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Contest Winners at Utmost

Contest winners for recent contests and previous years are listed. We do not necessarily publish all winning works; publication is at our discretion.

If you thought you had written a winning entry, but your entry was not chosen, here are a few notes about our judging process.

2016 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,000 in prizes paid)

Poems are listed in the exact order they were chosen by judges.

First Prize: $1,000
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

Deliverance

Second Prize: $500
Jan Wood
Big River, Saskatchewan

Intricate

Honorable Mention: $100
Janna Schledorn
Melbourne, Florida

Mother Church

Honorable Mention: $100
Alex Barbera
St. Davids, Ontario

This is His Holy Sanctuary

Honorable Mention: $100
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, British Columbia

The Longsuffering of Old Bibles

Honorable Mention: $100
Leah Stewart
Fayette, Iowa

I Meet God in the Dojo

Honorable Mention: $100
Garth von Buchholz
Victoria, British Columbia

Newcastle Island and the Irrelevance of Stars

Honorable Mention: $100
Kendra Songer
Littleton, Colorado

Slingshot or Tent Pegs

Honorable Mention: $100
Kira Larsen
Ithaca, New York

then

Honorable Mention: $100
Zach Hapeman
Hanwell, New Brunswick

The ClockMaker

Honorable Mention: $100
Roger Biehn
Moorefield, Ontario

American Thanksgiving

Honorable Mention: $100
Lochlanina Tobey
Christiansburg, Virginia

Telling

First Prize Rhyming Poem: $300
Phyllis Woods
Winter Park, Florida

Saving Arms That Rescue Me

Honorable Mention for Rhyming Poem: $200
Zach Hapeman
Hanwell, New Brunswick

The Clockmaker

2015 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,100 in prizes paid)

Poems are listed in the exact order they were chosen by judges.

First Prize: $1,000
Bryana Johnson
Abilene, Texas

We Should Talk More About the Country

Second Prize: $500
Mark Wagenaar
Denton, Texas

The Trick

Honorable Mention: $100
James Beard
Follett, Texas

Before Existence—Is

Honorable Mention: $100
Roger Biehn
Mooresfield, Ontario

Daybreak Over Sinai

Honorable Mention: $100
Lauren Hennessey Jackson
Seoul, South Korea

The Race

Honorable Mention: $100
Tad Cornell
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

My Clock Died

Honorable Mention: $100
Emma Ruth Pesonen
Espoo, Finland

In Bangkok

Honorable Mention: $100
Diane Pacitti
London, England

Joseph Close to Death

Honorable Mention: $100
Joanna Bradford
Palatine, Illinois

The Caretaker

Honorable Mention: $100
Chelsea Wagenaar
Denton, Texas

Advent

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Zolper
Modesto, California

How to Write Poetry

Honorable Mention: $100
Marianne Jones
Thunder Bay, Ontario

addiction

Founder's Prize: $100
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

memories from the man in the tombs

First Prize Rhyming Poem: $300
Roger Dee Crane
Campo, California

Eden's Bloom

Honorable Mention for Rhyming Poem: $200
Laurie Flanagan
Auburn, New Hampshire

A Winter Night, an Infant and a God Who Never Sleeps

2014 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1,000
Chuck Collins
San Antonio, Texas

New Day

Second Prize: $500
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

In the Middle

Honorable Mention: $100
Jendi Reiter
Northampton, Massachusetts

Lord of the Storm

Honorable Mention: $100
A. Charity Higgins Johnson
Jakarta, Indonesia

Unbending

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

Hide and Seek

Honorable Mention: $100
Tom Reynolds
Windsor, Ontario

After Greenlawn

Honorable Mention: $100
Mary Rudbeck Stanko
London, Ontario

Carpenter's Reverie

Honorable Mention: $100
Roger Biehn
Moorefield, Ontariio

Jeremiah

Honorable Mention: $100
(also First Prize Rhyming: $300)
John MacBean
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Pleiades & Orion

Honorable Mention: $100
Tammi Rothman
Howard Beach, New York

When the Lyrebird Promises God

Honorable Mention: $100
Susan Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Begin the Song Exactly Where You Are

Honorable Mention: $100
Laurie Flanigan
Auburn, New Hampshire

If Easter Unraveled

First Prize Rhyming Poem: $300
John MacBean
Fredericton, New Brunswick

Pleiades & Orion

Honorable Mention for Rhyming Poem: $200
Valerie Garding
Winfield, British Columbia

Tsunami

2013 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1,000
Bryana Johnson
Dallas, Texas

The Cave

Second Prize: $500
Sandra Savage
Calgary, Alberta

The Cock Crows for Me

Honorable Mention: $100
Shannon Johnson
Klondike, Texas

Transposition

Honorable Mention: $100
Richard D. Lucero
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Transfiguring Mercy

