Wisconsin Magazine Names Poetry Winners, Honorable Mentions


Congratulations to one of Council of Wisconsin Writers newest board members, Lisa Vihos of Sheboygan, and her poem,  “Reversal,” for receiving honorable mention in the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2014 Poetry Contest. Pasted in here is Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine’s announcement. Congratulations, Lisa!

Congratulations to the Winners of the
Wisconsin People & Ideas 2014 Poetry Contest

  • 1st place: “Liturgy of the Swallow” by Dion Kempthorne – Richland Center
  • 2nd place: “The We of Two Horses” by Jeanie Tomasko – Madison
  • 3rd place: “Interior Landscape” by Judith Harway – Shorewood

Winners of the Wisconsin People & Ideas 2014 Fiction Contest receive cash awards of $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place). The first-place author also receives a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag School for Arts and Crafts in Mineral Point, and all three award-winning authors will read their stories at the 2014 Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison this October.

Our 2014 contest honorable mention poems and poets:

  • “ Wild Women in Old Movies” by Margaret Benbow – Madison
  • “Crossing Guard” by Bruce Dethlefsen – Westfield
  • “ Her Things Become Her” by Nancy Jesse – Madison
  • Heaven” by Kathryn Gahl – Two Rivers
  • “ Strip Scrabble” by Dion Kempthorne – Richland Center
  • “ Dollar Store Moon Poems” by Louisa Loveridge Gallas – Milwaukee
  • “ Snow Dance” by Richard Roe – Middleton
  • “ Katsura” by Jason Splichal – Eau Claire
  • “ Another day and we haven’t used Algebra” by Jeanie Tomasko – Madison
  • “Reversal” by Lisa Vihos – Sheboygan
Wisconsin People & Ideas is an independent print and online magazine that showcases fiction and poetry from new and established Wisconsin writers, highlights new works from our visual artists and photographers, and keeps readers informed about the science behind the issues that impact our way of life here in Wisconsin. We are the quarterly magazine of the nonprofit, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Visit wisconsinacademy.org/magazine for more information or to subscribe today.
This year the fiction contest lead judge is Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland (right). The 2014 contest was coordinated by Jason A. Smith, editor, Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the preliminary judges were Jeremy Behreandt and John Lehman. The contest received 585 poem submissions from across the state of Wisconsin. All judging was done blindly and ranking was done solely on the merit of individual stories in the opinion of our judges.

Thank you to everyone who submitted their work to the 2014 poetry contest. Your participation is what has made this contest one of the best showcases for Wisconsin poets for over twenty years. Look for the first- through third-place poems to appear in forthcoming issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas, beginning with the spring issue in May 2014. Honorable mention poems will appear in subsequent issue of the magazine, beginning with the Summer 2014 issue. Congratulations to all our winners and honorable mention poets and keep on writing!

Wisconsin People & Ideas thanks lead and preliminary judges for volunteering their time and efforts to the 2014 contest, and extends a special thanks to 2014 contest sponsors Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point for donating a weeklong artist residency for the first-place winner and the Wisconsin Book Festival for hosting our contest winners’ reading. More information on the contest, prizes, and sponsors and be found at wisconsinacademy.org/poetrycontest.



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