to:  St. Louis Poetry Center, James H. Nash Contest,

567 North & South Road, #8, St. Louis, MO  63130.

or email to [email protected]