Honorable Mention: $100
Chelsea Wagenaar
Denton, Texas

Nocturne Anesthesiologist

Honorable Mention: $100
Mary Rudbeck Stanko
London, Ontario

Angels

Honorable Mention: $100
Donna Nelesen
Phoenix, Arizona

Rapture Dream

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

The Secret of Samson's Strength

Honorable Mention: $100
Jenna Christine Pashley
Rio de Janeiro

Jesus Walks

Honorable Mention: $100
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

The Red Plum Tree

Honorable Mention: $100
Margaret Eckman
Swampscott, Mass

Constant prayer

Honorable Mention: $100
Jendi Reiter
Northampton, Mass

The Name-Stone

First Prize Rhyming Poem: $300
Bryana Johnson
Klondike, Texas

Dénouement

Honorable Mention for Rhyming Poem: $200
Henry Klooster
Leduc, Alberta

God's Violin

2012 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $600
Jennifer Galey
Pelham,, Alabama

When I Was A Sadducee

Second Prize: $400
Courtney Kampa
Oak Hill, Virginia

Inventory of Half-Burnt Offerings

Third Prize: $200
Shannon Johnson
Klondike, Texas

Capax Infinity

Honorable Mention: $50
David Marsh
Danville, Indiana

Making Adam

Honorable Mention: $50
Laurie Flanigan
Kingston, Maine

We Are Not Bilingual

Honorable Mention: $50
Rosemary Arambel Walch
Chattaqnooga, Tennessee

Jubilee

Honorable Mention: $50
Janna Cottingham
Irving, Texas

untitled

Honorable Mention: $50
Luke Bonkiewicz
Lincoln, Nebraska

Soft Dexterity

Honorable Mention: $50
Elizabeth Dunbar
Spokane, Washington
Elizabeth also won $200 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $250.

Gethsemane

Honorable Mention: $50
Emily Snellings
Whitby, Ontario

For this most amazing day

Honorable Mention: $50
Sarah Beatty
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Sarah also won $100 for Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $150.

Him who leads us home

Honorable Mention: $50
Joe Lepire
Corona, California

The Soft Word Spoken

Honorable Mention: $50
Rhondal King
San Antonio, Texas

Fixed on You

Best Rhyming Poem: $200
Elizabeth Dunbar
Chattaqnooga, Tennessee

Gethsemane

Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem: $100
Sarah Beatty
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Him who leads us home

2012 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1,000
Mark Wagenaar
Denton, Texas

Mahler's Symphony of a
Thousand

Second Prize: $500
Bryana Johnson
Dallas,Texas

The Quintessence of Dust in Wartime

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

Miscarriage

Honorable Mention: $100
Chelsea Wagenaar
Denton, Texas

Penance V

Honorable Mention: $100
Amanda McQuade
Charlotte, North Carolina

Modern Hymn

Honorable Mention: $100
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois

Paradigm Shift

Honorable Mention: $100
Christine Goodnough
Delisle, Saskatchewan

Another Writing About Breast Cancer

Honorable Mention: $100
M. R. Byrd
Chicago, Illinois

To Your Picture

Honorable Mention: $100
Delia Corrigan
Columbia, South Carolina

Baby Poem

Honorable Mention: $100
Brenda McGann
Los Angeles, California

Vine Dressing

Honorable Mention: $100
Vicki Goodfellow Duke
Calgary, Alberta

Magic Ruby

Honorable Mention: $100
Marianne Jones
Fowler, Ontario

Waiting for Transcendence

First Prize Rhyming Poem: $300
Sean Gunning
Long Beach, California

Judas

Honorable Mention for Rhyming Poem: $200
Jonathan Batteas
BeaverCreek, Ohio

The Poet

2011 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $500
Bryana Joy Johnson
Dallas, Texas

That You Love One Another

Second Prize: $300
Maureen Menosky
Nicholson, Georgia
Maureen also won $100 Founder's Prize, for a total of $400. All of Maureen's 5 entered poems made the judge's shortlist.

Blessed and Broken

Third Prize: $200
Dan Williams
Columbus, Mississippi
Dan also won $100 for Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $300.

Found

Honorable Mention: $50
Maria Lisa Polegatto
Sydney, Nova Scotia

I Chose the Light

Honorable Mention: $50
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

Angels that Measure

Honorable Mention: $50
Laura L. Bradford
Walla Walla, Washington
Laura also won $150 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $200.

On Spirit's Wind

Honorable Mention: $50
Jonathan Peiffer
Irving, Texas

Rusty Mustardseed

Honorable Mention: $50
Vincent Rondenelli
Clinton, New York

The Earthly Dome (Sonnet)

Honorable Mention: $50
Samuel Wallace Bender
Potomac, Maryland

James 1:2–4

Honorable Mention: $50
Michele Bryant
Abington, Pennsylvania

The Faith Artist

Honorable Mention: $50
Gary Little
Binghamton, New York

The Old Coat of Despair

Honorable Mention: $50
Amy Robinson
Birmingham, Alabama

The Terror

Honorable Mention: $50
Richard Iinicki
Tarpon Springs, Florida

The Grave Digger

Honorable Mention: $50
Emily Stewart
Three Hills, Alberta

Your Joy, It Will Come in the Morning

Honorable Mention: $50
Natalie Watkins
San Antonio, Texas

Deaf and Blind

Honorable Mention: $50
Christina Van Starkenburg
Brantford, Ontario

Dizzy

Honorable Mention: $50
Candace Miesse
Federal Way, Washington

When I Was No More than a Child

Best Rhyming Poem: $150
Laura L. Bradford
Walla Walla, Washington

On Spirit's Wind

Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem: $100
Dan Williams
Columbus, Mississippi

Found


2011 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,200 in prizes paid)

During the coming week, the winning entries of the 2011 Utmost Contest will be posted for reading.

