2023 Poetry Contest

Poetry Contest 2023

Enter the Redwood Writers 2023 Poetry Contest

Submission deadline: March 1, 9 p.m.

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First prize:

Second prize:

Third prize:

*In addition to the cash awards, every winner, including honorable mention, receives a certificate.

Winners announced:

Saturday, April 15, 2023

at the Redwood Writers
general membership meeting



In addition to all Redwood Writers members, the contest is open to:
• All CWC members, regardless of residence.
• Non-member residents of Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Solano counties.


Submission dates:

Open: January 21, 2023
Close: March 1, 2023 at 9 p.m.


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Please observe the following contest rules; otherwise, your entry may be disqualified.


  • Each poet may submit up to 3 poems (maximum 50 lines per poem).
  • BLIND SUBMISSIONS: Your name must NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript; only the title(s) of poem(s).
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be accepted. Poems that have appeared in print, including online magazines, are not eligible. However, they may have appeared in personal blogs or online newsletters.
  • All poems must be submitted by 9 p.m. on March 1, 2023, for consideration.
  • Poems must be original.


  • 1-inch margins
  • 12-point in Times New Roman font
  • Poems may be single-spaced
  • One space after punctuation
  • Each poem must have a title
  • Page number at the bottom center

selecteddocsPLEASE INCLUDE:

  • At the time of submission, include a 50-word professional biography written in 3rd person and a headshot, no larger than 500 pixels on the longest side


  • Document format: Your piece(s) should be formatted as a Microsoft Word document (NOT a docx) or PDF.
  • Multiple poems must be submitted in a single document. Each poem must have its own title.
  • ONLINE SUBMISSIONS ONLY: All entries must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.




Les Bernstein

Les Bernstein’s poetry had been published in journals, presses and anthologies in the U.S. and internationally. Her chapbooks Naked Little Creatures and Amid the Din were published by Finishing Line Press. She won the 2014 Nazim Hikmet award and is a 2015 Pushcart Prize nominee. Les has served as Co-Editor for five of Redwood Writers Poetry Anthologies. Her newest book, Loose Magic, is available on Amazon.


Judith Vaughn

Judith Vaugn lives in Sonoma. She attended New York City College, John F. Kennedy University, and Dominican University with a focus in Psychology. She is a member of Poetic License, a group of poets presenting monthly at Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Among her publications: First Literary Review-East, online; Oak Leaf News, a student publication at SRJC; JerryJazz Musician: A Miles Davis Poetry Collection, and Redwood Writers 2022 Poetry Anthology, Crossroads.


Susan Gunter

Susan Gunter, Ph.D., studied poetry with James Dickey. Her poems appear in journals around the country, including Poet Lore. She held the William Dean Howells Fellowship in American literature at Harvard’s Houghton Library in 2005. Susan’s books include poetry, a memoir, and three on the Henry James family. Susan’s poetry book, Over the Village, is available at Finishing Line Press.


Fran Claggett

Fran Claggett-Holland’s careers include 40 years of teaching in higher education, educational consultant, and author of books for teachers and students. Fran has taught memoir and poetry for Osher Lifelong Learning at SSU. She recently published a fourth book of poems. Fran has served as Editor and Co-Editor of Redwood Writers Annual Poetry Anthology since 2017, producing six anthologies. Her new poetry book, Under the Wings of the Crow, is available on Amazon.

Poetry Contest Chair



Linda Loveland Reid is the author of two novels, available on Amazon, and dozens of poems and articles published in magazines and anthologies. She is past president of Redwood Writers and has served as Board Liaison for all of the club’s seven poetry anthologies. Linda teaches art history at SSU and Dominican Universities in their Osher Lifelong Learning programs. She is a abstract painter. See Linda’s writings and paintings on website: LindaLovelandReid.com

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