2020 Poetry Contest Winner Announced

The Manzanita Writers’ Series announces the winner of the 2020 Poetry Contest

Part-time Manzanita resident, Connie Soper, won the poetry contest held by the Manzanita Writers’ Series and the Hoffman Center for the Arts.  Soper will receive a $100 cash prize for her poem “Digging for France.”

“The charm of this poem is the way a black & white photograph comes to life, awakening all the senses, as it does for the readers, reminding them of their own cherished photos,” said Lana Ayers, the judge for the contest.  “A sweet memory filled with wonder and language delicious as chocolat on the tongue,” she added.  Lana is a poet herself and the publisher of the Concrete Wolf chapbook series and MoonPath Press.

In addition to the winning poet, Lana recognized three poems as honorable mentions—”a strong group of entries that made judging eminently pleasurable and selection terribly difficult.” The contest attracted 38 poets with connections to the Oregon coast, who submitted over 100 poems.

  • “Nice Lady Walking on the Beach,” Kyle Bates
  • “Stilled,” Kelly Sievers
  • “Transmogrification,” Karen Keltz

The next submission period for the Poetry Contest will be January, 2021.