String Poet is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 String Poet Prize, as chosen by Final Judge Micheal O’Siadhail. We thank all those who entered!

First Prize:

At Vespertide” – Joan Vullo Obergh

Second Place:

The Chance at Union” – Melissa Cannon

Look for these poems, along with other String Poet Prize finalists and fine poets in a forthcoming issue of String Poet. Don’t forget to Subscribe to the String Poet Newsletter and Like us on Facebook to get updates about upcoming journals and events!

Submission Guidelines

All forms accepted, 50 lines max per poem. No previously published poems, or poems that have won other prizes. Winner receives $1000, publication in String Poet, and composition of original music by professional composer inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at the Awards Ceremony TBA. Winner and Runners-up published in forthcoming 2018 issue of String Poet, and invited to read at the Awards Ceremony. All contest submissions are considered for publication in journal. There is no theme for submissions — String Poet does not solicit poems solely on the subject of music. Reading the journal archives is a great way to become familiar with the type of work that String Poet publishes.

Entry Fee: $18.00 — include up to 5 poems, up to 50 lines per poem

Final Judge: Micheal O’Siadhail

Composer: Jonathan Russ

Last Year’s Winner

Last year’s String Poet Prize was awarded to Elise Hempel for her poem, “The Tape,” which was set to music by composer Richard Brooks.

Online Submissions

Submissions should be made, along with the entry fee, by 11:59 PM PDT on February 1, 2018.

Payment: Please do not use the “Donate” button to send payment for a contest entry. Instead, use the Add To Cart button on this page to send payment by credit card or PayPal. If your PayPal email address does not match the email used to send your poems, please make note of that in your contest submission email.

Submissions: After completing payment, send a single e-mail with your poem(s) to contest@stringpoet.com. Be sure to include submissions in-line within the email body. If you wish to also include an attachment, the following formats are acceptable: PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf), Word (.doc), or plain text (.txt). Do not attach .docx files. Include your name and contact information in the body of the email, or as a separate cover page within the attachment — do not put identifying information on the same page as a poetry submission.

Postal Submissions

Send your poem(s) and payment, postmarked on or before February 1st, 2018 to:
String Poet Prize c/o Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Checks payable to “String Poet” drawn from a U.S. Bank. Author’s name and contact information typed on the BACK of each submitted page — do not put identifying information on the front page of a poetry submission. Include a SASE or your email address if you would like to be notified of contest results, or subscribe to String Poet. Hardcopy entries cannot be returned, and will be recycled.

String Poet is pleased to announce the results of the 2016 String Poet Prize, as chosen by Final Judge X.J. Kennedy. We thank all those who entered, and offer our congratulations to the winner and runners-up!

First Prize:

The Tape” – Elise Hempel

Second Place:

The Yoke” – Melissa Cannon

Third Place:

Longing” – Tami Haaland

Honorable Mention:

The Alcove” – Elise Hempel

Look for these poems, along with other String Poet Prize finalists and fine poets in a forthcoming issue of String Poet. Don’t forget to Subscribe to the String Poet Newsletter and Like us on Facebook to get updates about the coming Award Ceremony in Spring 2017. We hope to see you there!

Submission Guidelines

All forms accepted, 40 lines max per poem. No previously published poems, or poems that have won other prizes.  Winner receives $1000, publication in String Poet, and composition of original music by professional composer inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at the Awards Ceremony in Spring 2017. Winner and Runners-up published in forthcoming 2017 issue of String Poet, and invited to read at the Awards Ceremony. All contest submissions are considered for publication in journal. There is no theme for submissions — String Poet does not solicit poems solely on the subject of music. Reading the journal archives is a great way to become familiar with the type of work that String Poet publishes.

Entry Fee: $15.00 — include up to 5 poems, up to 40 lines per poem

Submissions Now Closed

Final Judge: X.J. Kennedy

Composer: Richard Brooks

Last Year’s Winner

Last year’s String Poet Prize was awarded to John Beaton for his poem, “Midwinter Music,” which was set to music by composer Joelle Wallach. Look for the poem and composition to be unveiled at the Award Ceremony in September.

Online Submissions

Submissions should be made, along with the entry fee, by 11:59 PM PDT on July 29, 2016.
Payment: Please do not use the “Donate” button to send payment for a contest entry. Instead, use the shopping cart on this page to send payment by credit card or PayPal. If your PayPal email address does not match the email used to send your poems, please make note of that in your contest submission email.
Submissions: After completing payment, send a single e-mail with your poem(s) to contest@stringpoet.com. Be sure to include submissions in-line within the email body. If you wish to also include an attachment, the following formats are acceptable: PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf), Word (.doc), or plain text (.txt). Do not attach .docx files. Include your name and contact information in the body of the email, or as a separate cover page within the attachment — do not put identifying information on the same page as a poetry submission.

