Thank you to everyone who submitted work to us for consideration in The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize. We were stunned, not only by the quantity of poems we received, but by the quality as well. After weeks of reading through work, re-reading many poems, and discussing well into the evenings most of the works sent to us, we were able to decide on 33 semi-finalists to send along to our final judge, Barrett Warner.
From that 33 poem “chapbook” as Mr. Warner calls it, he was able to decide on seven pieces as finalists. And from those finalists, he selected three to be the top poems this year. Since we read blind, we have no idea who you are as we compose this note. But please know this: we are so very impressed with you. We’re sending a HUGE kudos to everyone for participating and for offering us your best words. The excellence of all these submissions is astounding.
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The WINNER of The 2015 Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize is Nicole Santalucia for the poem Central Pennsylvania. Santalucia will receive publication in TTR 1.3, a $500 cash prize from The Tishman Review, free tickets to tour Steeplechase-Millay’s home in Auterlitz, NY-as well as a gorgeous first edition of Millay’s work from the Edna St. Vincent Millay Society.
SECOND PRIZE goes to Barbara Westwood Diehl for the poem Untamed Sonnet. Diehl will receive publication in TTR 1.3 and a cash prize of $100 from The Tishman Review.
HONORABLE MENTION goes to Sage Yockelson for the poem Heliocentrism. Yockelson will receive publication in TTR 1.3 and a cash prize of $50 from The Tishman Review.
Additionally, we are proud to announce the following FINALISTS. These poems were close at the heels of the winners and will also be published in TTR 1.3:
Interior with Snow by Shevaun Brannigan
Better Living Through Technology by Stephen Roberts
Walking with Eve in the Loved City by Roy Bentley
After Auden by Emma Bolden
In addition to the above, several of the semi-finalist poems were accepted for publication in the January 2016 issue of The Tishman Review. There are noted with an (*) below. The semi-finalist poems are:
Olfaction by Aaron Graham
Ode to MRE No. 08: Beef Patty by Aaron Graham
*Ode to Before We Were Dance and Form by Robin Carstensen
Say it Anyway by Robin Carstensen
*Green Room by Willa Carroll
Mother Tongue by Sokunthary Svay
*Patron Saint by Theordora Ziolkowski
Parable by Theodora Ziolkowski
*Ghosts are Watching Me by Eleanor Lerman
The Land of Heaven by Eleanor Lerman
Easter Sunday by Emma Bolden
I Am Writing a Story and You Are Reading It by Emma Bolden
*Scranton Lace by Margot Douaihy
Cork by Margot Douaihy
Memory is a Camera Lens After a House Fire by Margot Douaihy
*A Peculiar Caravan by Matthew Rotando
A Cork In The Floor Comes Out by Matthew Rotando
L’Ombre De L’Avenir by Stephen Roberts
Zen Diagram VI by Gloria Keeley
Corpses, Tall Like Daisies by Marsha Schuh
The Fight by Victoria Dym
Wish I Could Grow a Mustache like Salvador Dali’s by Victoria Dym
To Aging by Shevaun Brannigan
*not the war by Jessica Wallace
Capitalist in Love by Daniella Bucilli
Octopus Hearts by Megan Taylor
So, dear poets, THANK YOU for making this first poetry prize season a memorable one. We wish you all the best in your writing pursuits and look forward to reading your words again, and again, and again.