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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!
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1. "The Loneliest Whale" by Deborah Hall

2. “Plum Harvester” by Alice Tranum

3. “Froggy Went a Courtin’” by Seth Pace

4. “With a sideways curl, my dog” by Kathryn Dunn

5. “My Grandfather’s Tyepwriter” by Pamela Cranston

6. “Come Home, Diana” by Carla Chervin

7. “Nobody Knows” by Tina Lear

8. “Breaking Them In” by Mary Eastham

9. “I Want Snow” by Lara Adams Gaydos

10. “It Hurts” by Atania Paul

11. “Hamburgers and Pinball” by Judy Winchester

12. “Rhyme and Reason” by Lauren deVore

13. “Walk Slower” by Anne Guertin

14. “Angry Black Woman” by Deloris Brownlow

15. “Humble Pie” by Victor Raines

16. “The Prince of Craft” by Benjamin Vance

17. “In Irons, We Weep” by Daude Teel

18. “Blamywhamy” by Cici Grove

19. “The Beer at the Swinging Door Saloon” by Randall McNair

20. “Easter Egg Hunt in a Church Graveyard” by Bruce Niedt

21. “The Karmic Lesson” by Anna Morrissey

22. “Robert Lee and Bea” by Yvonne Sharren-Connor

23. “Over the Summer” by Ann Weaver

24. “Wilms’” by Elizabeth Saulsbury

25. “For a Friend in Love With a Race Car Driver” by Glenn Taylor

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