Poetry contest created to raise funds for Cape Cod’s only community access radio station drew submissions from all over the US.

Provincetown, MA, January 16, 2015:

WOMR announced the winners of the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest today, where poets were able to send in five pages of their best unpublished poetry, any style, any length, any subject matter. A $1,000 National Prize will be awarded to the best poem, $200 Regional Prize will go to best poem by a Cape Cod based poet. A $15 entry fee was used as prize money and to support WOMR’s operating expenses.

“It was a pleasure to read the work of many accomplished poets for this contest.  The national contest drew fine work from all over the States that just like past years, I had some problems choosing among them. I could have given several awards.  The regional contest also had talented winners, demonstrating that Cape Cod still draws exceptional writers.” said finalist judge and award winning writer Marge Piercy.

We received more than 400 pages of poetry submissions from Cape Cod and all over the United States.  Below is the list of Winners, Runners-Up and Honorable Mentions:


1st place: Old Women Talking by Wilderness Sarchild (Brewster)

2nd place: Africa is the Mother Who Lies in the Grass by Donna O’Connell (South Orleans)

3rd place: Mashed Potatoes by Susan Berlin (Yarmouth Port)


Mistakes of Attraction by Brett Warren (Dennis, MA), Uncle by Maeve Hitzenbuhler (Cotuit),

Demise by J. Lorraine Brown (Mashpee), Marsh Hawk Moon by Paula J. Ericson (Wellfleet),

The Taste of Salt by Tom Chilton (Falmouth), and Tritina for My Mother by Marietta Nilson (Harwich).


1st place: Blessing for an Imminent Death by Ellen LaFleche (Northampton, MA)

2nd place: The Lengthening of Longing by Mirian Bat-Ami (Mattawan, MI)

3rd place: Water Dreaming by Deirdre Callanan (Nokomis, FL)


Ebola Blanket by Joan Murray (Old Chatham, NY), The Free Cake Man by Kathleen Donkin (Gardiner, ME), Snow Tease by Amy Souza (Arlington, VA),Hamsah by Yiskah Rosenfeld (Albany, CA), and And Still the Bamboo Singsby James Zimmerman (Pleasantville, NY)

WOMR’s Executive Director John Braden said “we would like to thank everyone for submitting their work and of course to guest judge Marge Piercy. Thanks also to our committee of readers (themselves writers as well); Mary Ellen Redmond and Jeannette de Beauvoir, and to Neil Silberblatt for his assistance”.

Stay tuned for information about a reading of the regional winners at Wellfleet Preservation Hall in early April featuring contest judge Marge Piercy.

About WOMR/WFMR: WOMR is a noncommercial, nonprofit educational community radio station offering an eclectic blend of music and spoken-word programming since 1982 and broadcasting from Provincetown, Massachusetts—making it “outermost radio.” WOMR is not affiliated with any educational institution and derives its financial support from listeners, businesses and funding organizations. More information atwww.womr.org.

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