Monthly Contest Winners

August 2017
Subject – Any; Form – Any
Judge: Don Crowson; 21 entries

  • First Place – “Great, Great Grandmother’s Baptism” – Barbara Blanks
  • Second Place – “A bit of nostalgia” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Place – “Summertime Remembered” – Donna Henson
  • First Honorable Mention – “Mother’s Garden” – LaVern McCarthy
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Chewing the Cornfield Crisp” – Harding Stedler
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Blood and Guts and All That Stuff” – John Mcpherson

Judge’s comments: “a good group of poems – very pleased with the winning poems”

July 2017
Subject – Any; Form – Any
Judge: Kathy Helmer; 11 entries

  • First Place – “Borders of the Heart” – D. Beecher Smith, II
  • Second Place – “Mom Made Gravy” – Ann Carolyn Cates
  • Third Place – “In Harmony” – Barbara Blanks
  • First Honorable Mention – “Remembering the Fallen” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Learning to be a Man” – John McPherson
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Summer Days” – Vivian Barcroft

Judge’s comments: “nice variety of subjects and forms. Thank you for entering!”

June 2017
Subject – Any;  Form – Free verse
Judge: Cathy Moran; 14 entries

  • First Place – “Sunday Morning Songbird”  –  D. Beecher Smith, II
  • Second Place – “So long, and thanks for all the riches”  –  Barbara Blanks
  • Third Place – “Love was a Poem”  –  Dennis Patton
  • First Honorable Mention – “Connections”  –  Pat Laster
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Bygone Days”  – Vivian Barcroft
  • Third Honorable Mention – “A Kiss and a Hug”  – Shannon Mullins

May 2017
Subject – Any; Form – Minute
Judge: South Arkansas Poets of the Pines; 14 entries

  • First Place – “While Skipping Stones” – Sara Gipson
  • Second Place – “Goodbye” – LaVern Spencer McCarthy
  • Third Place – “Co-Existence” – John McPherson
  • First Honorable Mention – “In a Hurry” – Barbara Blanks
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Stranded” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Catullus’ Minute” – D. Beecher Smith, II

March 2017
Subject – Any; Form – English Sonnet
Judge: John Crawford; 17 entries

  • First Place – “Winter Love” – Vivian Barcroft
  • Second Place – “Nature’s Lift” – Marilyn Joyner
  • Third Place – “Mother’s Unconditional Love” – Don Crowson
  • First Honorable Mention – “Walking Wonders” – Cathy Parker
  • Second Honorable Mention – “On refusing to write about aging, etc.” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Honorable Mention – “The Persuasive Shepherd” – Barbara Blanks

Judge’s Comments:
     All 3 HM’s would qualify for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd.
     Several sonnets submitted do not retain true iambic pentameter metrics.

February 2017
Subject – Something to do with February;  Form – Any; 24 lines
Judge: Mandy Smart; 18 entries

  • First Place – “Love’s Chill” – Pauly Grace Bunting
  • Second Place – “February Yearning – John W. Crawford
  • Third Place – “Valentines Through the Years”- Don Crowson
  • First Honorable Mention – “Only February” – John McPherson
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Awakening” – Amanda Partridge
  • Third Honorable Mention – February’s Transformation” – Marilyn Joyner

January 2017
Subject – Winter;  Form – Free Verse
Judge: Laura Loughridge; 16 entries

  • First Place – “Snow Kisses” – Sara Gipson
  • Second Place – “A winter forest” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Place – “Winter is a mischievous child” – Jim Barton
  • First Honorable Mention – “Ode to a Season” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Slipping into Solstice” – Amanda Partridge
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Downhill Rapture” – Barbara Blanks

Judge’s comments: “It was wonderful to read such great imagery and unique words.  Some of the choices were hard.”

December 2016
Subject – Any;  Form – Sonnet (Specify type)
Judge: Pat Laster; 12 entries

  • First Place – “Fallen Stars” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Place – “Winter Walk” – Amanda Partridge
  • Third Place – “Bring Me A Sonnet” – Kim Vernon

November 2016
Subject – Any; Form – Blank verse narrative; 40 lines (in memory of Betty Heidelberger)
Judge: Florence Bruce; 9 entries

  • First Place – “Family Farm” – Jim Barton
  • Second Place – “From Farm Beginnings” – Sara Gipson
  • Third Place – “In God’s Time” – Cathy Parker
  • First Honorable Mention – “Syncopated Beats” – Don Crowson

September 2016
Subject – Fire; Form – Any;
Judge – Jim Barton; 16 entries

  • First Place – “Menopause” – Pat Durmon
  • Second Place – “Snow Fire” – Barbara Blanks
  • Third Place – “FIRESTORM” – Gail Denham
  • First Honorable Mention – “The Fire of Season” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Grok Learns Patience” – John McPherson
  • Third Honorable Mention – “The touch of fire” – Cathy Moran


