Congratulations to the winners of the
WCPA Annual Poetry Contest:
The Frank O'Hara Prize!

First Place - Richard Fox
Skating on the Edge of Flesh

Second Place - Jeff Walt
Each Morning I Rise Like a Sleepwalker
and Rot a Little More

Third Place - Jennifer Freed
On Their Anniversary She Whispers His Name

Honorable Mention - Marsha Kunin
In the Garden of the Blind Barbarian

Join us on Sunday, September 24 for the
Winners' Reading where you'll hear from
the winners and the contest judge, Lori Desrosiers.

The reading will run from 3 to 5 pm and will take place at the First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St, Worcester

Worcester County Poetry Association
Established 1971
The WCPA Annual Poetry Contest:  The Frank O'Hara Prize
Worcester County Poetry Association / PO Box 804, Worcester, MA 01613 / 508-797-4770 /

  • First Place: $100 – Second Place: $50 – Third Place: $25
  • Winning poem will be published in The Worcester Review, after which all rights revert to the poet.
  • Winners' Reading & Award Reception to be held September 2017.
  • Submissions will not be returned.  Entrants who wish to be notified of contest results must enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope with their entry.
  • The WCPA Poetry Contest does not pre-select poems: all entries are seen by the contest judge.


Download the contest flyer
Thanks to Gary Hoare for the flyer design.

2017 Contest Judge
Lori Desrosiers

2017 Contest Chairs
Robert Steele and Bob Gill
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