Sunday, August 19, 2007


Virginia's Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is pleased to announce its annual contest.


Virginia’s Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

The judge for this year's contest is Maurice Ferguson, a graduate of Roanoke College. Mr. Ferguson lives in Buchanan, Virginia with his wife, son and a menagerie of animals. He is employed as a therapist and works extensively with addicts, alcoholics, prisoners and the homeless.

He was a chief editor of Artemis Journal, coordinated several writer's workshops in the Roanoke Valley, organized numerous literary events, conducted a contest for prisoners and printed an anthology of prisoner's poems, Context Crumble. Mr. Ferguson has published in Samsara Quarterly, Melic Review, Piedmont Literary Quareterly, Inlet, Artemis and the Roanoke Review.

Entry Deadline: Postmark February 1, 2008

Subject: Any Form: Line Limit: 40*


1)Only original, unpublished poetry accepted. Websites are considered publishing.*

2)Submit 2 copies of each poem, typed on 8 ½” x 11” paper. Name, address and e-mail address on only one copy*. Entry by e-mail is not allowed.

3) Contest entry grants permission to publish winning entries in any future Roanoke NLAPW publications.

4)Winners will be notified by April 17, 2008.

5)Entry Fee: $5.00 per entry*. No limit to entries. Make checks payable to Roanoke Valley Branch, NLAPW.

6)Prizes: $100, $75, $50 and Honorable Mention $5.

7)Winning poems will be read at the May Meeting of NLAPW. Proceeds from the contest will be used to help fund a scholarship.

8)Names of award winners will be available by e-mail only, no SASE.

Mail entries to:
Co-Chairman, Margaret DuBois
P. O. Box 388
Salem, VA 24153-0388

Visions and Voices, Pens and Brushes, an anthology of previous winning poems, is available for $10.00 each plus $2 shipping. (Virginia residents add .50 sales tax) Please mail requests to the above address.

*Incorrectly submitted poems will be disqualified and entry fees retained by branch.

Please note that winners will be posted on this website by June 1, 2008.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Poetry Contest Winners

The Roanoke Valley Branch of the National League of American Pen Women is proud to announce the winners of the 2007 Poetry Contest.

First Place:
Andrea L. Watson, Taos, New Mexico, for “I am clothing this poem in skin” and “Skin”

Second Place:
Margaret J. Reynolds, Springfield, VA, for “Fractures”

Third Place:
William B. Spillman, Jr, Floyd, VA, for “Mill Town Blues”

Honorable Mentions:

Mary Katherine Williams, Paint Bank, VA, for “Buttons and a Thimble”

Mildred Barthel, North Logan, Utah, for “Home at Last”

Melanie Cregger, Troutville, VA, for “Where I’m From”

The contest received 122 different entries. The poems were judged by Melanie Almeder. Almeder is a creative writing professor at Roanoke College and a widely published young poet whose work has appeared in a range of journals. Her first book of poetry, On Dream Street, won the Editor's Prize by Tupelo Press and will be published in May.