2012 Rattle Poetry Prize Winners

Rattle is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Rattle Poetry Prize:

Heidi Shuler, photo by Miri Stebivka

“Trials of a Teenage Transvestite’s Single Mother”
Heidi Shuler
Portland, OR



“Jane’s Heartbreak Yard Sale”
Lytton Bell
Sacramento, CA

“Time Out”
John Brehm
Portland, OR

“My 1930 Model A Ford”
Norma Chapman
Brunswick, MD

“How Was Your Weekend?”
Kim Dower
Los Angeles, CA

Anna Evans
Hainesport, NJ

“The Robbery”
Catherine Freeling
Berkeley, CA

“Dear Proofreader”
David Hernandez
Long Beach, CA

“Patio Tomatoes”
Krista Lukas
Minden, NV

“For Those Who Never Know…”
Portland, OR

“The Return”
Kenny Williams
Richmond, VA

These eleven poems will be published in the Winter issue of Rattle this December. Each of the Finalists are also eligible for the $1,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by entrant and subscriber vote (the voting period is December 1, 2012 – February 15, 2013).

Another nine poems were selected for standard publication, and offered a space in the open section of a future issue. These poets will be notified individually about details, but they are: Patricia Callan, Sage Cohen, Deborah P. Kolodji, Alison Luterman, Julie Price Pinkerton, Diane Seuss, Lolita Stewart-White, Sarah Pemberton Strong, and Emma Torzs.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition, which would not have been a success without your diverse and inspiring poems. We received a record 1,855 entries and well over 6,500 poems, and it was an honor to read each of them.

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