First Prize: $1,000
Sandra Savage
Calgary, Alberta

Your World is Reflected in Each Rain-Droplet Covered Leaf

Second Prize: $600
Charles Van Gorkom
Smithers, British Columbia

To Be Made Again

Honorable Mention: $100
Ellen Pashley
Edmonton, Alberta

Whenever you take this cup

Honorable Mention: $100
Brandon Fox
Kensett, Arizona

A Wave

Honorable Mention: $100
Lochlanina Tobey
Christiansburg, Virginia

The Cloud Burners

Honorable Mention: $100
Chelsea Henderson
Charlottesville, Virginia

From a Poet to His Physician

Honorable Mention: $100
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois

The Imp and the Rumor

Honorable Mention: $100
John Barrale
Cliffside Park, New Jersey

Lazarus' Widow the Second Time

Honorable Mention: $100
Tim Miller
Lolo, Montana

Creation

Honorable Mention: $100
Bryana Johnson
Dallas, Texas

The Last Sleeping Moment

Honorable Mention: $100
Heather McGillivray
Chelmsford, Ontario

Flypaper Parable

Honorable Mention: $100
Jason Fairhurst Wall
Placentia, California

The Unadulterated Christ

Honorable Mention: $100
H. C. Pyeatte
Chandler, Arizona
An additional Honorable Mention funded by Utmost founder, Nathan Harms.

Contemplation

Best Rhyming Poem: $300
Laurie Flanigan
Kingston, Massachusetts

Hidden in the Lairs

Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem: $100
Jeanette Stickel
Mendocino, California

Ode to an Oak

Founder's Prize for Rhyming Poem: $100
John Vigren
Blairstown, New Jersey
An additional Rhyming Prize funded by Utmost founder, Nathan Harms, for a poem which he particularly favored.

He Stands Outside of Time

2010 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,100 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $500
Stephanie Grammenopoulos
Brooklin, Ontario

From Achor to Hope

Second Prize: $300
Judith Kittredge
Nashville, Tennessee

Alzheimer's

Third Prize: $200
Alyson Kissner
North Vancouver , British Columbia

Dye Testaments (in war)

Honorable Mention: $100
Micah McDonald
Austin, Texas

An Exploration of Caritas

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

The Intercessor

Honorable Mention: $100
Catherine Sabeh
Middlesex, England
Catherine also won $200 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $300.

Death and Melancholy

Honorable Mention: $100
Donald A. McKinney
Wichita, Kansas

Glory to Glory

Honorable Mention: $100
Charles Van Gorkom
Smithers, British Columbia

Simple Faith

Honorable Mention: $100
Gary Little
Binghamton, New York

He Waits on the Edges of Fields

Honorable Mention: $100
Bryana Johnson
Dallas, Texas
Bryana also won $100 for Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $200.

The Hound of Heaven

Founder's Prize : $100
Christine Goodnough
Delisle, Saskatchewan

The Heavens Declare

Best Rhyming Poem: $200.00
Catherine Sabeh Bodwei-Majdoub
Middlesex, England

Death and Melancholy

Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem: $100
Bryana Johnson
Dallas, Texas

The Hound of Heaven

2010 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1,000
Mark Wagenaar
Charlottesville, Virginia

The Other World

Second Prize: $600
Carolyn E. M. Gibney
Roslindale, Massachusetts

Mary, young (sestina)

Honorable Mention: $100
Stacey Marshburn
Morrisville, North Carolina

Expecting

Honorable Mention: $100
Jenna Pashley
Spencer, Indiana

Bartolo No. 2

Honorable Mention: $100
Lochlanina Tobey
Christiansburg, Virginia

You Might Drown in the Sky

Honorable Mention: $100
Andrew Kooman
Red Deer, Alberta

I Who Am Entering

Honorable Mention: $100
Kaitlyn Linsley
Mason, Michigan

The Returned Amen

Honorable Mention: $100
Grace Vermeer
Sarnia, Ontario
Grace also won $300 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $400.

Moving West

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

Message in a Bottle

Honorable Mention: $100
Donna Wallace
Winston Salem, North Carolina

Certain Samaritan

Honorable Mention: $100
Ellen Gray
Pleasonton, California

The Widow

Honorable Mention: $100
W. F. Lantry
Silver Spring, Maryland

from Chaplet for Our Lady

Best Rhyming Poem: $300
Grace Vermeer
Sarnia, Ontario

The Snow Crocus

Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem: $100
Abigail Knutson
Alexandria, Virginia

Elegy from the Garden


2009 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $500
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois
Karen also won $200 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $700.

