Saturday, August 29, 2015

Announcing the Mary Ballard Poetry Prize Semi Finalists

We are excited to narrow our field of contenders for the contest to these semi-finalists.

Semi-finalists, keep your simultaneous submissions active, but let us know immediately if you need to withdraw. Three finalists will be selected in September, and we need to be certain these three poets are available to accept their publishing contract upon winning.

Congratulations, poets.

Ajamu Abdullah ~ ProtoStar
Alan D. Harris ~ Fall Ball and other late inning storylines
alex stolis ~ Postcards from the Knife Thrower
Alice Stinetorf ~ Within Our Vagrant Flesh
Alina Stefanescu ~ i watch dishes
B Deep ~ In The Belly Of A Star
Becca Lamarre ~ You Are The Pestle
Bud R. Berkich ~ Halley Street Revisited
Cari Oleskewicz ~ You'll Find Me on the Highway
Carol Dorf ~ The Theory Headed Dragon
Carolyn Martin ~ Say the Words
Cherise Wyneken ~ White Cranes
Clara Freeman ~ A Southern Woman's Confessional - Poems from the soul
Courtney Claire Taylor ~ The Moon for Our Garden
David Butler ~ The Dogfish
David Allen Sullivan ~ Take Wing
Diana Woodcock ~ Into Vastness and Freedom
Dot Dannenberg ~ The Wild Eye
Elise Hempel ~ Older Man
Fernando Valdivia ~ Seam Allowances
Janne Karlsson ~ Cooking for the Void
Judith Waller Carroll ~ Ordinary Beauty
Kirby Wright ~ At the Artist Colony
Laura Lee Perkins ~ Soul Music
Lukata Martin ~ Imperfect Expressions of Perfect Concerns
Magdalena Ball ~ Most of Everything is Nothing
Margaret Rozga ~ Measure of Peace
Marilyn Zelke-Windau ~ Woof Worthy
Martin Willitts Jr ~ Snowy Day
Mary Buchinger ~ Vagrancies
Mary Kipps ~ The Art of Kissing Softly
Michelle Chen ~ A Thousand Natural Shocks
Nathanael Cook ~ From the Happy Stones of the Living
Nick Hilbourn ~ Pacha
Nolo Segundo ~ The Enormity of Existence
Patti Sullivan ~ Top Forty
Paul David Adkins ~ Baghdad Menagerie
Rhiannon Thorne ~ Stillbirth
Rob Stephens ~ The Art of Fugue
Sandra Campbell ~ Breaking Through
Sarah Richards ~ Complexities, of Mind and Body
Shari Caplan ~ Advice from a Siren
Shauna Osborn ~ Indra's Net
Sylvia Telfer ~ Pandora's Boxes - Fragile
Tinasha LaRayƩ ~ skin, of the chocolate complexion


  1. Thank you for the integrity and sense of purpose with which you run the Ballard Poetry Prize: open reading period fee-free, notifications on time, in honor of someone other than the usual literary limelighters.

  2. Excited to have made the semifinalist list! Congratulations to everyone!