Announcing The Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards Contest! This year, we offered prizes in the categories of Urban and Rural Poetry. First Prize winners in each category received an award of $100. Second and third place in each category received $50 each.

The initial screening was done in committee by blind review. The nationally known poet, John Bradley, of Northern Illinois University, served as final judge.

Congratulations to the winners!


Urban Poetry

First Place: “My Locks Tangle in the Manhole Cover”

Rachel Sahaidachny, Indianapolis

Second Place: “Reflection in Blue”

Stephen R. Roberts, Westfield

Third Place: “Dr. Brummer in Sin City”

Terry Kirts, Indianapolis

Honorable Mentions:


Nancy Botkin, South Bend

“If I Was a Monopoly Game Piece”

Darla Crist, Terre Haute


David Dodd Lee, Osceola


Tony Brewer, Bloomington; Michael Derrick Hudson, Fort Wayne; Tracy Mishkin, Indianapolis


Rural Poetry

First Place: “Estrangement”

David Dodd Lee, Osceola

Second Place: “Aftermath”

Shari Wagner, Carmel

Third Place: “Paperweight”

Michael Derrick Hudson, Fort Wayne

Honorable Mentions:

“Groundhog’s Skeleton at the Fox Island Nature Preserve”

Michael Derrick Hudson, Fort Wayne

“Little Hemispheres”

Elizabeth Krajeck, Indianapolis

“Sonata in the Key of Nothing”

Vienna Wagner, Carmel


Carlee Tressel Alson, Rensselaer; Kyle Craig, Indianapolis; John D. Groppe, Rensselar; JL Kato, Beech Grove; Tracy Mishkin, Indianapolis; Stephen R Roberts, Westfield; Kirk Robinson, Munster

Winning poems will appear on The Wabash Watershed website as the July/August feature.

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