Endgame

Second Prize: $300
Charles Meyrick
Fairfield, Connecticut

Sargasso

Third Prize: $200
Amber Albee Swenson
Rochester, Minnesota

Evidence: Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

Honorable Mention: $100
Jennifer Galey
Pelham, Alabama

Shrink the Dark

Honorable Mention: $100
Jim Ingram
Tampa, Florida

Awakening in Tunica, Mississippi

Honorable Mention: $100
Daphne Nichols
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Night

Honorable Mention: $100
Alyson Kissner
West Vancouver, British Columbia

Pocket Jesus

Honorable Mention: $100
Hetty Ruth White
Atlanta, Georgia

The Best Part

Honorable Mention: $100
Donald Arthur McKinney
Wichita, Kansas

Death Valley

Honorable Mention: $100
Richard Handley
Mansfield, United Kingdom

Read My Words

Best Rhyming Poem: $200.00
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois

Aporia of the Gift

Traditional Rhyming Poem: $100
Elizabeth Cole
Seguin, Texas

Carve Your Name Into the Cross


2009 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$3,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1,500
David Hopes
Asheville, North Carolina

A Passion Play

Second Prize: $500
Lochlanina Tobey
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Finality of Rain

Third Prize: $350
Nola Perez
Fernandina Beach, Florida

The Drowning Moment

Honorable Mention: $100
Rev. Penelope A. Thoms
Lovettsville, Virginia

Market Day

Honorable Mention: $250
Daphne Nichols
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Daphne also won $150 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $250.

The Answer

Honorable Mention: $100
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Midnight Stanza

Honorable Mention: $100
Fernand Michaud
Marblehead, Massachusetts

The Sorry Christs

Best Rhyming Poem: $150.00
Daphne Nichols
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Answer

Honorable Mention Rhyming Poem: $100
B. E. Stock
Brooklyn, New York

Evening Prayer


2008 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $500
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois

Many Mansions

Second Prize: $300
Bo Niles
New York, New York

Cloud Cover

Third Prize: $100
Leticia Austria
San Antonio, Texas
Leticia also won $250 for Best Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $350.

A Pianist's Farewell Upon Entering the Cloister

Honorable Mention: $50
Rhonda Brown
Mesa, Arizona

Choosing Points

Honorable Mention: $50
Catriona MacKay
London, United Kingdom

The Annunciation, c. 1500, artist unknown

Honorable Mention: $50
John P. Camilli
Burton, Michigan

First Holy Communion Sunday April 27, 2008

Honorable Mention: $50
Derek Witten
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Longing and Stacked Lumber

Honorable Mention: $50
Leah Stewart
Hazard, Kentucky

The Other Daughter of Laban

Honorable Mention: $50
Seanse Lynch Ducken
Ellensburg, Washington

Communion: The Bread; The Cup

Honorable Mention: $50
Laurel Rogers
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Melted

Honorable Mention: $50
Tyler J. Simmons
Sedalia, Missouri

Shades of Gray

Honorable Mention: $50
Helen D. Cannon
Norwood, Virginia

Clouds Drift

Honorable Mention: $50
Emily Sadlier
Calgary, Alberta

Creative fall

Honorable Mention: $50
George Koynok
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Silence

Honorable Mention: $50
Nicholas Saari
Falcon Heights, Minnesota

Grandma's Love for Me

Honorable Mention: $50
Jonathan Seth Peiffer
Houston, Texas

Over Our Whiskey Waters

Honorable Mention: $50
Lorraine Buck
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Lorraine also won $100 for Best Traditional Rhyming Poem (below), for a total of $150.

The Prayerful Sower

Honorable Mention: $50
Florence Adrien Graham
Duluth, Georgia

When I Say that I Love Jesus

Best Rhyming Poem: $250.00
Leticia Austria
San Antonio, Texas

A Pianist's Farewell Upon Entering the Cloister

Traditional Rhyming Poem: $100
Lorraine Buck
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The Prayerful Sower


2008 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$4,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1000
Anna Smalley
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

The Crossroads

Second Prize: $500
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois
Karen also won $200 for Best Rhyming Poem (below)

Call Out of Exile

Third Prize: $150
Jendi Reiter
Northampton, Massachusetts

Called Out

Honorable Mention: $100
Brian K. Olson
Star, Idaho

Repentance

Honorable Mention: $100
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Oh, Poet, where do you live?

