2011 – Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize: Results

In Announcements, Contest, Finalists - 2011, Poetry on November 20, 2011 at 11:32 pm


A big thank you to everyone who participated in the competition. After these many years of poetry, we were surprised at the innovation and freshness poets had to offer and we are glad to be able to play a part in keeping it alive. The Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize 2011 would not have been a success without your inspiring poems.  Participants from almost every continent had verse to offer. We received a total of 570 entries and it was a pleasure to read each and every one of them.


Congratulations to Troubadour Kaul for his poem Letters to Samara: Fire & Ice which has been declared the winner of the Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize 2011. More of his poems and an interview will feature in an upcoming ‘Poet Showcase’ segment on our website.

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Pergolesi/Mayfield–”Live!”Charles Leggett
  2. Country Song – D Eric Parkison
  3. Fate ForecastChangming Yuan
  4. The Mathematics of AutumnKarle Linn Merrifield
  5. infinity/technologyMercedes Webb-Pullman
  6. bossa nova in which I bleedHelen Vitoria
  7. Search results: daffodilKyle Kushnir
  8. Letter to a Sick FriendNick DePascal
  9. MuseHowie Good
  10. The Quad – Jennifer Wong


Reader’s Choice Finalists:

  1. Click and MoveMichael Ceraso
  2. The Conquest of BreadAriana D. Den Bleyker


The Golden Sparrow Poetry Prize 2012 announcement will be made in August 2012 with (hopefully) a bigger appetite and a bigger purse to reward your efforts. The Golden Sparrow has had nearly 20,000 visitors since it first took flight. We hope you will be as supportive in the future. Stay in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter (@Goldensparrowpo) and subscribe via email to receive notifications for new poems posted.

The finalists will be published in Best of – Anthology, due 2012.  The winner will be joining our masthead as Guest Poetry Editor for the same.

Other contest entries that were deemed commendable will be offered a space in our Online and Print segment. We will notify these poets individually about the details, but they are:

Trevor Lanuzza, Ranjani Murali, Arthur Leung, Ricky Garni, Erin Elizabeth Smith, Paul McMahon, Christopher Stolle, Rinzu Rajan, Shannon Connor Winward, Yvette Managan, Mary Stone Dockery, Ann Eichler Kolakowski, Kevin Ridgeway, Jennifer Wong, Eric Mohrman and Wendy E. Kaplan

We have more great poetry from John Swain, Ben Rasnic, Bill Roberts, Emma Ramey, Rumjhum Biswas and Carl Palmer waiting to enthrall you in the month of December. General Poetry submissions reopen on 25th November, 2011. We are looking forward to reading more outstanding poetry from our readers and poet friends. Once again, thank you for your support and participation.

  1. Congratulations to all!

  2. Congrats to everyone! Thank you so much for the encouragement, eds.!

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