The 2019 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Longlist

Thank you to all of our 2019 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest entrants. Your poetry sparked powerful discussion and profound deliberation. Your work was a privilege and a treat to read, and provided us with some of the toughest competition we’ve seen yet. After careful deliberation, we are proud to announce this year’s longlisted poets and their extraordinary poems.

2019 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest Longlist​

♦   “Comrade Birds” by Frances Boyle

♦   “Bumpers” and “Perennial” by Conyer Clayton

♦   “After the Wake” by Beth Downey

♦   “Landscape With the Fall of Icarus” by Cornelia Hoogland

♦   “New Year’s Day” by Heather Kelly

♦   “The Proposal” and “Takatsubo Cardiomyopathy” by Laurie Koensgen

♦   “Ronald’s Driving” by Cory Lavender

♦   “Proposal” by Colette Maitland

♦   “Breach” by Callista Markotich

♦   “Prologue to a Bliss State” by Lisa Martin

♦   “After a long separation” by Maryann Martin

♦   “Shikata ga nai” by Lorin Jane Medley

♦   “The Day I Was Told My Son Had an Intellectual Disability” by Shane Neilson

♦   “The Kindness of Port Angeles” by Deb O’Rourke

♦   “In Winter” by Eleanor Sudak

♦   “Transmission Tower”; “The Commons”; and “Most Days You Still Remember” by Rob Taylor

♦   “On the Publication of My Second Novel” by Sarah Tolmie

♦   “First Knock Down” by Sarah Yi Mei Tsiang

♦   “Letter to Whiskey” by Susan Vernon

♦   “Wrack Zone” by Elana Wolff

♦   “Tender Is the Night” by Terence Young

Stay tuned…

We will announce the contest finalists on
Monday, August 26, 2019!