Honorable Mention: $100
Lochlanina Tobey
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Starting Sunday Morning

Honorable Mention: $100
Katherine Jeffrey
Waco, Texas

Eva / Ave

Honorable Mention: $100
Alex Porter
Stirling, Scotland

The Trade

Honorable Mention: $100
Leah Stewart
Rochester, New York

We'll each leave behind twelve basketfuls

Honorable Mention: $100
Temple Cone
Annapolis, Maryland

The Prodigal

Honorable Mention: $100
Jenna C. Pashley
Spencer, Indiana

Portrait of a Kansas farmwife

Honorable Mention: $100
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

Yahweh

Honorable Mention: $100
Mary Rudbeck Stanko
London, Ontario

You Who Read This, I Remember You

Merit Award: $50
Bethany Carlson
Jonesboro, Indiana

The Lord's Prayer
We have agreed not to post Bethany's poem, as she has now submitted it for publication elsewhere.

Merit Award: $50
Christina Beasley
Vienna, Virginia

On miracles

Merit Award: $50
Andrew Kooman
Red Deer, Alberta

wring the blood from my veins

Merit Award: $50
Marianne Jones
Thunder Bay, Ontario

power outtage

Merit Award: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Langley, British Columbia

The Prodigal's Things

Merit Award: $50
Susan Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Phases

Merit Award: $50
Ned Condini
Etowah, North Carolina

The Knight of Celano

Merit Award: $50
Daryl Wocknitz
Champion, Alberta

(dark house)

Merit Award: $50
Sarah Burgoyne
Langley, British Columbia

Peter's Dream

Merit Award: $50
Darlene Moore Berg
Doe Run, Missouri

It's Not the Bread, Man

Merit Award: $50
Mark Amorose
Mesa, Arizona
Mark also won $100 for Honorable Mention: Rhyming Poem (below)

Saguaros on the way to San Xavier del Bac, the White Dove of the Desert

Merit Award: $50
Mary McDonald
Aurora, Ontario

Dark Night

Merit Award: $50
Johannah Banham
Ferndale, Washington

Holding On

Merit Award: $50
Jennie Bryant
Springvale, Maine
Jennie also won $50 for Merit Award: Rhyming Poem (below)

Untitled, begun May 8, 2001

Merit Award: $50
Sabrina L'Heureux
Dawson Creek, British Columbia

What Poppa left me

Merit Award: $50
Dick Hayes
Liverpool, England

Requiem for a Retiring Soul,

Merit Award: $50
Christy Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Embalmed

Merit Award: $50
Lauraine Saretsky
Edmonton, Alberta

The Dark Night

Merit Award: $50
Peggy Fletcher
Sarnia, Ontario

Saved

Merit Award: $50
Lorraine Buck
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Outside Sunset Nursing Home

Best Rhyming Poem: $200
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois

THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR
In Memory of Donald Hayes, SJ: 1925-2005

Honorable Mention for Rhyming Poem: $100
Mark Amorose
Mesa, Arizona

Saguaros on the way to San Xavier del Bac, the White Dove of the Desert

Merit Award for Rhyming Poetry: $50
Jennie Bryant
Springvale, Maine

Untitled, begun May 8, 2001

2007 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $500
Leah Stewart
Rochester, New York

I have more of his paintings than Rockwell's

Second Prize: $300
Sabrina L'Heureux
Dawson Creek, British Columbia

What I'm left with

Third Prize: $100
Matt Rust
Stoughton, Wisconsin

Peach Preserves

Honorable Mention: $50
Ned Condini
Etowa, North Carolina

Hamlet in Ridge Park

Honorable Mention: $50
Alethea Black
Holmes, New York

Car Ride, 1979

Honorable Mention: $50
Hetty White
Covington, Georgia

Tree Jazz

Honorable Mention: $50
Leslie J. Cook
Welland, South Australia

The Jesus Bird

Honorable Mention: $50
Kristina Lim
Fort Collins, Colorado

Boys in the balcony

Honorable Mention: $50
Amanda McQuade
Burbank, California

Jonah and I

Honorable Mention: $50
Cindy Jackson
Rocklin, California

Ruined

Honorable Mention: $50
Ric Booth
Gambrills, Maryland

the rich young american

Honorable Mention: $50
Erick S. Brown
Springfield, Oregon

Eucharist in a Mid-October Night

Honorable Mention: $50
Megan Elaine Davis
Clinton, Maine

The Closing

Honorable Mention: $50
Karen Winterburn
Glenview, Illinois

Encounter

Honorable Mention: $50
Matthew David Mitchell
Suffolk, Virginia

Wretched From the Get-Go

Honorable Mention: $50
Joe Miller
Wilmington, North Carolina

Intimacy with Heaven

Honorable Mention: $50
Margaret Klaassen
Brisbane, Australia

God's Love Heals

Honorable Mention: $50
Louise Marie Croese
Yeppoon, Australia

I, the Story

Best Rhyming Poem: $250.00
Alethea Black
Holmes, New York

Untitled, for Bill Silverman

Best Traditional Rhyming Poem
Traditional Rhyming Poem: $100
Ellyn Eddy
Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Perspectives on the Kingdom


2007 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest
(US$4,100 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1050
Jan Wood
Big River, Saskatchewan
Includes $50 Founder's Prize

just as you are in me and i am in you

Second Prize: $700
Jendi Reiter
Northampton, Massachusetts
Includes $200 first prize for best rhyming poem

World's Fattest Cat Has World's Fattest Kittens

Third Prize: $150
Tina Blevins
Charlottesville, Virginia

Fear and Trembling

Honorable Mention: $200
Daniel A. Kemper
Alameda, California
Includes $100 second prize for a rhyming poem

Through the windshield, the road

Honorable Mention: $150
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Includes $150 Founder's Prize

Twisting the Question

Honorable Mention: $100
Susanna Childress
Holland, Michigan

After Andrei Rublev's The Savior of Zvenigorod, 15th C.

