PRIZE POEMS ANTHOLOGIES

PRIZE POEMS ANTHOLOGIES

Each year the NFSPS publishes an anthology containing the prize-winning poems of the fifty contests held in the spring (Deadline: March 15). This book is presented to each person who attends the national convention in the year of its publication, but the books are also available to other members of NFSPS and to the general public. There are also some copies of the books published in previous years available. To order prize poems anthologies, make a check payable to NFSPS and send it to Valerie Bailey, 2207 Parhaven Drive, San Antonio, TX 78232.   Add to the price of the book/s mailing costs of $3.65 for one book, $4.00 for two books, $4.40 for three books (see order form for additional pricing information.
To open the Order Form click HERE and print it out.(if you want to keep the order form on your computer click download, if you just want to print it click cancel)
Here are the books that are available:

 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2013
Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2013. The biggest prize winner in the book is "The Murderer's Mother Wonders" by Ginny Lowe Conners (W. Hartford, CT). This anthology is available for $15.00 plus postage.
 


ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2012
Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2012. The biggest prize winner in the book is "Nothing Personal, CD Wright" by Maurine Haltiner (Salt Lake City, UT). This anthology is available for $15.00 plus postage.
 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2011
Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2011. The biggest prize winner in the book is "Last Letter From Grandfather" by George Handy (Ashville, NC). This anthology is available for $15.00 plus postage.
 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2010
Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2010. The biggest prize winner in the book is "Galileo's Eye" by Janet McCann (College Station, TX). This anthology is available for $12.00 plus postage.
 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2009
Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2009. The biggest prize winner in the book is "The Story Melting" by Margo Lagattuta (Rochester, MI). This anthology is available for $12.00 plus postage.
 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2008
Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2008. The biggest prize winner in the book is "You Sing Your Brothers" by Helen Keith Beaman of (Provo, Utah). This anthology is available for $12.00 plus postage.
 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2007

Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2007. Biggest prizewinner in the book was
"Classics Scholar in a Hospital" by Daniel Fernandez (Brooklyn, NY).  This anthology is available for $10.00 plus postage.
 
ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2006

Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey.  San Antonio, TX:
NFSPS, 2006. Biggest prizewinner in the book was
"The Road Not Finished" by Glenna H. Holloway (Naperville, IL). This anthology is available for $10.00 plus postage.
ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2005

Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey. San Antonio, TX: NFSPS, 2005. Biggest prizewinner in the book was "The Meandering Love Poem" by Sue Ranglack (Murray, UT). This anthology is available for $8.00 plus postage.

 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2004

Edited by Valerie Martin Bailey. San Antonio, TX: NFSPS, 2004. Biggest prizewinner in the book was "Sunday in the House He Left" by Anne McCrady (Henderson, TX). This anthology is available for $8.00 plus postage.

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2003

Edited by Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas, TX: Great Impressions, 2003. Biggest prizewinner in the  book was "Reflection: For Li Po and Tu Fu" by Ruth F. Harrison (Waldport, OR). This anthology is available for $8.00 plus postage.

 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2002

Edited by Budd Powell Mahan. Dallas, TX: Great Impressions, 2002. Biggest prizewinner in the  book was "Trimming Poison Ivy" by Pat Underwood (Colfax, IA). This anthology is available for $6.00 plus postage
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ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2001

Edited by Budd Powell Mahan. Dallas, TX: Great Impressions, 2001. Biggest prizewinner in the  book was "Six Riffs on the Rain" by Jeanne Wagner (Kensington, CA). This anthology is available for $6.00 plus postage

 

ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 2000

Edited by Budd Powell Mahan. Dallas, TX: Great Impressions, 2000. Biggest prizewinner in the  book was "Sharky" by Carlee Swan (Lebanon, SD). This anthology is available for $4.00 plus postage
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ENCORE: PRIZE POEMS OF THE NFSPS 1999

Edited by Budd Powell Mahan. Dallas, TX: Great Impressions, 1999. Biggest prizewinner in the  book was "Superior in All Seasons" by Barbara Brent Brower (Okemos, MI). This anthology is available for $2.00 plus postage.
 
