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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.

We are now SOLD OUT of all copies of Lyrical Iowa 2019 and Lyrical Iowa 2018

IPA 2020 Contest Rules are now available.

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 2020 Contest Rules.

For the printable pdf version of the contest brochure, click here.

For 2020 NFSPS College/University Level Poetry Contest Rules, click here.

ANNOUNCING the 2019 Adult Division Winners

Congratulations to the following!

865 entries, Judge - William R. Reyer, Tiffin, OH
1st - Delia Ralston, Waterloo
2nd - Allison Boyd Justus; Ames
3rd - Robin Sprafka; Winterset
1st HM - Dick Stahl; Davenport
2nd HM - Kelly Clute; Center Point
3rd HM - Margaret Flint Suter: Hampton

Special Award for First Time Entrant
Crystal Stone; Ames

45 entries, Judge - Ralph Speer, Colbert WA
1st - Allison Berryhill; Atlantic
2nd - Betty Taylor; Hartley
3rd - Linda Wolfe; Greenfield
1st HM - Laura Sohl-Cryer; Cedar Falls
2nd HM - Lori Shannon; Manning
3rd HM - Christine Brink; Dow City

137 entries, Judge - Stanley Malless, Murphy, NC
1st - Dennis Maulsby; Ames
2nd - Richard Ramsey; Des Moines
3rd - Joanne D Schar; Spencer
1st HM - Tracy Eden; Iowa City
2nd HM - Elizabeth Spratt; Oelwein
3rd HM - Shirley Hilton; Cedar Rapids

35 entries, Judge - Ann Gasser, West Reading, PA
1st - Jeffrey Meyer; Mount Pleasant
2nd - Joe Millard; West Des Moines
3rd - Jan Blankenburg; Donnellson
1st HM - Phyllis IT Harris; Ames
2nd HM - Ramona Morse; Osage
3rd HM - Gene M Rohr; Grinnell

60 Entries, Judge - Lisa Toth Salinas, Spring, TX
1st - Alanna Clutter; Des Moines
2nd - Dale Netherton; Farmington
3rd - Kathleen Hart; Fort Madison
1st HM - Laura A Thompson; Postville
2nd HM - Lindsey Smith; West Des Moines
3rd HM - Cleo McKim; Mount Pleasant

Gretchen Fosket Memorial Award
Joyce Allen; Ankeny

38 entries, Judge - Ann Gasser, West Reading, PA
1st - Jo Ann Benda; Iowa City
2nd - Sandra Conner Ladegaard; Arnolds Park
3rd - Mary Jedlicka Humston; Iowa City
1st HM - Mary Bolin; Ankeny
2nd HM - Helen J Thoen; Manly
3rd HM - Marylyn Gillespie; Lake City

2019 Student Division Winners

Congratulations to the following!

Please note a correction in the high school division. There was a typing error in the printed anthology of Allison Narmi's selected poem (Saint Albert School, Council Bluffs). The corrected version is available here, with the editor's apologies.

JUDGE: S Stephanie, Rollinsford, NH (50 entries)
1st - Albie Nicol, Cedar Falls, IA, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
2nd - Anneke Wind, Johnstown, CO, Dordt College, Sioux City
3rd - Anneliese Donstad, Tomball, TX, Dordt College, Sioux City
1st HM - Katie Bousema, Escondido, CA, Dordt College, Sioux City
2nd HM - Hannah Adams, Sheboygan, WI, Dordt College, Sioux City
3rd HM - Erika Buiter, Ireton, IA, Dordt College, Sioux City

JUDGE: Nynke Passi, Fairfield, IA (251 entries)
1st - Katelyn Donnelly, Grade 12, Shenandoah High School, Shenandoah, Kathryn Freed, Teacher
2nd - Kaua'i Cua, Grade 9, Valley Southwoods, West Des Moines, Christie Wicks, Teacher
3rd - Skyler Freeman, Grade 11, Boyer Valley High School, Dunlap, K Johnson, Teacher
1st HM - Richard Hu, Grade 11, St. Albert Catholic School, Council Bluffs, Ann Coombs, Teacher
2nd HM - Tabetha DeGroot, Grade12, Faith Christian Home School, Sioux Center, Twila DeGroot, Teacher
3rd HM - Ashleigh Manders, Grade 9, Prairie Point Middle School, Cedar Rapids, Denise Roth, Teacher
Allison Narmi, Grade 9, Saint Albert Schools, Council Bluffs CORRECTION. Our apologies for the error appearing in the printed anthology.

JUDGE: Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas TX (257 entries)
1st - Kira Taylor, Grade 7, South Middle School, Waukee, Mrs. Patterson, Teacher
2nd - Hunter Shipley, Grade 8, Burlington Notre Dame, Burlington, Esther Waterman, Teacher
3rd - Lily Hofman, Grade 8, Sanborn Christian School, Sanborn, Sam De Groot, Teacher
1st HM - Miya Krueger, Grade 5, Sawyer Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
2nd HM - Ian Williamson, Grade 5, Sawyer Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
3rd HM - Sam Hostetter, Grade 5, Edwards Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher

JUDGE: Budd Powell Mahan, Dallas TX (97 entries)
1st - Kyros Yuefan Wu, Grade 3, Van Allen Elementary, North Liberty, Tammy Bell, Teacher
2nd - Conor McMahon, Grade 4, Jordan Creek Elementary, West Des Moines, Mrs. Flagg, Teacher
3rd - Zaylin Harden-Barrow, Grade 3, Edwards Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
1st HM - Brendan Stanley, Grade 3, Edwards Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
2nd HM -Corwyn Evans, Grade 3, Edwards Elementary, Ames, Mark Royer, Teacher
3rd HM - Allison Roman Reseniz, Grade 2, Rolling Green Elementary, Urbandale, Ms. J Bowie, Teacher

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