2019 Poetry Contest

The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce its second annual Poetry Contest. This year, we have increased the cash awards for the three prize-winning poems. Now, first place will receive $500 and the Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize (won last year by Lew Forester of Arvada, Colorado). The second place poem will receive $300, and third place will win $200. The entry fee, however, remains at only $12.

In addition to the three cash awards, poems will also be recognized with Finalist and Honorable Mention designations. Those poems, along with the first three, will make up Quiet Diamonds, Orchard Street’s annual poetry journal. Last year, works by thirty-three poets were included in the journal about which noted poet and University of Akron professor Thomas Dukes wrote: “Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes showing how the ordinary is anything but, these poems have a lot worth saying and hearing. Quiet Diamonds is a terrific poetry collection, one that I shall keep for a long time.”

Also, from entrants to the Contest last year, the judges invited select poets to submit chapbooks to be considered for publication by Orchard Street. From those submissions, ten chapbooks were chosen to be published. We will be doing this again this year.

Details: Entries of up to four original, previously unpublished poems (typed, single-spaced, with no poem longer than two pages) along with the $12 entry fee (check payable Orchard Street Press) will be accepted up to the postmark deadline of April 20. Entries should be sent to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280; Gates Mills, Ohio 44040. Call us with questions at 330-264-7733.


2018 Orchard Street Press Poetry Contest Results

Prize Winners

First Place: $250 and The Malovrh-Fenlon Poetry Prize:
“October Burial” by Lew Forester from Arvada, Colorado

Second Place: $150
“Tsunami” by Ben Onachila from Brevard, North Carolina

Third Place: $100

“Intervals, Progressions” by Susan C. Waters from Hobbs, New Mexico


Megan Bohigian; Fresno, Ca.
Larsen Bowker; Blacksburg, Va.
Carolyn Dahl; Houston, Tx.
Elaine Frankonis; E. Longmeadow, Ma.
Suzanne Freeman; Ingram, Tx.
Bill Griffin; Elkin, N.C.
Lauren Hanisian; Cincinnati, Oh.
Peter C. Leverich; Manhasset, N.Y.
Frank Paino; Berea, Oh.
John E. Sweet; Endicott, N.Y.
Patrick Synan; Watertown, Ma.
Thomas A. West; Morrison, Co.

Honorable Mention

Stephanie A. Baird; Granby, Ma.
Megan Bohigian; Fresno, Ca.
Linda M. Fischer; Swarthmore, Pa.
Yvonne Chism-Peace; Philadelphia, Pa.
Lew Forester; Arvada, Co.
Elaine Frankonis; E. Longmeadow, Ma.
Suzanne Freeman; Ingram, Tx.
Mac Gay; Covington, Ga.
Lauren Hanisian; Cincinnati, Oh.
Lorraine Jeffery; Orem, Ut.
Sean Lause; Bluffton, Oh.
Steve Kuperschmid; West Chester, Pa.
Kiara Nicole Letcher; Omaha, Nb.
Peter C. Leverich; Manhasset, N.Y.
Ben Onachila; Brevard, N.C.
Marilyn McConnell; Brookhaven, Ga.
Douglas Smith; Chelsea, Mi.
Craig Bruce McVay; Columbus, Oh.
John E. Sweet; Endicott, N.Y.
Diana Pinckney; Charlotte, N.C.
Patrick Synan; Watertown, Ma.
Rhiannon Weber; New Orleans, La.
Thomas A. West; Morrison, Co.
Bob Wickless; Reidsville, N.C.
Pat Anthony, Fontana, Ks.
Charles Butterfield; Hinsdale, N.H.
Mary Hotlen; Rockford, Il.
Elon G. Eidenier; Hillsborough, N.C.
Justin Hyde; Des Moines, Ia.
Gilda Morina Syverson; Cornelius, N.C.
Susan C. Waters; Hobbs, N.M.


Poetry Chapbook Contest


The Orchard Street Press is pleased to announce the winners in the 2017 Poetry Chapbook Contest:


  • 1st Prize ($300 and 30 copies of the winning chapbook): Suzanne Freeman, Ingram Texas, The Sun’s Banquet Table
  • 2nd Prize ($200): Susan Waters, Hobbs, New Mexico, Heat Lightning
  • 3rd Prize ($100): Sean Lause, Bluffton, Ohio wakeful fathers and dreaming sons
  • Honorable Mention: James Scruton, McKenzie, Tennessee, Blind Season
  • Honorable Mention: Mary Hotlen, Rockford, Illinois, A Matter of Voice
  • Honorable Mention: Joyce S. Brown, Baltimore, Maryland, Vital Signs
  • Honorable Mention: Ben Ochila, Brevard, North Carolina, Homecoming
  • Honorable Mention: Lianne Spidel, Greenville, Ohio, One Dance for Old Time’s Sake


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