STEVENS MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION WINNERS 

Each year NFSPS sponsors a manuscript competition for collections of poetry.  The deadline is October 15.  For additional details see Manuscript Contest.  These prize-winning collections from the past may be ordered from

Polly Opsahl
270 Brewster Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48309-1507

for the prices listed.  Add to the price of the book/s mailing costs of $1.50 for one or two books and add $.50 for each 2 additional books.  Make checks payable to NFSPS.  Here are the books that are available:
 

Full Cry by, Lisa Ampleman
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2013).
$15 plus $1.50 postage if order from Polly Opsahl at the address above.  Questions may be directed to <Pollyannop@comcast.net>

Lisa Ampleman of Cincinnati, OH, a doctoral candidate at the University of Cincinnati, has recently been named the 20th winner of the Stevens contest, which offers a $1,000 prize and publication of her book, Full Cry. Her award will be presented at the annual convention of NFSPS in June.
Ampleman is the author of I've Been Collecting This to Tell You (Kent State 2012), winner of the 2010 Wick Poetry Award. She has poems in Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Cave Wall, Cimarron Review, Court Green, and Notre Dame Review among other publications. She has a BA from Beloit College, MFA from George Mason University, and will complete her PhD at the University of Cincinnati in spring, 2013.
The judge was Maggie Anderson, recently retired from Kent State University and for the past several years, director of the Wick awards.


      

Good Reason, by Jennifer Habel
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2012). $15 plus $1.50 postage if ordered from Polly Opsahl at the address above. Questions may be directed to <Pollyannop@comcast.net>.

 This will be Habel's first full-length book of poetry. Her earlier work has appeared in numerous journals, and her chapbook, In the Little House, was the winner of the 2008 Copperdome Prize. A graduate of the Writing Program at UNC Greensboro, she has taught at American University, Colorado College, Radford University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She now makes her home in Cincinnati, where she is serving as Coordinator of Fiction Writing at the University of Cincinnati.
Good Reason centers on the life of a young mother through a series of tightly wrought, emotionally restless lyrics. There is a compelling arc to the whole collection, but each lyric also stands on its own for its poignancy and freshness.


      

Lines from the Surgeon's Children, 1862-1865, by Rawdon Tomlinson
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2011).
$15 plus $1.50 postage if order from Polly Opsahl at the address above.  Questions may be directed to <Pollyannop@comcast.net>

 This new book, Tomlinson's third full-length collection, joins his distinguished work in Geronimo After Kas-ki-yeh (LSU Press 2007) and the prize-winning Deep Red, which won the Colorado Book Award for Poetry in 1995.  R. T. Smith, long-time editor of Shenandoah described this new volume as follows:  "Not since Andrew Hudgins's After the Lost War has a poet given us such a sustained, disturbing and dynamic portrait of men snarled in the horrors of the American Civil War.  Rawdon Tomlinson renders the pandemonium of war and its strident silences as they echo from Red River and Atlanta to Fallujah, and his soldier narrators resound with authenticity.  Like musket fire, these poems will leave your ears ringing."  The judge for the 2010 Stevens Competition, Lola Haskins, author of Desire Lines, Not Feathers Yet, and a dozen other volumes, observes that "Lines presents the experiences of the Civil War via the letters and journals of a Texas regiment . . . Tomlinson has observed his world in such convincing detail that when we close the book, we feel that . . . we must have been there."


      

Come In, We Open, by Sara Ries
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2010). $15 plus $1.50 postage if ordered from Polly Opsahl at the address above. Questions may be directed to <Pollyannop@comcast.net>.

This first book by an exciting young poet draws us into the world of a diner in a working-class neighborhood and tenderly evokes its regulars--blue-collar workers, doing long hours or laid off--and its owners, the poet's grill-scraping father and manically chattering mother, who, as we learn in the first poem, bought it in 1984 partly because it was red. "Once across the threshold," writes poet Ralph Burns, "we sit down to strong coffee and such panorama that we stay and stay." Burns, former longtime editor of the literary magazine Crazyhorse, selected Ries's manuscript as winner of the 2009 Stevens Competition. "This collection," he says in his foreword, "demands that we value differently what seems quotidian, remain curious, suspend disbelief a few moments longer." Jim Daniels, famed for his own working class poems gathered in many volumes, praises Sara Ries: "She writes with a complete lack of pretense, with a straightforward, authoritative voice that reveals the truth in the small daily details and exchanges of the diner."


      

Bear Country by Dana Soonnenschein
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2009). $15
plus $1.50 postage if ordered from Polly Opsahl at the address above.  Questions may be directed to Pollyannop@comcast.net

The poems in this book work together as a sequence, exploring the difficult relations of humans and wild nature through a focus on bears of all kinds. As  2008 Stevens competition judge Carolyne Wright notes in her foreword, they do so in a great variety of poetic forms, including "narrative free verse, slant-rhyming couplets, prose poems, a pantoum, and even a bear-shaped concrete poem." As Wright also notes, "This is poetry freed from a dependence upon autobiography," focused outward on its subject. That subject, Wright elucidates, "is Ursa, and the literal and figurative territory in which it dwells, a numinous and compelling force in human mythology, and a genus whose every species is endangered because of human encroachment and predation throughout its range." "One must bear up in Bear Country," writes Iowa Review editor David Hamilton, "bear with, bear down as in giving birth, and bear witness, first to our shameful rule over the wild but also to our longing for that wild."
 