August 2016
Subject – Any; Form – Any;
Judge: Jim Barton; 15 entries

  • First Place – “Stairs” – Cathy Moran
  • Second Place – “The Salve of Silence” – Sara Gipson
  • Third Place – “Diamonds” – John McPherson
  • First Honorable Mention – “New Crops” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Old Owl” – Donna Henson
  • Third Place – After our father died at age 90″ – Patricia Laster

July 2016
Form: Any; Subject: “Any”; Sponsor and Judge: Cathy Moran; 13 entries

  • First Place – “Willows” – John McBride
  • Second Place – “Dana and the Magic of Merlot” – D. Beecher Smith II
  • Third Place – “Ulysses the Liar” – Lilly Hobbs

June 2016
Form: Quintain; Subject: “Stars”; 15 entries

  • First Place – “Betelgeuse” – Kathy Helmer
  • Second Place – “Prison Perspectives” – D. Beecher Smith
  • Third Place – “Mortal” – Cathy Parker
  • First Honorable Mention – “Tanka” – Pat Laster
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Star Lights” – Carolyn Ann Cates
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Star Attraction” – Barbara Blanks

May 2016
Form: Free Verse; Subject: “Brooms”; 18 entries

  • First Place – “That Fatal Broom” – D. Beecher Smith
  • Second Place – “Clean Sweep” – Jodine K. Tooke
  • Third Place – “Swept Away” – Cathy Parker
  • First Honorable Mention – “In the corner” – Marilyn Joyner
  • Second Honorable Mention – “The Great Equalizer” – Don Crowson
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Straw Man” – Elizabeth Dail

April 2016 – No monthly contest.

March 2016
Form: Rhymed Couplets; Subject: “Food/cooking”; 13 entries

  • First Place – “Grandma’s Rolls” – Jennifer Purinton
  • Second Place – “Epicurean Banquet” – Barb Blanks
  • Third Place – “Breakfast thoughts” – Cathy Moran
  • First Honorable Mention – “Ruby Kraut” – Karen Hayes
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Meals of Thanksgiving” – Don Crowson
  • Third Honorable Mention – “I tastefully submit my petition” – Dennis Patton

February 2016
Form: Sonnet; Subject: “Love for our pets”; 15 entries

  • First Place  – “First job, First love” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Place – “The Feeling’s Mutual” – Don Crowson
  • Third Place – “For Drake (my Boston Terrier): In Memoriam” – D. Beecher Smith II

January 2016
Form: Any; Subject: “How it Begins”; 15 entries

  • First Place (tie) – “The Take-Home Box” – Barb Blanks
  • First Place (tie) – “How it Begins: A lovely N0cturne” – John McBride
  • Second Place – “The invitation that started it all” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Place – “Lesson Learned” – Betty Heidelberger
  • First Honorable Mention – “How we begin” – Jim Barton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Pretending Again” – Don Crowson
  • Third Honorable Mention – “How it begins” – Vivian Hoskins

December 2015
Form: Rondelet; Subject: “Winter”; 21 entries

  • First Place – “I’m Cold and I Don’t Want to Take it Anymore!” – Barb J. Blanks
  • Second Place – “The edge of winter” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Place – “December Wind” – Jim Barton
  • First Honorable Mention – “The darkness of winter” – Ann Carolyn Cates
  • Second Honorable Mention – “The Snow” – Pat Laster
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Frozen Fun” – Cathy Parker

November 2015
Form: Free Verse; Subject: “The End”; Judges: Monterey Sirak; 24 entries

  • First Place – “Nursing Home Sweethearts” – Liz Faulkner
  • Second Place – “Only the leaves die” – Karen Kay Bailey
  • Third Place – “New Pencil” – Jim Barton
  • First Honorable Mention – “In the North Atlantic” – John McBride
  • Second Honorable Mention – “The Last Day” – Karen Hayes
  • Third Honorable Mention – “The end of an art” – Dennis Patton

October 2015 featured no monthly contest because of Poetry Day.

