Winners Announced for 2003 War Poetry Contest

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Robert Randolph of Texas is the winner of the second annual War Poetry Contest sponsored by Winning Writers. His poem, "Floating Girl," was judged the best from among the 734 entries received. Mr. Randolph received a prize of $1,000. A total of $2,000 in prizes were awarded. The prizewinning and finalist poems are published at

Winning Writers is pleased to announce the results from its second annual War Poetry Contest. Robert Randolph of Texas won first prize and $1,000 for his poem, "Floating Girl."

734 entries were received from around the world. Jendi Reiter, judge of the contest, praised Mr. Randolph's entry for its "delicately beautiful and strange imagery, its musical cadence that never falters."

The second prize winner, Joel Long of Utah, received $500 for his poem, "Broken Windows at Reims." The third prize winner, Patricia Monaghan of Illinois, received $250 for her poem, "Soldier's Heart." Five honorable mention poets received $50 each.

All the winning poems, plus those of 17 finalists, are published online at

The War Poetry Contest seeks original, unpublished poems on the theme of war. Contestants are asked to submit 1-3 poems, up to 500 lines in total. The contest will be offered again in 2004, with the total prize purse increasing to $2,250. The submission period is March 1 - May 31. The entry fee will remain $10. Complete guidelines can be found at


The War Poetry Contest is sponsored by Winning Writers, publishers of Poetry Contest Insider, an expert online guide to over 400 poetry contests. Winning Writers, founded in 2001, is proud to be a Cool Site in the Netscape Open Directory.

In addition to the War Poetry Contest, Winning Writers also sponsors the Wergle Flomp Poetry Contest, which seeks humor poems. The Wergle Flomp Contest is currently open and has a deadline of April 1. It is free to enter and will award $1,007.65 in prizes. Complete guidelines can be found at

Winning Writers is edited by Jendi Reiter. Ms. Reiter is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. Her first solo collection of poetry, A Talent for Sadness, was published by Turning Point Books in Fall 2003. For more information about Winning Writers, visit

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