Kathleen McClung “Beloved” Sonnet Prize Category

1st Prize: $100…. 2nd 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, Associate Director of the contest lives in San Francisco, CA and 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, Philip Levine, and Peter Everwine. She is the author of Almost the Rowboat, and her poetry, memoir, and fiction appear widely in journals and anthologies, including Mezzo Cammin, Unsplendid, Atlanta Review, Ekphrasis, Spirituality & Health, Poets 11, A Bird Black as the Sun: California Poets on Crows and Ravens and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she won the 2012 Rita Dove Poetry Award and has been a finalist for the Morton Marr, Robert Frost, and 49th Parallel poetry prizes. She has participated in recent panels and workshops at the Southern Festival of Books, Litquake, 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.


Last Year’s Winners (2017)

First Prize: Robert Eastwood of San Ramon, CA for “Dandelions”

Second Prize: Diane L. Moomey of El Granada, CA for “Verandah”

Third Prize: Jeanetta Jones Miller of Inverness, CA for “Mother Quail”

Honorable Mentions: Robert Eastwood of San Ramon, CA for “Seasonal Suit”; Grace Marie Grafton of Oakland, CA for “Blotted with ash”; Lois Batchelor Howard of Desert Hot Springs, CA for “A Music”; Katharyn Howd Machan of Ithaca, NY for “Zalia M. Book: Redwing, 1888”; Diane L. Moomey of El Granada, CA for “Seven a.m.; Barbara Quick of Cotati, CA for “Last Rites for My Mother-in-Law’s Last Dog” ; Katharine Wilson of San Jose, CA for “Exception”