Our congratulations go out to the winners of the WyoPoets Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest. Fifty-one poets from across the country entered 230 poems. The first place winner, Mary Jo Maguire, is a WyoPoets member. Another member, Christine Kamnikar, was awarded an honorable mention.
Judge's comments are included here. Our judge was David Mason, who was the Poet Laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014 and is Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. His books of poetry include the historical novel in verse, Ludlow, The Buried Houses, The Country I Remember, and Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade, 2004 – 2014. He is published in many nationally prestigious journals and has also written essays, memoir, and novels.
Honorable mentions are in no particular order
"I have read through the poems and thought a great deal about my awards," Mason wrote in his general comments. "The truth is that my top three all feel pretty equal to me, and the HMs could all be ranked higher as well. What I looked for as I read was work that had fully made the leap from prose to poetry. Sometimes even competent verse is still too wedded to prose sense. All 9 of my top poems are fully poetic, I think, and I congratulate the authors.It was a pleasure doing this work, and again I congratulate all the winners. There were several others who could easily have been on this list."