Winners Announced for Fourth Annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest

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Debbie Camelin of Ottawa, Ontario, is the winner of the fourth annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest sponsored by Tom Howard Books. This contest awards $3,500 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000, for the best original poems in any style or theme. Camelin's poem "Intimidation", a stirring account of nonviolent resistance to apartheid, was judged the best of hundreds of entries from around the world. The top ten winners are published at http://www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry

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As a medium to convey the deepest feelings, the elegy has no equal. With commendable economy, Jessica Morrow uses 'flash' recollection and bold, emotional imagery to draw rounded yet heartfelt portraits not only of the lost Jennifer but of her 'best friend'--the narrator herself.

Tom Howard Books is pleased to announce the results from its fourth annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest. Debbie Camelin of Ottawa, Ontario, won first prize and $1,000 for her poem "Intimidation". Hundreds of entries were received from around the world.

Camelin's dramatic poem is set in a South Africa still overshadowed by the legacy of apartheid. A group of black women successfully challenge a white policeman who is harassing a black youth; their courage in speaking truth to power is revealed to be stronger than the brute force of a corrupt state. Contest judge Dee C. Konrad observed, "Ms. Camelin's 'Intimidation' highlights a determination of political forces and an ongoing resistance to that pressure and persistent personal pain. Significant blocks of structured lines, deliberately spaced irregularly to represent the lack of communication, indicate the policies against freedom and the insistence for the freedom of recognition." The poem is based on a real-life incident. Camelin also won a High Distinction award of $100 for her poem "Lobsterman".

Second prize of $400 went to Noble Collins for "Old Hawk", a taut narrative of predator and prey in a race for survival. Collins also won a High Distinction award of $100 for his poem "Central Park". These are Mr. Collins' first published poems. Contest judge John H. Reid said, "His poetry sings with life, with rhythm, with passion. Words are his compliant tools, his paints, his servile pigments. Yet even more importantly, Mr. Collins has a voice. And above all else, a poet must have a distinctive voice, a pleasing voice, a subtle voice that colors all his work, no matter what its subject matter. The judges are thrilled to have discovered Mr. Collins and to acclaim him as a major poet."

Jessica Morrow won third prize and $200 for her poignant, image-rich poem "For Jen", an elegy for a childhood friend who died in a car accident. Reid said of this poem, "As a medium to convey the deepest feelings, the elegy has no equal. With commendable economy, Jessica Morrow uses 'flash' recollection and bold, emotional imagery to draw rounded yet heartfelt portraits not only of the lost Jennifer but of her 'best friend'--the narrator herself."

High Distinction awards of $100 each went to Tom Berman, Linda Dousay, Johnmichael Simon, Martin Steele, and Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingde. Ten Highly Commended Awards of $70 each and ten Commended Awards of $50 each rounded out the prizes, bringing the total to $3,500.

The top ten winning entries are published online at winningwriters.com/tompoetry

About Tom Howard Books and John H. Reid

The Tom Howard/John H. Reid Poetry Contest accepts original poems of any length, style or theme. Both published and unpublished works are accepted. The current contest opened on December 15, 2006 and will be accepting entries through the postmark deadline of September 30, 2007. Entries are accepted online and by mail. For guidelines, please see winningwriters.com/tompoetry

Contest sponsor and final judge John H. Reid is a former journalist and magazine editor who has published several novels, a collection of poetry, a guide to winning literary contests and fifteen books of film criticism and movie history. He lives in Wyong, Australia. Mr. Reid is assisted in the judging by Dee C. Konrad. A leading educator and published author, Ms. Konrad was Associate Professor in the English faculty of Barat College of DePaul University, and served as Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the year 2000-2001.

About Winning Writers, Inc.

Winning Writers assists with entry handling and publicity for the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest and other literary contests sponsored by Tom Howard Books. Winning Writers is today's leading source for poetry contest information. We have been selected as one of the "101 Best Web Sites for Writers" by Writer's Digest (2005 and 2006). Our online database, Poetry Contest Insider, ranks and profiles over 750 literary contests. Our free email newsletter offers news about free poetry and prose contests and quality literary resources.

Winning Writers was founded in 2001 by Jendi Reiter and Adam R. Cohen. Learn more at winningwriters.com.

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