Janice Farrell Poetry Prize Category
First Prize: $100
Second Prize: $50
Third Prize: $25
Three poems per entry. One poem per page. One page poems only. We welcome free verse, blank verse and prose poems. Each year a local poet is invited to guest judge. Past judges have included Katherine Harer, Rich Yurman, Patricia Gale, Christopher J. Renz, O.P., David Smith-Ferri, Toby Kaplan, Joyce Jenkins, C. B. Follett, Susan Terris, Janell Moon, Alice Rogoff, Clive Matson, David Alpaugh, Forrest Hamer, Marcia Campbell, Andrena Zawinski, Grace M. Grafton, Adam David Miller, Stewart Florsheim, Marvin R. Hiemstra, Charles and Gail Entrekin, Jeanne Wagner, Erica Goss, Connie Post, Susan Cohen, Dawn McGuire, Robert Eastwood, and Lee Rossi.
JANICE FARRELL (San Francisco, CA) has a private practice in Spiritual Direction and trains and supervises Spiritual Director interns at Mercy Center Burlingame. She has a degree in Psychology, certification as a Holistic Health Educator Counselor, and has done extensive post grad work in Theology. She invites local poets as annual judges in her eager and full-hearted support of poetry, which she loves deeply.
About the 2020 Judge
INDIGO MOOR (Sacramento, CA) is a multi-genre, award-winning writer and teacher. His second book of poetry, Through the Stonecutter’s Window, won the Northwestern University Press’s Cave Canem prize. He published his first book, Tap-Root, as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Poetry Series. Everybody’s Jonesin’ for Something, Indigo’s fourth book, took 2nd place in the University of Nebraska Press’ Backwater Prize, and will be published in spring 2021.
Last Year’s (2019) Winners
- First Prize: Wendy Videlock of Palisade, CO
“North of Mist”
- Second Prize: Margaret Stawowy of Novato, CA
- Third Prize: Judy Bebelaar of Berkeley, CA
“Fallen Leaf Lake”
Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)
Lucille Lang Day of Oakland, CA
“Busan: Headong Yonggungsa Temple”
Mary Langer Thompson of Apple Valley, CA
“Duel Immersion School”
Kathleen Meadows of El Cerrito, CA
“Falling Through Sunlight”
Angie Minkin of San Francisco, CA
Valerie Nieman of Greensboro, NC