Saturday, September 15, 2012

The finalists for the 2013 Mary Kay Ballard Poetry Prize are here!

Judging a contest like this gets very difficult when you get to the finals. Every semi-finalist is so excellent. The staff could sit around and sing the praises of one verse after another, get a little angsty about pushing our favorites, and still, we have to narrow it down to three.

At the next stage, these three chapbooks will be sent to our poet-judge. While our goal is to have a winner in November, the schedule of our judge will determine when we announce. Finalists, we will be in touch with you every step of the way.

I hope all of you will continue to send your poems out into the world. Our contest will open again in late spring. We're thrilled to have read your work.

And here they are:

Jeannette Angell -- Seven Times to Leave

Gail Eisenhart-- A Dip in the Road

S.K. Rhee -- Don’t Forget Me

Congratulations to all of our entrants. What a year it's been!


  1. Thanks for the opportunity. I had high hopes for my manuscript and was pleased to make the semifinals with My Body, Broken for You. I still think it fits your mission statement perfectly (wink, wink), but wish your three finalists all the best! ACE BAKER

  2. Congratulations to all the finalists, and to everyone who participated! And thank you for offering this great opportunity!