Kathleen McClung “Beloved” Sonnet Prize Category

First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $50

Third Prize: $25

Category Details

One Shakespearean, Petrarchan, or nontraditional sonnet per entry. Am Looking for contemporary, beautifully crafted sonnet on the theme of the beloved. I welcome celebrations, meditations, and passions of all varieties. As Edward Hirsch and Eavan Boland write, a sonnet “is a form of true power, malleable, nomadic, humane. It speaks to something that is deep within us. It turns us both inward and outward. It is both timely and timeless.”

About Judge/Sponsor

Kathleen McClung (San Francisco, CA), associate director of the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, is the author of three poetry collections: Temporary Kin (2020), The Typists Play Monopoly (2018) and Almost the Rowboat (2013). Her newest collection, A Juror Must Fold in on Herself, winner of the 2020 Rattle Chapbook Prize, is now available. Her work appears widely in journals and anthologies including Southwest Review, Naugatuck River Review, Mezzo Cammin, The MacGuffin, Ekphrasis, Atlanta Review, Spillway, cahoodaloodaling, California Quarterly, Forgotten Women, Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California, and elsewhere. Winner of the Rita Dove, Morton Marr, Shirley McClure, and Maria W. Faust national poetry prizes, she is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Kathleen holds masters degrees in Education and English from Stanford University and CSU Fresno. She teaches at Skyline College, The Writing Salon, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) in San Francisco, and has taught/advised student teachers in the credential program at Mills College. For ten years she directed Women on Writing: WOW! Voices Now on the Skyline campus, celebrating creativity in writers of all ages. In 2018-2019 she was a writer-in-residence at Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. Kathleen serves on the poetry staff for The MacGuffin literary journal.

Judge’s Websites

Kathleen McClung

Barefoot Muse Press

Kelsay Books

Finishing Line Press

Rattle Chapbooks

Mezzo Cammin

2020 Winners

  • First Prize: Deborah Bachels Schmidt of El Sobrante, CA
    “Tahlequah I”
  • Second Prize: Diane Lee Moomey of Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Third Prize: Lynda LaRocca of Salida, CO

2020 Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order)

Claire J. Baker of Pinole, CA for “Camping with Dan”

Maya Bernstein of Yonkers, NY for “Sonnet for the Horseshoe Bat”

Casey FitzSimons of Redwood City, CA for “Like a Stray Word”

D. R. Goodman of Oakland, CA for “Desires are Interchangeable”

Barbara Lydecker Crane of Somerville, MA for “Beloved”

R.J. Keeler of Vashon, WA for “The Weld is Always Stronger Than the Steel”

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer of Placerville, CO for “But You Thought You Knew What a Sign Looked Like”