Honorable Mention: $100
Alexa V. Behmer
Longmont, Colorado

God's Hand

Honorable Mention: $100
Mary Rudbeck Stanko
London, Ontario

The Day After Ash Wednesday

Honorable Mention: $150
Glenn B. Atkinson
Princeton Junction, New Jersey

Includes $50 third prize for a rhyming poem

Apologies to Christopher Smart and Jeoffrey

Honorable Mention: $100
Nalani Garward
Melbourne, Australia

for Donelle (poem for my sister)

Merit Award : $100
Lochlanina Tobey
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

June, With Her Eyes Closed

Honorable Mention: $100
Andrew Kooman
Red Deer, Alberta

Together We Examine My Heart, Seven Years Later

Honorable Mention: $100
Bobbi Dykema Katsanis
Berkeley, California

becoming

Honorable Mention: $50
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

The Cloak

Honorable Mention: $50
Susan Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Coffee Stop

Merit Award: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Surrey, British Columbia

Converting to Childhood

Merit Award: $50
Sharon R. Haynes
Chardon, Ohio

Imagine—Glory!

Merit Award: $50
Angela Erickson
Salida, California

20 Years Since Chernobyl

Merit Award: $50
Dick Hayes
Liverpool, United Kingdom

Midnight Raiders

Merit Award: $50
Carol Owens
Chino, California

On the Death of a Daughter

Merit Award: $50
Christy Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Life-cycle

Merit Award: $50
Robert W. Cely
Columbia, South Carolina

Vespers

Merit Award: $50
David Brennan
Victoria, British Columbia

A Trek Through the Hills

Merit Award: $50
P. D. Gray
Penge, United Kingdom

rest au rant

Merit Award: $50
Jenny Lee
Wellesley, Massachusetts

Return

Merit Award: $50
Duane W Udd
Anacortes, Washington

Rhapsody in Black and Blue

Merit Award: $50
Martha Eitzen
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

I Walked in the Garden of God

Merit Award: $50
Lawrence Jones III
Hideaway, Texas

Soften Your Way

Merit Award: $50
Carol MacKay
Bawlf, Alberta

Commodities

Merit Award: $50
Maura K Robinson
Loveland, Colorado

Pilate

Merit Award: $50
Gail Gernat
Matheson, Ontario

The Shape of Things

Merit Award: $50
Lesley Ayers
Manawatu, New Zealand

Café Emmaus

Merit Award: $50
Anita Runions
Grande Prairie, Alberta

The Cloak

Free Merchandise

These entrants were chosen randomly to receive a free Christian music CD produced by Grandview Records.

Melissa Goertzen
       Calgary, Alberta
Gezell Fleming
       Matthews, North Carolina
Bobbi Dykema Katsanis
       Berkeley, California
Byron Hoot
       Wexford, Pennsylvania
Amanda West
       Richmond, New Hampshire
Jennifer C. Hoff
       Edmonton, Alberta

2006 Novice Christian Poetry Contest
(US$2,000 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $500
Sharon Talbott
California
Triptych

Second Prize: $300
Steve Isham
Australia
Cain's Altar

Third Prize: $100
Nalani Garward
Australia
The Song of the Dove

Honorable Mention $50
Ellen Gray
California
The Disciples Return to Find Christ in Conversation with a Samaritan Woman

Honorable Mention $50
Rheanna Macias
Pennsylvania
Taking Five (parts 2, 3 and 4)

Honorable Mention $50
Ruth H. Pallek
Ontario
Family Matters

Honorable Mention $50
Mary M. Ramsay
Indiana
The Blessing

Honorable Mention: $50
+ Best Rhyming Poem: $250

Austin Liu
California
Arrowseed

Honorable Mention $50
Alicia Constant
New Mexico
Living Salvation

Honorable Mention $50
Erick S. Brown
Oregon
New Faith

Honorable Mention $50
Lorraine Cannistra
Kansas
Simply the Frame

Honorable Mention $50
Larry Simeral
Louisiana
Endless Chorus

Honorable Mention $50
Karri Howard
New Mexico
Up Close

Honorable Mention $50
Carlton Lamont Shuford
Georgia
Ruach: The Wind

Honorable Mention $50
Rebecca L. Hunsberger
Colorado
Lot's Wife

2006 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest ($3,700 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1100
Jennifer Zolper
Modesto, California