Postal Submissions

Send your poem(s) and payment, postmarked on or before July 29th, 2016 to:
String Poet Prize c/o Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Checks payable to “String Poet” drawn from a U.S. Bank.   Author’s name and contact information typed on the BACK of each submitted page — do not put identifying information on the front page of a poetry submission. Include a SASE or your email address if you would like to be notified of contest results, or subscribe to String Poet. Hardcopy entries cannot be returned, and will be recycled.

String Poet is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 String Poet Prize, as chosen by Final Judge Bruce Guernsey. We thank all those who entered, and offer our congratulations to the winner and runners-up!

First Prize:

Midwinter Music” – John Beaton

Second Place:

The Wall That Christ Leaned Against On His Way to the Cross” – Katharyn Howd Machan

Third Place:

Some Say” – Susan Kelly-DeWitt

Honorable Mention:

The Visit” – Ingrid Wendt

Look for these poems, along with other String Poet Prize finalists and fine poets in a forthcoming issue of String Poet. Don’t forget to Subscribe to the String Poet Newsletter and Like us on Facebook to get updates about the coming Award Ceremony in September 2016. We hope to see you there!

Submission Guidelines

All forms accepted, 40 lines max per poem. No previously published poems, or poems that have won previous prizes.  Winner receives $1000, publication in String Poet, and composition of original music by professional composer inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at the Awards Ceremony in Spring 2016. Winner and Runners-up published in Winter 2015 issue of String Poet and invited to read at the Awards Ceremony. All contest submissions are considered for publication in journal. String Poet does not solicit poems solely on the subject of music.  There is no theme for submissions.  Reading the journal archives is a great way to become familiar with the type of work that String Poet publishes.

Entry Fee: $15.00 — include up to 5 poems, up to 40 lines per poem
Submissions deadline: June 29, 2015

Submissions are now closed

bruce_guernseyFinal Judge: Bruce Guernsey is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Eastern Illinois University where he taught creative writing and American Literature for twenty-five years. He has also taught at William and Mary, Johns Hopkins, the University of New Hampshire, and Virginia Wesleyan College where he was the poet in residence for four years. A graduate with honors from Colgate University, he holds M.A.’s from the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins and a PhD from New Hampshire, writing his dissertation on tools as metaphor in Robert Frost’s poetry.

Bruce’s poems have appeared in well-known publications such as Poetry, The Atlantic, American Scholar, and many of the quarterlies. His work has also appeared in more diverse places like Cat Fancy, The Journal of Medical Opinion, and Yankee. His books of poetry include Lost Wealth (Basilisk Press, 1974), January Thaw (U. of Pittsburgh Press, 1982), The Lost Brigade (Water Press and Media, 2004), and New England Primer (Cherry Grove Collections, 2008). His selected poems collection, From Rain: Poems, 1970-2010, was published by Ecco Qua Press in 2012. He is also the author of seven chapbooks.

His honors include fellowships in poetry from the NEA, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He is a “Featured Poet” on the Illinois Poet Laureate Web Site, and former US Poet Laureate, Ted Kooser, has selected five of his poems for the international column, “American Life in Poetry.” His residency awards include the NEA Fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in 2011, as well as past residencies at Ragdale, the Hawthornden Castle in Scotland, and Norton Island off the coast of Maine. The recipient of Fulbright Senior Lectureships in American poetry to Portugal and Greece, he has also twice sailed around the world as a faculty member with Semester at Sea.

In 2006, Bruce was invited to edit The Spoon River Poetry Review through the winter/spring issue of 2010. The magazine received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for both 2008 and 2009. He is the founding editor and former letterpress printer of Penyeach Press which recently published Mapping the Line: Poets on Teaching (2013), a collection of classroom tested essays on poetry writing by some of the country’s best poet/teachers.

Bruce’s own prose has also found publication in a variety of magazines, including War, Literature, and the Arts, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Fly Rod & Reel, and Dappled Things. His essay, “The Raven’s Gift”, won the creative nonfiction award from the literary magazine Flyway. His memoir The Sunburned Daughter has been serialized throughout 2014 by the on-line journal, The Wild River Review.

For his teaching, Dr. G. was awarded seven faculty excellence awards while at EIU, and in 1992 was awarded the State of Illinois Board of Governors’ Distinguished Professor Award, the highest honor offered in that state system. He was also twice nominated for the Carnegie Institute United States Professor of the Year.

