Janice Farrell Poetry Prize Category

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd Prize: $50…. Third Prize:…. $25

Category Details

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. At this point the judge for the current category is yet to be announced. 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.

About Sponsor

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.

Mercy Center Burlingame

Last Year’s Winners (2017)


First Prize: Erica Goss of Eugene, OR for “To the Border Guard Who Found Aylan Kurdi”

Second Prize: Judith Cody of Los Altos, CA for “A Thousand Nights at the War Window

Third Prize: Daniel Polk of San Francisco, CA for “Being a Man” ”

Honorable Mentions: Erica Goss of Eugene, OR for “Leaving California”; Grace Marie Grafton of Oakland, CA for “Countless” and for “Begin”; Fran Markover of Ithaca, NY for “Apple Spirits”; Bonnie McManis of Oakland, CA for “The School of Life”