Skip to main content

Winners of the 2010 WD Poetry Awards

Karin Bradberry’s "Javelina" took first place in WD's 5th Annual Poetry Awards competition, taking home $500 in prize money. The online contest, which pulled in nearly 3,350 entries, was open to poems of any style that were original, unpublished and 32 lines or fewer.
  • Author:
  • Publish date:

Out of about 3,350 limericks, acrostics and everything in between, Karin Bradberry’s “Javelina” took first place in the Writer’s Digest 5th Annual Poetry Awards competition, laying claim to $500 and a copy of Poet’s Market. Writer’s Market editor and in-house poetry guru Robert Lee Brewer selected the grand-prize entry from among the finalists.

“I loved ‘Javelina’ for a few reasons,” he says. “ ‘Javelina’ is a villanelle, but it’s a loose villanelle, which allows the poet to work within an established form but not be confined by the form. At the same time, this poem paints a picture of a family enjoying a day in nature in a way nature intended.”

The contest was open to poems of any style that were original, unpublished and 32 lines or fewer. The top 50 entries will be printed in a special collection, available for $11.95. Click here to order the collection. To find out how to enter the next competition, visit writersdigest.com/poetryawards.

Click here to read "Javelina."

THE TOP 10 WINNERS
1. "Javelina" BY KARIN BRADBERRY
2. "On Silver Street" BY LOUIS WILSON
3. "Inside the New Mall" BY KELLY FINEMAN
4. "Rosary Beads and Tarot Cards" BY MARCIA BROOKS
5. "Simonetta’s Pearls" BY IRIS LEE UNDERWOOD
6. "The Veil" BY IRIS LEE UNDERWOOD
7. "Sevenling: Deployed" BY SUELLEN WEDMORE
8. "Savannah" BY DAWN CULVERWELL
9. "Tethered" BY JULIE A. PIERCE
10. "Poppies" BY MELISSA GOODWIN

Learn the tips and tricks of writing poetry and getting it published:
The Everything Writing Poetry Book

Image placeholder title

Become a WD VIP and Save 10%:
Get a 1-year pass to WritersMarket.com, a 1-year subscription to Writer's Digest magazine and 10% off all WritersDigestShop.com orders! Click here to join.

Also check out these Writer's Digest's bestsellers:

Poet's Market
Poetry Dictionary
Writing Metrical Poetry
Creating Poetry
Writing The Life Poetic
Get Your Poetry Published - OnDemand Webinar
Writer's Digest 10 Years of Writer's Digest: 2000-2009
Writer's Digest Magazine One-Year Subscription

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a world-building poem.

Writer's Digest Presents podcast image

Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).

Heirloom

Heirloom

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.

From Script

Character Exploration and Development in Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers, showrunners and more who share a common thread of character exploration and development!

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Author Janet Key discusses the experience of letting the novel take shape through the editorial process for her debut novel, Twelfth.

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Award-winning author and journalist Benjamin Myers discusses the out-of-body experience of having the idea for his new novel, The Perfect Golden Circle.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: 7 WDU Courses, a Chat With Ran Walker, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 7 WDU courses, a chat about flash fiction with Ran Walker, and more!