We’re pleased to announce the following $10,000 Rattle Poetry Prize winner:
New Haven, CT
Barbara Lydecker Crane
“When You Are the Brownest White Girl”
Ventnor City, NJ
Rhina P. Espaillat
“I Like Her”
“Two Weeks with Pay”
“Pain Is Weakness Leaving the Body”
“The Beautiful Particulars”
These eleven poems will be published in the Winter issue of Rattle this December. Each of the Finalists are also eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by entrant and subscriber vote (the voting period is December 1, 2017 – February 15, 2018).
Another seven 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: Scott Beal, Megan Falley, Dave Harris, Nicole Homer, Nancy Kangas, Laura Read, and Daniel Tompkins.
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 4,184 entries and well over 15,000 poems, and it was an honor to read each of them.