He and his wife, the artist and jeweler Victoria Woollen-Danner, divide their time between Charleston, Illinois, and their home in Bethel, Maine. Together, they have five children and four granddaughters, plus a variety of dogs and cats (the latter all with Boston Red Sox’ names).

Composer Joelle WallachComposer: Joelle Wallach writes music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo voices and choruses. Her String Quartet 1995 was the American Composers Alliance nominee for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The New York Philharmonic Ensembles premiered her octet, From the Forest of Chimneys, written to celebrate their 10th anniversary; and the New York Choral Society commissioned her secular oratorio, Toward a Time of Renewal, for 200 voices and orchestra to commemorate their 35th Anniversary Season in Carnegie Hall. Wallach’s ballet, Glancing Below,a 1999 Juilliard Dance Theater showcase production originally commissioned by the Carlisle Project, was premiered in Philadelphia during the summer of1994, entered the repertory of the Hartford Ballet in February 1995, and received its New York City premiere that June. As early as 1980 her choral work, On the Beach at Night Alone, won first prize in the Inter-American Music Awards. Wallach grew up in Morocco, but makes her home in New York City, where she was born. Her early training in piano, voice, theory, bassoon and violin included study at the Juilliard Preparatory Division, and she earned bachelors and masters degrees at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University respectively. In 1984 the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with John Corigliano, granted her its first doctorate in composition. A pre-concert lecturer for the New York Philharmonic for several subscription series, Ms Wallach speaks on a broad range of musical subjects, bringing fresh insights to familiar works and opening doors to modern ones and to those less frequently heard

Last Year’s Winner

Woman Holding a Fox, by David Yezzi

Last year’s String Poet Prize was awarded to Richard Meyer for his poem, “The Autumn Way,” which was set to music by composer Judith Shatin, and performed by cellist Suzanne Mueller.

Online Submissions

Submissions should be made, along with the entry fee, by 11:59 PM PDT on June 29, 2015.
Payment: Please do not use the “Donate” button to send payment for a contest entry. Instead, use the shopping cart on this page to send payment by credit card or PayPal. If your PayPal email address does not match the email used to send your poems, please make note of that in your contest submission email.
Submissions: After completing payment, send a single e-mail with your poem(s) to contest@stringpoet.com. Be sure to include submissions in-line within the email body. If you wish to also include an attachment, the following formats are acceptable: PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf), Word (.doc), or plain text (.txt). Do not attach .docx files. Include your name and contact information in the body of the email, or as a separate cover page within the attachment — do not put identifying information on the same page as a poetry submission.

Postal Submissions

Send your poem(s) and payment, postmarked on or before June 29th, 2015 to:
String Poet Prize c/o Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Checks payable to “String Poet” drawn from a U.S. Bank.   Author’s name and contact information typed on the BACK of each submitted page — do not put identifying information on the front page of a poetry submission. Include a SASE or your email address if you would like to be notified of contest results, or subscribe to String Poet. Hardcopy entries cannot be returned, and will be recycled.

String Poet is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 String Poet Prize, as chosen by Final Judge David Yezzi. We thank all those who entered, and offer our congratulations to the winner and runners-up!

First Prize:

The Autumn Way” – Richard Meyer

Second Place:

Anniversaries” – Ellin Sarot

Third Place:

Beyond Vienna” – Renée M. Schell

Honorable Mentions:

  • Black Ice” – Janet P. Kirchheimer
  • Nowhere” – Mary Makofske

Look for these poems, along with other String Poet Prize finalists and fine poets in a forthcoming issue of String Poet. Don’t forget to Subscribe to the String Poet Newsletter and Like us on Facebook to get updates about the coming Award Ceremony in September 2014. We hope to see you there!

Submission Guidelines

All forms accepted, 40 lines max per poem. No previously published poems, or poems that have won previous prizes.  Winner receives $1000, publication in String Poet, and composition of original music by professional composer inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at the Awards Ceremony in September 2014. Winner and Runners-up published in Winter 2014 issue of String Poet and invited to read at the Awards Ceremony. All contest submissions are considered for publication in journal. There is no theme for submission. String Poet does not solicit poems solely on the subject of music. Reading the journal archives is a great way to become familiar with the type of work that String Poet publishes.

Entry Fee: $15.00 — up to 5 poems, up to 40 lines per poem
Submissions deadline: May 20, 2014
Submissions can be made on-line, or by post.

