KATHLEEN MCCLUNG "BELOVED" SONNET PRIZE CATEGORY
1st Prize: $100.... 2nd Prize: $50.... Third Prize:.... $25
One Shakespearean or Petrarchan 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."
KATHLEEN McCLUNG (San Francisco, CA) teaches at Skyline College and the Writing Salon. She has also served as managing editor at small presses and taught/advised student teachers in public high schools. She holds masters degrees from Stanford University and California State University, Fresno where she studied with poets Alan Shapiro and Philip Levine in the 1980s. Her poetry, memoir, and fiction appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Poetry Northwest, Unsplendid, Bloodroot, Tule Review, Poetry Now, Spirituality & Health, Song of the San Joaquin, Poets 11 2010, and A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens. Recent awards include prizes from the Robert Frost Foundation, Memoirs Ink, Sacramento Poetry Center, Chicagoland Poetry Contest, Writers Digest, and Dancing Poetry Contest. She has participated in panels and workshops at the Write on the Sound Conference, Litquake, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and Crossroads Irish-American Festival. Kathleen serves as a reviewer for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries, and she coordinates Women on Writing (WOW) community events. Her chapbook, Almost the Rowboat, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2013.
LAST YEAR'S WINNERS (2012)
First Prize: Jeannetta Jones Miller of Gualala, CA for "A Quick Surprise"
Second Prize: Moira Egan of Rome, Italy for "Insomnia Sonnet (4)"
Third Prize: Robin Leslie Jacobson of San Anselmo, CA for "My Father Remembering as He Was Forgetting"
Honorable Mentions: Catherine Moran of Little Rock, AR for ""Filling the Space"; Lucille Gang Shulklapper of Boca Raton, FL for "Multiplication for my Father"; Robin Leslie Jacobson of San Anselmo, CA for "Widow"; Maria Theresa Maggi of Moscow, ID for "Once I was Tethered"; Monda Van Hollebeke of Edmonds, WA for "To My Beloved, My Vanishing Point"