Student Poets

Results of the 2012 Flo Gault Student Poetry Contest

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We are pleased to report that judging is complete! This year we had the largest number of submissions in the history of this contest, including one package filled with the poems of an entire classroom from Western Kentucky University. If you read on to the list of winners below, you can see that the attention this teacher gave our contest really paid off; WKU swept the competition! Dr. Tom C. Hunley is a teacher, author, and a real champion of contemporary poetry. Our hats are off to you, Dr. Hunley! Here’s hoping that more teachers will follow your lead in the years to come.

Winner of first prize will receive a check for $500 and fifty copies of a letterpress broadside from Hound Dog Press. Second and third prize winners will receive $200 and $100, respectively. In addition, several honorable mentions will each be awarded $50. All poems will appear on our Flo Gault Student Poetry Prize page. The winners will receive their awards at a celebration in their honor February 24, 2013. Details to follow.

The results:

First Prize: “Portrait of My Mother in Cigarette Ashes,” by Haley Edwards (Western Kentucky University)

Second Prize: “Check out that fish,” by Paul Shirley (Western Kentucky University)

Third Prize: “3052 HWY 39 Somerset, Kentucky,” by Jarred Johnson (Western Kentucky University)

“Crow,” by Kevin Bailey (University of Louisville)

Honorable Mentions:

“Ursa Rising,” by Rina Perlin (University of Louisville)
“Lethologica,” by Brittany Cheak (Western Kentucky University)
“Constructing the Eulogy,” by Meg Kennedy (Western Kentucky University)
“My Coop,” by Shyla Washington (Western Kentucky University)

Please look for compete guidelines next fall. Our thanks for your submissions!