David YezziFinal Judge: David Yezzi’s books of poetry are The Hidden Model (TriQuarterly Books, 2003) and Azores (Swallow Press, 2008), a Slate magazine best book of the year; and Birds of the Air (2013), a Publishers Weekly pick. He is the editor of The Swallow Anthology of New American Poets, foreword by J. D. McClatchy. His libretto for a chamber opera by David Conte, Firebird Motel, received its premiere in San Francisco in 2003 and was released on CD from Arsis in 2007. His libretto of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon for composer Cyril Deaconoff received a workshop production at West Bay Opera in California in 2010. And his verse dramas On the Rocks and Dirty Dan & Other Travesties have been produced by Verse Theater Manhattan. As an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company, Mr. Yezzi has performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Brecht, Goethe, Williams, and others, in the United States and Europe.
A Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University from 1998 to 2000, his poems and reviews have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New Republic, The Best American Poetry,The Yale Review, Poetry and elsewhere. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York, he is executive editor of The New Criterion.

2014 String Poet Prize Composer Judith ShatinComposer: Judith Shatin is a composer and sound artist whose musical practice engages our social, cultural, and physical environments. She draws on expanded instrumental palettes and a cornucopia of the sounding world, from machines in a deep coal mine, to the calls of animals, the shuttle of a wooden loom, a lawnmower racing up a lawn. Timbral exploration and dynamic narrative design are fundamental to her compositional design, while collaboration with musicians, artists and communities are central to her musical life. Shatin’s music has been commissioned by organizations such as the Barlow and Fromm Foundations, the McKim Fund of the Library of Congress, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Arts Partners Program, as well as ensembles including Ash Lawn Opera, Da Capo Chamber Players, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, newEar,the National and Richmond Symphonies, and many more. Twice a fellow at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, she has held residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, the VCCA, La Cité des Arts (France), Mishkan HaAmanim (Israel), among others. Her Rotunda, a film collaboration with Robert Arnold, won the Macon Film Festival Best Experimental Film Award (2011), while her music for the film Cinnamon, by Kevin J. Everson, has been heard at festivals ranging from Sundance to Munich and Rotterdam. In demand as a master teacher, Shatin has served as BMI composer-in-residence at Vanderbilt University, as master composer at California Summer Music, and as senior composer at the Wellesley Composers Forum. She is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Her work is featured in the recent book Women of Influence in Contemporary Music, Nine American Composers (Scarecrow Press). A staunch advocate for her fellow composers, she has served as President of American Women Composers and on the boards of the League/ISCM, American Composers Alliance, and International Alliance for Women in Music. She currently sits on the National Council of the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Last Year’s Winner

Last year’s String Poet Prize was awarded to Jean L. Kreiling for her poem, “Doubt Springs,” which was set to music by composer Eleanor Cory, and performed by Lynn Bechtold and Kirsten Jermé.

Online Submissions

Submissions should be made, along with the entry fee, by 11:59 PM PST on May 20, 2014.
Payment: Please do not use the “Donate” button to send payment for a contest entry. Instead, use the shopping cart on this page to send payment by credit card or PayPal. If your PayPal email address does not match the email used to send your poems, please make note of that in your contest submission email.
Submissions: After completing payment, send a single e-mail with your poem(s) to contest@stringpoet.com. Be sure to include submissions in-line within the email body. If you wish to also include an attachment, the following formats are acceptable: PDF (.pdf), Rich Text (.rtf), Word (.doc), or plain text (.txt). Do not attach .docx files. Include your name and contact information in the body of the email, or as a separate cover page within the attachment — do not put identifying information on the same page as a poetry submission.

Postal Submissions

Send your poem(s) and payment, postmarked on or before May 20th, 2014 to:
String Poet Prize c/o Long Island Violin Shop
8 Elm Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Checks payable to “String Poet” drawn from a U.S. Bank.   Author’s name and contact information typed on the BACK of each submitted page — do not put identifying information on the front page of a poetry submission. Include a SASE or your email address if you would like to be notified of contest results, or subscribe to String Poet. Hardcopy entries cannot be returned, and will be recycled.

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Playlist: 2013 String Poet Prize

Thanks to those who joined us for this very special event!

Jean L. Kreiling, George Held, Annabelle Moseley, and Eleanor Cory
Jean L. Kreiling, George Held, Annabelle Moseley, and Eleanor Cory

Hosted by Annabelle Moseley, our award ceremony will feature a reading by Final Judge George Held, and selected readings from the runners-up and finalist poems. As the journal goes live on-line, Jean L. Kreiling will read her winning poem, “Doubt Springs,” followed by the debut performance of Eleanor Cory’s composition, inspired by the winning poem. The piece will be performed by Lynn Bechtold and Kirsten Jermé.