A Letter to the Girl I Was

Second Prize: $750
Mary Rudbeck Stanko
London, Ontario

Judas Tree

Third Prize: $150
Lochnanina Tobey
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

To Mary Magdalen with Thanks

Honorable Mention: $50
Rochelle Chapman
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stained Glass

Honorable Mention: $50
Diane Tucker
Burnaby, British Columbia

Yet the World Knew Him Not

Honorable Mention: $50
Susan Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Nothing More

Honorable Mention: $50
Ned Condini
Etowah, South Carolina

Saint Vincent Ferrer, New York

Honorable Mention: $50
Jan Wood
Big River, Saskatchewan

…and Jesus was baptized

Honorable Mention: $50
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

Solstice Solace

Honorable Mention: $50
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

A Garden Story

Honorable Mention: $50
Bobbi Dykema Katsanis
Berkeley, California

January 17, 1991

Honorable Mention: $50
F.G. Capitanio
East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Divine Voyeur

Honorable Mention: $50
Gail J. Dickie
Toronto, Ontario

Thank You R. Carlos Nakai

Merit Award: $50
Jim Cox
Colton, California

Mute

Merit Award: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Surrey. British Columbia

Wisdom of the Scarecrow

Merit Award: $30
Cheryl Lang
Raleigh, North Carolina

Really

Merit Award: $30
Geoff Pope
Renton, Washington

Mostly White People Church

Merit Award: $30
Darlene Moore Berg
Farmington, Missouri

Walk as He Did

Merit Award: $30
James Beard
Follett, Texas

So Sweet this Pain of Silent Stigmata

Merit Award: $30
Diane Dachyshyn
Edmonton, Alberta

Enough Already

Merit Award: $30
Sharon Talbot
San Francisco, California

Advent 2000

Merit Award: $30
Margaret Fletcher
Sarnia, Ontario

Easter Parade

Merit Award: $30
H. Maxwell Butcher
Prince George, British Columbia

On Reading Stephen Hawking

Merit Award: $30
Curt Mortimer
Chicago, Illinois

The River of God

Merit Award: $30
Angela Erickson
Modesto, California

One of Those Children

Merit Award: $30
Borden Baxter
Cochrane, Alberta

Mt. Desolate

Merit Award: $30
Annette Dekker
Kitchener, Ontario

essence of mary

Merit Award: $30
Linda Neff
Guelph, Ontario

Summer Sonnet

Merit Award: $30
Jennifer McCauley
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

Castigation and Consequence

Merit Award: $30
Cathi-Lyn Dyck
Kenton, Manitoba

Will He Find Faith in the Earth?


2005 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest ($2,820 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $1100
Susanna Childress
Tallahassee, Florida

We Take the Sky

Second Prize: $350
Rochelle Chapman
Vancouver, British Columbia

The Sacré-Cœur

Honorable Mention: $150
Vicki Goodfellow Duke
Calgary, Alberta

To Mary Magdalen with Thanks

Honorable Mention: $50
Mary Lou Cornish
Fergus, Ontario

Fierce Mercy

Honorable Mention: $50
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

A Country of No Brides

Honorable Mention: $150
Ned Condini
Etowah, North Carolina

Bivouac

Honorable Mention: $50
Leanne Panjer
Canmore, Alberta

Measuring Beethoven

Honorable Mention: $50
Elaine Gingrich
Parry Sound, Ontario

Life Thirst: L'Chaim

Honorable Mention: $150
Lochlanina Tobey
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Pilgrim of Wisdom

Honorable Mention: $50
Susan Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Two Years After

Honorable Mention: $50
Violet Nesdoly
Surrey, British Columbia

Transformation

Honorable Mention: $50
Bonnie Flaman
Regina, Saskatchewan

when considering tombs

Honorable Mention: $50
Linda Siebenga
Blackfalds, Alberta

The Comfort

Merit Award: $125
Brenda Tate
South Ohio, Nova Scotia

White-Throated Sparrow

Merit Award: $125
Ricky Alcantar
El Paso, Texas

America

Merit Award: $25
Mary Rudbeck Stanko
London, Ontario

The One and Only Word

Merit Award: $25
Judith Frost
Verdun, Quebec

The Plowing

Merit Award: $25
J. L. Bond
Steinbech, Manitoba

blue and white

Merit Award: $25
Andrew Kooman
Red Deer, Alberta

Three Snapshots of the Trinity Upon Christ's Death on the Cross

Merit Award: $25
Angela Erickson
Modesto, California

David's Lament

Merit Award: $25
Adam Tavel
Toledo, Ohio

Gethsemane

Merit Award: $25
Cathi-Lyn Dyck
Kenton, Manitoba

The Right to Remain Silent

Merit Award: $25
Craig Kenworthy
Bozeman, Montana

Warm Things Come in Threes

Merit Award: $25
Dawn Watkins
Taylors, South Carolina

Poetic Justice

Merit Award: $25
Sheri Henderson
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Up at Dawn


