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Lyrical Iowa Competition

Lyrical Iowa is an annual anthology of 300 or more poems chosen from those submitted to the competitions listed below. Contests are open to all persons with an Iowa address; you do not need to be a member of the Association. No entry fee.

IPA 2019 Contest Rules are available online

It is essential that you follow the Contest Rules when submitting poems for consideration.
Please note: EMAIL SUBMISSION RULES for Adults and College Students Only

Click here for the 2019 Contest Rules.

For 2019 NFSPS College/University Level Poetry Contest Rules, click here.

2018 Adult Division Winners

Winning poems will be posted Nov. 1, 2018.

ADULT GENERAL:
877 entries, Judge - William R. Reyer, Tiffin, OH
1st - AO Spencer, Kalona
2nd - Robin Sprafka, Winterset
3rd - Richard K Wallarab, Coralville
1st HM - Maribeth Boelts, Cedar Falls
2nd HM - Ramona Morse, Osage
3rd HM - Joe Millard, Waukee

Special Award for First Time Entrant
Jesse Decker, Charles City

SONNETS:
46 entries, Judge - Madelyn Eastlund, Beverly Hills, FL
1st - Lucille Morgan Wilson, Des Moines
2nd - Debbie Johnson, Nevada
3rd - Sandra Conner Ladegaard, Arnolds Park
1st HM - Lori Shannon; Manning
2nd HM - Wally Moll, Indianola
3rd HM - Michelle Hunt, Peosta

NATIONAL/WORLD EVENTS:
50 entries, Judge - Ann Gasser, West Reading, PA (20 entries)
1st - Catherine Wilson Opper, Dubuque
2nd - Katherine Ochsner, Cedar Falls
3rd - Jan Blankenburg, Donnellson
1st HM - Howard Johnson, Ames
2nd HM - Pauline Borton, State Center
3rd HM - Karen Kladivo, Mount Vernon

HAIKU:
132 entries, Judge - Stanley Malless, Murphy, NC
1st - Shelly Thieman, West Des Moines
2nd - Jean M Evans, Grundy Center
3rd - Del Todey Turner, Waterloo
1st HM - Maggie Westvold, Ames
2nd HM - Patricia E Noeth, Iowa City
3rd HM - Bill Simmons, Carroll

POEMS FOR CHILDREN:
52 Entries, Judge - Lisa Toth Salinas, Spring, TX
1st - Nancy Samcoe-Link, Des Moines>
2nd - Carolyn Rohrbaugh, Sutherland
3rd - Milli Gilbaugh, Iowa City
1st HM - Lynn Cavanagh, Grinnell
2nd HM - Lloyd Brockmeyer, Cedar Rapids
3rd HM - Dale Netherton, Farmington

HUMOROUS VERSE:
32 entries, Judge - Ann Gasser, West Reading, PA
1st - Shelley Jones Clark, Johnston
2nd - Gretchen Fosket, Des Moines
3rd - Lynn D Wielenga, Hull
1st HM - Helen Thoen, Manly
2nd HM - Mary Jedlicka Humston, Iowa City
3rd HM - Steven Thompson; Osage

2018 Student Division Winners

COLLEGE: There were not enough entries for a contest at the college level this year.

HIGH SCHOOL:
JUDGE: Brent Christianson, Madison WI (161 entries)
1st - Crystal Milam, Grade 11, Chariton High School, Chariton, Joy Drake, Teacher
2nd - Bradie Roggentien, Grade 11, Iowa Valley High School, Marengo, Jackye Bowlin, Teacher
3rd - Morgan Tyma, Grade 11, Valley High School, West Des Moines, Blythe Stanfel, Teacher
1st HM - Alana Scherer, Grade 10, Valley High School, West Des Moines, Blythe Stanfel, Teacher
2nd HM - Shayla Dobias, Grade11, Iowa School for the Deaf, Council Bluffs, Megan Minatra, Teacher
3rd HM - Noah Mumby, Grade 11, Iowa Valley High School, Marengo, Jackye Bowlin, Teacher

UPPER GRADES (6-8):
JUDGE: Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas TX (369 entries)
1st - Emma Krambeck, Grade 6, Cowles Montessori School, Windsor Heights, Adam Egherman, Teacher
2nd - Abby Bruggeman, Grade 7, North Polk Middle School, Alleman, Steve Leach, Teacher
3rd - Athena XiMeng Wu, Grade 6, Van Allen Elementary, Chariton, Lindsey Porter, Teacher
1st HM - Chloe Berns, Grade 6, Gilbert Middle School, Gilbert, Kathleen Charlson, Teacher
2nd HM - Trevor Oberbroeckling, Grade 7, Bondurant-Farrar Middle School, Bondurant, Andrea Goes, Teacher
3rd HM - Reese Winer, Grade 6, Gilbert Middle School, Gilbert, Kathleen Charlson, Teacher

LOWER GRADES (K-5):
JUDGE: Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas TX (119 entries)
1st - Sophia Kyveryga, Grade 4, Edwards Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
2nd - Noah Gaul, Grade 5, St. Francis of Assisi School, West Des Moines, Kristin Schaffer, Teacher
3rd - Kate Carlson, Grade 5, St. Francis of Assisi School, West Des Moines, Kristin Schaffer, Teacher
1st HM - Kira Majak, Grade 5, Sawyer Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
2nd HM -Heidi Niesen, Grade 5, Edwards Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
3rd HM - Ava Prescott, Grade 3, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School, Marcus, Jodi Feser, Teacher

Other Student Awards, NATIONAL WINNERS:
National Federation of State Poetry Societies announces Manningham Student Contest Winners 2018
We are pleased to announce the following winners selected from IPA's 2017 top-ranking student poets:
3rd Place, Senior Level: Rose White, Valley High School, West Des Moines
5th Place, Senior Level: Emma Madden, Valley High School, West Des Moines
1st Honorable Mention, Senior Level: Annika Hogstrom, Hempstead High School, Dubuque
2nd Honorable Mention, Junior Level: Ainsley Wolford, St Albert Catholic School, Council Bluffs
CONGRATULATIONS!!


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