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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.

There are copies of Lyrical Iowa 2014 available for $10.00 postpaid.

IPA 2016 Contest Rules

It is essential that you follow the Contest Rules when submitting poems for consideration.
Please note: We require that all poems except haiku have titles. Also, the "Indigenous to Iowa" category has been eliminated.

Click here for the 2016 Contest Rules.

For 2016 NFSPS College/University Level Poetry Contest Rules, click here.

IPA 2015 Contest Winners

943 entries, Judge - William R. Reyer, Tiffin, OH
1st - Pat Underwood, Colfax
2nd - Maxine Bulechek, Iowa City
3rd - Delia Ralston, Waterloo
1st HM - Virginia K. Westbrook, Des Moines
2nd HM - Jim Hendrix, Burlington
3rd HM - Dick Stahl, Davenport

Norman Thomas Memorial Award
Jean C. Conover, Mapleton
Special Award for First Time Entrant
Marty Miller, Donnellson

35 entries, Judge - Ralph Speer, Spokane, WA
1st - Phoebe Bubendorfer, Des Moines
2nd - Elaine Erickson, Urbandale
3rd - Barbara Cardamon, Waterloo
1st HM - Mike Bayles, Davenport
2nd HM - Phyllis Hovenga Frazier, Cedar Falls
3rd HM - John McBride, Bettendorf

38 entries, Judge - Ralph Speer, Spokane, WA
1st - Laura Sohl-Cryer, Cedar Falls
2nd - Lori Shannon, Manning
3rd - James H. Sutton, Des Moines
1st HM - Betty Taylor, Hartley
2nd HM - Lynne Zotalis, Decorah
3rd HM - Wally Moll, Indianola

58 Entries, Judge - Marilyn E. Juhl, Mitchellville, IA
1st - Bonnie S. Forey, Spirit Lake
2nd - Nancy Samcoe-Link, Des Moines
3rd - Carole Johnston, Sargent Bluff
1st HM - Dale Netherington, Farmington
2nd HM - Lois E. Wessels, De Witt
3rd HM - Janet Gilchrist, Douds

114 entries, Judge - Stanley Malless, Murphy, NC
1st - Virginia Mortenson, Des Moines
2nd - Lee Enslow, Beaver
3rd - Dennis Maulsby, Ames
1st HM - Patricia E. Noeth, Iowa City
2nd HM - Janvier Abramowitz, Coralville
3rd HM - Myrna Sandvik, Branson

61 entries, Judge - Nancy Riggan, Orange City, IA
1st - Jonathan Willier, Centerville
2nd - Jan Logan, Van Horne
3rd - Milli Gilbaugh, Iowa City
1st HM - Gretchen Foster, Des Moines
2nd HM - Edy Fudge, Clive
3rd HM - Steven Thompson, Osage


48 entries, Judge - Michael Carrino, Plattsburgh, NY)
1st - Meggie Royer, Ames (Macalester College)
HM - Jaclyn Duden, Cedar Rapids (Coe College)

162 entries, Judge - Ray Gonzalez, Ottumwa, IA
1st - Patricia Harte-Maxwell, Asbury
2nd - Meg Justmann, Dubuque
3rd - Ben Henry Gesink, Sioux Center
1st HM - Maddie DeWitt, Spence
2nd HM - Hailey Butler, Durango
3rd HM - Andrea Weires, Dubuque
Hannah Birch, Dubuque, received a 2nd place and Tanvi Yenna, West Des Moines, received 4th HM in a contest of the National Federation of State Poetry Association Societies, with which the Iowa Poetry is affiliated.

359 Entries, Judge - Eleanor Andrews, Wells, ME
1st - Tanner Summerville, 8th gr. Mater Dei H.S.,Sioux City
2nd - Lindsay Cam, 7th gr., North Polk Middle Sch.,Alleman
3rd - Sarah (Grace) Stewart, 7th gr.,Clear Creek Amana
1st HM - Ellerie Tarbox, 7th gr.,St. Albert, Council Bluffs
2nd HM - Megan J. Szalay, 7TH gr.,St.Francis of Assisi, WDM
3rd HM - Mitch Houge, 7th gr., No. Polk Middle Sch.,Alleman

86 Entries, Judge - Eleanor Andrews, Wells, ME
1st - Serena Karen Carlson, 4th gr., St.Francis, WDM
2nd - Emily Heitzman, 2nd gr., St. Francis of Assisi, WDM
3rd - Sydney Jones, 2nd gr., Prairie Trail Elem., Ankeny
1st HM - Kate Dorothy Carlson, 2nd gr., St. Francis, WDM
2nd HM - Mira Kirshnan, K, Willowwind Sch., Iowa City
3rd HM - Emma Batterson, 2nd gr., Home School, Waverly

Some student poems entered in the 2015 IPA contest will be selected to be sent to next year's Nationals Student Award.

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