September 2015
Form: Any; Subject: “In praise of Earthly things”

  • First Place – “Life Of Ease” – Don Crowson
  • Second Place – “Boxed Set: Snowflakes and Stars” – Karen Hayes
  • Third Place – “Earthworms at Vacation Bible School” – Elizabeth Faulkner
  • First Honorable Mention – “Morning Glory” – Barb Blanks
  • Second Honorable Mention – “In Praise of Autumn” – Pat Durmon
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Storms at Sea” – Ann Carolyn Cates

August 2015
Form: Any; Subject: Any; Judges: MHFV; 20 entries

  • First Place – “Revival” – Pat Laster
  • Second Place – “Undercover Romance” – Karen Hayes
  • Third Place – “A Question Before I Go” – Jim Barton
  • First Honorable Mention – “Fed By Starlight” – Elizabeth Dail
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Blackhawk Speaks” – John McBride
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Tanka” – Liz Faulkner

July 2015
Form: Haiku; Judges: Jim & Mark Barton; 18 entries

  • First Place – “The rains did not come” – Betty Heidelberger
  • Second Place – “In August garden” – Ann Carolyn Cates
  • Third Place – “across a dark pond” – Alana Mahaffey
  • First Honorable Mention – “Warm air hangs heavy” – Karen Kay Bailey
  • Second Honorable Mention – “autumn’s stone-gray clouds” – Don Crowson
  • Third Honorable Mention – “warm breeze rocks hammock” – Barbara Blanks

June 2015
Form: Etheree; Subject: Ants and crawly things; Judge: Diane Stefan; 17 entries

  • First Place – “Tranquility” – Lee Ann Russell
  • Second Place – “Bugged Out” – Jim Barton
  • Third Place – “Too Close for Comfort” – Karen Hayes
  • First Honorable Mention – “About My Ant Problem” – D. Beecher Smith,II
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Of ants and poems” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Incompatibility” – Karen Kay Bailey

April 2015
Form: Any; Subject: April Showers; Judge: Kathy Helmer; 17 entries

  • First Place – “Beyond the rain” –  Jim Barton
  • Second Place – “Observing the deluge” –  D. Beecher Smith, ll
  • Third Place – “And sometimes, rainy day” –  Karen Kay Bailey
  • First Honorable Mention – “Kiss of life” –  Marilyn V. Joyner
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Haiku” –  Betty Heidelberger
  • Third Honorable Mention – “That’s life” –  Don Crowson

March 2015
Form: Any, 16 lines; Subject: Spring; Judge: Amanda Smart; 23 entries

  • First Place – “Kid Stuff” – Karen Hayes
  • Second Place – “Mama’s Garden” –  Pat Durmon
  • Third Place – “The Eternal Courtship” –  Marla Bennett
  • First Honorable Mention – “On Attending An April Wedding in Arkansas” –  Alana Merritt Mahaffey
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Epitath” – Betty Heidelberger
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Return of the Butterfly” – Karen Kay Bailey

February 2015
Form: Haiku; Subject: Haiku sequence; Judge: Pat Laster; 19 entries

  • First Place – Jim Barton
  • Second Place – John McBride
  • Third Place – D. Beecher Smith, ll
  • First Honorable Mention – Alana Merritt Mahaffey
  • Second Honorable Mention – Liz Faulkner
  • Third Honorable Mention – Diane Stefan

January 2015
Form: Free verse, 32 lines; Subject: Mountains; Judge: Pat Durmon; 13 entries

  • First Place – “My mountain” – Cathy Moran
  • Second Place – “Mountains of the Moon” – Jim Barton
  • Third Place – “Get-Away” – Pat Laster
  • First Honorable Mention – “Pinnacle” – Karen Hayes
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Nature’s Wonders” – Kathy Helmer
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Moonset and Mountains” – Diane Stefan

December 2014
Form: Free verse; Subject: Any; Judge: Cathy Moran; 15 entries

  • First Place – “Private Language” – Karen Hayes
  • Second Place – “And then, only quiet” – Alana Merritt Mahaffey
  • Third Place – “After Leaving There” – Gail Denham
  • First Honorable Mention – “A Gift of Poems” – Pat Laster
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Senses of Home” – Marilyn Joyner
  • Third Honorable Mention – “An Outdoor Wedding in May” – Sara Gipson

November 2014
Form: Any; Subject: Wildlife; Judge: Jim Barton; 16 entries

  • First place – “Wild mustangs” – Cathy Moran
  • Second place – “Skunk” – Karen Hayes
  • Third place – “HIDE” – Diane Stefan
  • First Honorable Mention – “For Rainbow Trout” – Sarah Gipson
  • Second Honorable Mention – “ALLIGATOR PARK” – Gail Denham
  • Third Honorable Mention – “The Mirrored Mime” – Karen Bailey

October 2014 featured no monthly contest.

