James Hearst Poetry Prize

2014 James Hearst Poetry Prize Winners

All winners and finalists will be published in our Spring 2014 issue.

Congratulations to our winners!

First Place: Martha Silano, "Ode to Frida Kahlo's Eyebrows"

Second Place: Mark Wagenaar, "A Brief Report on Cosmology, Fate and Human Frailty"

Third Place: Carolyne Wright, "Ghazal for Emilie Parker"

Honorable Mention: Brittney Scott, "Cosmogeny"

Honorable Mention: F.J. Bergmann, "Rejection Sestina"

We would also like to extend a congratulations to the finalists of the James Hearst Poetry Prize.

Shivani Mehta, "How to write a love letter"

Patricia Colleen Murphy, "Rank Bitch"

Jennifier Militello, "Leitmotif of the Mothers"

Heather Altfeld, "Ex Ode"

Sharon Hashimoto, "The Bus Driver's Wife"

Cynthia Wyatt, "Eat"

Ann Hudson, "Spring"

Jenifer Lawrence, "Candling"

Casey Thayer, "Samson"

Tess Barry, "Deciduous"

A Hoffman, "Lucky to be pretty"

Chelsea Wagenaar, "Mother"

We greatly appreciate all entries and look forward to the James Hearst Poetry Prize 2015.


Entry Guidelines for the 2015 James Hearst Poetry Prize

  • First Prize $1000
  • Second $100
  • Third $50


All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2014 issue. 

Deadline: TBA June 2014

Entry fee: $20.00

All entry fees include a one-year subscription. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled online through our online submission system. (Click here to access the submission system)

If you have problems with the online submission system or are unable to upload your submission, please call us at (319) 273-3026 for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts. please. Your poems will be "read blind." Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in the writers' trade magazines and on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well -- too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter -- both open and closed forms. 

Questions? nar@uni.edu • 319 273-6455 • FAX 319-273-4326