George HeldFinal Judge: George Held is a widely published fiction writer, satirist, translator, book reviewer, and a poet who has received seven Pushcart Prize nominations. He was a three-year Fulbright lecturer in Czechoslovakia and has served on the board of The South Fork Natural History Society since 1991. His fifteenth book is After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets (Červená Barva Press, 2011). His most recently published book is Neighbors: The Yard Critters Too (Filsinger & Company, 2013), the second volume of animal poems for children, illustrated by Joung Un Kim.

2013 String Poet Composer Eleanor CoryComposer: Eleanor Cory‘s work has been recognized by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Fromm Foundation of Harvard University, Aaron Copland Fund, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Morse Grant of Yale University, MacDowell Colony, and PSC-CUNY Research Foundation. She has received an American Composers Alliance Recording Award, the Miriam Gideon Award from the International Association of Women in Music, as well as prizes from the Hollybush, Kucyna, and Music of Changes International Competitions, and the Davenport, and New Jersey Guild of Composers Competitions. She has composed musical setting of poems by James Merrill, Marvin Bell, Robert Creeley, Rachel Hadas, Mark Strand, Octavio Paz, W.S. Merwin, David Ignatow, Muriel Rukeyser, and Wallace Stevens. Her poems have been published in Iambs and Trochees and Poetry Porch: Sonnet Scroll. She currently teaches Composition at Mannes College of Music.

Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout North America and Europe, and has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. As a member of groups including Zentripetal, Bleecker StQ, Miolina, SEM, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, she has performed around the world, and been broadcast on various TV and radio, including the CBS Morning Show and 30 Rock. Other programs have been with Absolute Ensemble, Catalyst Dance, DJ Spooky, Eternal Tango Orchestra, EVOC, North/South Consonance, Parsons Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Co., VisionIntoArt, and Pablo Ziegler. She’s also played with entertainers such as Boyz II Men, Willie Colon, Sheryl Crow, Darcy James Argueʼs Secret Society Band, Dead Can Dance, Escort, Roberta Flack, Left Banke, Smokey Robinson, SMAP, and Donna Summer. An active performer, she has appeared at diverse venues, from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to LPR and Joeʼs Pub, and her electroacoustic compositions have been performed at venues such as the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Bohemian National Hall, and on the Composers Concordance and Music With A View Festivals. She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, and Mannes, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir. She is on the faculty at The Dwight School and Greenwich House Music School in NYC and is a coach for the Norwalk Youth Symphony in CT.

A native of Wisconsin, cellist Kirsten Jermé leads an active musical life as a performer and educator in New York City. Kirsten completed her M.M. in Cello Performance and Arts Leadership Certificate at the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Steven Doane. She received her B.A. from Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Colin Carr and the Emerson String Quartet. An avid chamber musician, recitalist, and orchestral cellist, Kirsten has performed at Carnegie, Weill and Zankel Halls, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, W.M.P. Concert Hall, the Joyce Dance Theatre and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, and the Banff Arts Centre in Canada, and has participated in festivals including Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and the Banff Masterclasses for Strings and Winds. Dedicated to education, community, and public service through the arts, Kirsten has worked as an administrator and teacher for a variety of arts non-profits. She was deeply involved in community outreach and public school programs as an employee of Turtle Bay Music School and as an intern at the Eastman Community Music School. At Stony Brook University, Kirsten helped launch an arts outreach program through the Staller Center for the Arts, and co-directed the annual Music for Peace Project. Kirsten is currently on faculty at Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan and the Larchmont Music Academy in Westchester, and has taught at P.S. 129 in Harlem for The Harmony Program, modeled on Venezuela’s El Sistema.

String Poet is pleased to announce the results of the 2013 String Poet Prize, as chosen by final judge George Held. We thank all those who entered, and offer our congratulations to the winner and runners-up!

First Prize:

Doubt Springs” – Jean L. Kreiling

Second Place:

Swans and the River” – Gladys Henderson

Third Place:

Robert Davidson, Trapeze Artist” – Carol Levin

Honorable Mention:

Her Father’s Ghost” – Katharyn Howd Machan

Look for these poems, along with other String Poet Prize finalists and fine poets in a forthcoming issue of String Poet. Don’t forget to Subscribe to the String Poet Newsletter and Like us on Facebook to get updates about the coming Award Ceremony in November 2013. We hope to see you there!