2004 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest ($1,825 in prizes paid)

First Prize: $600
Jan Wood
Big River, Saskatchewan

In a Civilized Society an Adulteress Isn't Stoned

Second Prize: $150
James Beard
Follett, Texas

Dead Word Walking

Third Prize: $150
Andrew Kooman
Red Deer, Alberta

God

Honorable Mention: $150
Jendi Reiter
Northampton, Massachusetts

Lipstick Sestina

Honorable Mention: $50
Pam Gilman
Mount Wilson, California

The Evils of Junk

Honorable Mention: $100
Rochelle Chapman
Vancouver, British Columbia

Her Assembly

Honorable Mention: $50
Linda Seibenga
Blackfalds, Alberta

Petulant

Honorable Mention: $50
John A. Vanek MD
Red Deer, Alberta

Monsters and Ghosts

Honorable Mention: $50
Marguerite Norlander
Cochrane, Alberta

japanese gardener

Honorable Mention: $15
Lenane Panjeer
Canmore, Alberta

Metamorphosis

Honorable Mention: $15
Susan Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Tempest

Honorable Mention: $15
Ellen Gray
Pleasanton, California

John the Baptist

Honorable Mention: $15
Mary Lou Cornish
London, Ontario

I Chased My Healing

Honorable Mention: $15
Gordon C. McRae
Edmonton, Alberta

The Stone

Honorable Mention: $15
Marcia Lee Laycock
Ponoka, Alberta

Jacob

Honorable Mention: $15
Violet Nesdoly
Surrey, British Columbia

Baptism

Honorable Mention: $15
Frank Eannarino
Berwyn, Illinois

Missed the Boat

Honorable Mention: $15
Jennifer Zolper
Modesto, California

Dry Faith

Honorable Mention: $15
Delia Corrigan
Columbia, South Carolina

Let's Talk About

Founder's Prize: $100
Bonnie Flaman
Regina, Saskatchewan

all day long i've been holding this picture


2003 Contest Winners ($815 in prizes paid)
Contest was then called "Odes of March"

First Prize: $350
Lynn Tait
Sarnia, Ontario

Though Unworthy

Second Prize: $150
Jendi Reiter
New York, New York

Cliché

Honorable Mention: $50
Debbie Sawczak
Georgetown, Ontario

Shoemaker's Elf at the Wheel

Honorable Mention: $25
Jan Wood
Big River, Saskatchewan

From Milk to Meat With Trepidation

Honorable Mention: $25
Charles Van Gorkom
Smithers, British Columbia

This Evening

Honorable Mention: $25
Jody Veenker
Bishop, California

What We Want With Every Age

Honorable Mention: $25
Peggy Eastman
Chevy Chase, Maryland

Three Gifts

Honorable Mention: $25
Andrew Kooman
Red Deer, Alberta

Say It To The Dying

Honorable Mention: $25
Susan Carpenter Sims
Las Vegas, New Mexico

The Sexton

Honorable Mention: $25
Vicki Goodfellow Duke
Calgary, Alberta

For Leona

Honorable Mention: $25
Mary Lou Cornish
London, Ontario

If This World Hung From Some Other God's Arm

Honorable Mention: $25Geoffrey Henderson
Brockville, Ontario

Seth at Three Months

Honorable Mention: $20
Linda Hamel
Guelph, Ontario

The Discipline of Silence

Honorable Mention: $20
E. J. Clarkson
Victoria, British Columbia

Reflections

2002 Contest Winners ($475 in prizes paid)
Contest was then called "Odes of March"

First Prize: $250
Fenna Schaapman
Calgary, Alberta

Rachel's Stone

Second Prize: $100
Vivian Hansen
Calgary, Alberta

Honey From the Rocks

Honorable Mention: $25
Carol MacKay
Bawlf, Alberta

A Wide Place for My Steps

Honorable Mention: $25
Jana Griffin
Cody, Wyoming

The Daisy

Honorable Mention: $25
Marianne Jones
Thunder Bay, Ontario

i decide not to sign up for an evening watercolour class

Honorable Mention: $25
Bonnie Ross
Spruce Grove , Alberta

Winter

Honorable Mention: $25
Linda Knight
South Woodslee, Ontario

The Breath of Life


2001 Contest Winners ($375 in prizes paid)
Contest was then called "Odes of March"

First Prize: $200
Ev Heffernan
Calgary, Alberta

The Hostage

Second Prize: $100
Marcia Laycock
Ponoka, Alberta

Simile at Starbucks

Honorable Mention: $15
Sue Plett
Calgary, Alberta

Apology to Lazarus

Honorable Mention: $15
Linda Siebenga
Calgary, Alberta

Kindling Found Randomly in Strange Places

Honorable Mention: $15
H. Maxwell Butcher
Calgary, Alberta

Throw it Away

Honorable Mention: $15
Brenda Parsons
Calgary, Alberta

My Journey Home

Honorable Mention: $15
Elizabeth Jane Clarkson
Calgary, Alberta

Dancing Girls