 
Capturing the Dead by Daniel Nathan Terry
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2008). $15
plus $1.50 postage if ordered from Polly Opsahl at the address above.  Questions may be directed to Pollyannop@comcast.net

This book is a sequence of dramatic lyrics in the imagined voices of Civil War soldiers and photographers, primarily that of a fictional war photographer named Noah Williams. "Although its subject matter is familiar," comments Jeff Gundy, "the treatment is always fresh and sometimes dazzling. . . . Common soldiers and famous figures--from Matthew Brady to John Wilkes Booth to Lincoln himself--take on weight and solidity, captured in words that emulate the precision of film." Gundy places Capturing the Dead among "other great sets of war poems from the last two centuries," from Whitman's Drum-Taps to Andrew Hudgins' After the Lost War. Terry's poems, Gundy sums up, "offer both fidelity to history and relevance to our own predicament. They have much to teach us."
 

 
The Meager Life and Modest Times of Pop Thorndale by W. T. Pfefferle
(Rochester Hills, MI: NFSPS Press, 2007). $15
plus $1.50 postage if ordered from Polly Opsahl at the address above.  Questions may be directed to Pollyannop@comcast.net

Patricia Fargnoli describes this book as "a novel in poetry" and its title character, Pop Thorndale, as "our contemporary American Everyman--ironic, mid-life, overweight, suburban, trying, as he ages, to find some meaning in what he knows has been an unremarkable and unheroic life." The book is made up of poems written in his voice, as his "memoir." It is, says Fargnoli, "a book that finally suggests that every life, no matter how imperfectly lived, has value."
 

 
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY-LEVEL POETRY COMPETITION WINNERS 

The books which won the competition in 2011and 2012 may be ordered for $3.00 per book. The 2013 chapbook is $4.00 per book. Please add $1.00 for postage and $.25 for each additional book purchased The books which won the competition for earlier years are no longer available from NFSPS but may be available by the author or online.

Eleanor Berry, Chair, 
College/University Level Poetry Awards 
22614 N. Santiam Highway 
Lyons, OR 97358 
     
The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2013

HORSE PULL
by Zoe Perrin

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2013

RAGGED RED VOICE
by Ammon Medina

 

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2012

WHERE YOU SEE ANGELS ALL OVER
by Andrew Tennent

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2012

YOUR SON
by Meg Eden

 

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2011

MASTERING THE ART OF JOY
by Heather Holland Duncan
 
The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2011
 

FROM ONE TO ANOTHER
by Teniesha A. Kessler

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2008

FLOODPLAIN
by Heather Hadley

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2008

THE YEAR OF BLACK COFFEE
by Caitlin McLaughlin

 

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2007

ON THE HINGE
by Jory M. Mickelson

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2007

ON THE WAY TO FISH FOR SHINER
by Kory Fluckiger

 

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2006

BOTTLED WATER
by Josef Nguyen
 
The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2006
 

FIGHTING NATURE
by Hannah New

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2005

SEDIMENTS
by Mirra Evans

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2005

NIGHT IS A GOOD CHILD
by David Krump

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2004

RUNNING IN PLACE
by Sue Ranglack

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2004

SONGS FROM THE SPRINGHOUSE
by Rebecca Rossiter

 

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2003

LIFE SCIENCE
by Marianne Klekacz

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2003

INTERVALS IN LIFE
by Christina M. Flaugher

 

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2002

ETERNAL SOUL 
by Amenda J. Brown 

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2002

SALIDA LA MARIPOSA 
by Michelle J. Martinez
(Currently out of print)

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2001

SHE OF ME 
by Lesa Allison

 

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2001

CROSSING
by Garth Greenwell

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 2000

AND IT WILL BE EDEN 
by Joan Malerba-Foran

The Florence Kahn Memorial Award 2000

FROM THE PROVINCE OF GRATITUDE
by Ilya Kaminsky

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1999

WHITE CLIFFS
by Cynthia J. Webecke

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1999

SO BRIEF A FIELD
by Caroline J. Pittman

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1998

SELAH
by Joseph A. Fitzpatrick

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1998

MORNING BREAD
by Deborah Mallett Spanich

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1997

THE LITANY OF FAREWELLS
by Amy Motlagh

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1997

LEAPING FROM THE BOTTOM STEP
by Jodi Mancastraoppa

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1996

PEOPLE THESE ARE ROOTS
by Christopher Arigo

The Edna Meudt Memorial Award 1996

BEARING WITNESS
by Mary E. Bryant