September 2014
Form: Any; Subject: Newspaper; Sponsor and judge: Betty Heidelberger; 19 entries

  • First Place – “Apollo 11 Moon Landing” – Doreen Bailey
  • Second Place – “Waiting for the Newspaper Interview, I Succumb to Curiosity” – Jim Barton
  • Third Place – “Small Town Echo” – Jackye Swyers
  • First Honorable Mention – “Getting the News” – Cathy Parker
  • Second Honorable Mention – “A bus is destroyed” – Cathy Moran
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Life in Eleven Lines” – Diane Stefan

August 2014
Form: Any; Subject: Any; Sponsor and judge: Mildred McKinney; 14 entries

  • First Place – “To A First Grade Teacher” – Sara Gipson
  • Second Place – “The Groundhog” – Marilyn Joyner
  • Third Place – “TV Today” – John Fewkes
  • First Honorable Mention – “Wildflower” – Jim Barton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “1945” – Alana Merritt Mahaffey
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Back in the Day” – Donna Henson

July 2014
Form: Free Verse; Subject: Tunnels; Sponsors and judges: Mountain Home Free Verse Poetry Group; 7 entries

  • First Place – “Tunnels” – Alana Merritt Mahaffey
  • Second Place – “At Wind River Canyon” – Jim Barton
  • Third Place – “Signs of Progress” – Don Crowson

June 2014
Form: Any; Subject: Children; Sponsor and judge: Jim Barton; 17 entries 

  • First Place – “Nursery Rhymes” – Pat Durmon
  • Second Place – “Field Day” – Sara Gipson
  • Third Place – “Going to the Mailbox” – Dennis Patton
  • First Honorable Mention – ‘’”Little army/big army” – Cathy Moran
  • Second Honorable Mention  – “son-shine” – Debra Riggs
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Sonnet for your First Day of School” – Alana Merritt Mahaffey

April 2014
Form: Free verse; Subject: Tomatoes & Tornadoes; Sponsor and Judge: Harding Stedler; 14 entries

  • First Place – “Tomatoes Yield to Tornadoes” – Sara Gipson
  • Second Place –”All about tomatoes and tornadoes”  – Cathy Moran
  • Third Place – “What Now?” – Gail Denham
  • Honorable Mention – “Tornadoes and Tomatoes” – Don Crowson

March 2014
Form: Rhymed; Sponsor and Judge: John Crawford; 14 entries

  • First Place – “In Arkansas” – Don Crowson
  • Second Place – “Ego” – Caroline Sposto
  • Third Place –  “Wheels”  – D. Beecher Smith, II
  • First Honorable Mention – “Do Not Disdain The Farmer Life He Leads” – Dennis Patton
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Choices” – Lee Ann Russell
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Cost” – Cathy Parker

February 2014
Form: Any; Subject: Love; Sponsor and Judge: Dennis Patton;  15 entries

  • First Place – “Reflections of Love” – Vivian Barcroft
  • Second Place – “Moon, Stars, Love” – Jim Barton
  • Third Place – “A Long Love” – Marilyn Joyner
  • First Honorable Mention – “Anniversary Poem” – Alana Merritt Mahaffey
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Surprise Gift” – Cathy Parker
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Unspoken Eulogy” – Caroline Sposto

January 2014
Form:  Free Verse; Subject: Poetry; Sponsor and Judge: Laura Loughridge; 14 entries

  • First Place – “It’s Poetry” – Don Crowson
  • Second Place – “Seeds” – Cathy Parker
  • Third Place – “Variations Upon Poetry” – Donna Henson
  • First Honorable Mention – “A Way to Keep You Sane” – Pat Durmon
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Why Poetry” – Marilyn Joyner
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Golden Love” – Vivian Barcroft

December 2013
Form: Any; Subject: Winter; Sponsor and Judges: Baxter County Poets Association; 14 entries

  • First Place – ‘Winter Prayer” – Jim Barton
  • Second Place – “Bright Side of Winter” – Cathy Parker
  • Third Place – “The Christmas Gift” – Kitty Smith
  • First Honorable Mention – “Winter’s Way” – Vivian Barcroft
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Waiting on the Weather” – Betty Heidelberger
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Snowed In”  – Faye B. Wise

November 2013
Form: Any; Subject: Out of Doors; Sponsor: Jim Barton; 10 entries

  • First Place – “Discovering light” – Cathy Moran
  • Second place – “Insignificant Things” – Dennis Patton
  • Third place – “On the Art of Waiting” – Pat Durmon
  • First Honorable Mention – “Life is a bed of roses” – Caroline Sposto
  • Second Honorable Mention – “The Birds of No Season” – John McBride
  • Third Honorable Mention – “Finally, Out of Doors” – Don Crowson

September 2013
Form: Any; Subject: Any; Sponsor: Betty Heidelberger ; 8 entries

  • First Place – “Unbroken” – Jim Barton
  • Second Place – “The Curse of No Regrets” – Don Crowson
  • Third Place – “Indian Summer” – Dewell H. Byrd
  • First Honorable Mention – “Dreamland” – Sara Gipson
  • Second Honorable Mention – “Fright”  – Dennis Patton
  • Third Honorable Mention – “This the Difference Between You and Me” – Laura Loughridge