2016 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize Winners and Finalists


We’re thrilled to announce the following poems and poets as winners and finalists in our

2016 Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize:

First Prize

wins $500 cash prize, publication in TTR 3.1, and major bragging rights

Flying home after the protest

by Partridge Boswell

Second Prize

wins $100 cash prize, publication in TTR 3.1, and major bragging rights


by John Sibley Williams


Honorable Mention

wins $50 cash prize, publication in TTR 3.1, and major bragging rights

The Grind

by Melissa King Rogers


receive publication in TTR 3.1 and bragging rights

Yearnings by Valerie Bacharach

It’s Not Like the Movies by Alysse Kathleen McCanna

If My Body Were a Country Meadow Edged by a Shadowed Wood by Karla Van Vliet

Postcard to My Younger Self Beneath the Apple Tree by Kim Noriega

Poets without Watches by V. Hansmann

Riding with Anne Sexton by Jen Rouse

RX for the Blues by Adrian S. Potter

A Stockyard Liturgy by D.G. Geis

Fannie by Marri Champié

Peripeteia by Stephen Linsteadt

Calling off the Wedding by Samuel Piccone

All of these poems, and so much more, can be found in the January 2017 issue of The Tishman Review, which is available to read online.

Ebook version and print version available for purchase as well.

Winners of the October Issue Readers’ Favorite Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our October Issue Readers’ Favorite. An astonishing number of votes came in despite the fact that our poll malfunctioned and we had to create a new one. We did tally all votes from both polls together (minus any repeats from same email address). Winners receive cash prizes.


Lisette Alonso for “What Your Car Says About You, 1992”

Prose Under 1,000 Words ~

Jesse Sensibar for “One More Reason Not to Sleep with People You Don’t Know Very Well”

Short Story ~

Linda Lenhoff for “Your Call Is Important”

Interior Art ~

Bob McNeil for “Angel”

Poem ~

Jennifer Martelli for “Aphrodisiums”

TTR 1.3 Readers’ Favorites Mini-Contest Winners!

Congratulations to the following winners of the Readers’ Favorites Mini-Contest for Volume One, Issue 3:

Poem ~  Aaron Graham for “PTSD Poem #12”

Creative Nonfiction ~ Gloria Garfunkel “Allergies”

Prose Under 1K ~ Tamas Dobozy “Regional Variations of Redneck”

Short Story ~ Amanda Pauley “What’s Upstairs”

Interior Art ~ Karen Boissonneault-Gauthier “Woman of Ice”

Thank you to each one of you who participated in our mini-contest! 6a00e55104c12388340133f29fff0c970b-800wi



TTR 1.3 Staff Favorites Mini-Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following contributors for winning the TTR 1.3 Staff Favorites Mini-Contest! contest winners

Lauren Davis for her poem “First Time Using the Sun”

Gloria Garfunkel for her creative nonfiction “Allergies”

Tamas Dobozy for his prose under 1K “Regional Variations of Redneck”

Amanda Pauley for her short story “What’s Upstairs”

Tammy Ruggles for her photograph “Tree Over Farmhouse”

Thank you to all our contributors for being a part of Volume One, Issue 3.

Each winner will receive a cash prize.


The Tishman Review’s Poetry Contest Announcement

Edna St. Vincent Millay
Edna St. Vincent Millay

We’re very excited to announce that the Emerging Voices Poetry Contest will now be The Tishman Review Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize!

I was a lucky child, with parents that were both college-educated and who shared a love for literature with each other and with us kids – I have seven siblings – and many of my childhood memories include my father’s idea of poetry recitation: spontaneous bursts of song with lyrics often “reworked” to fit the current situation, and even the random lines from Shakespeare appearing at the supper table or at homework time. My mother was the quieter of the pair, but she too would make references to poems, as well as music, and favorite novels.  Before I headed back to school at age forty, my mother bequeathed me a tattered copy of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poems, a small book that had spent many years becoming dog-eared in my mother’s company. Along with The Collected Stories of O-Henry, it is one of my most prized possessions.

This is one of the many reasons why I am so excited to be able to announce that our Emerging Voices Poetry Contest has received permission to now be The Tishman Review’s Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize.

If you have not yet expanded your poetry palate to include the lines of Millay, then I urge you to do so. For me, Millay’s poetry is all about the feminine, the youthful, liberation, revolt, and all the while being both sensitive and suggestive. Her poetry is filled with  bittersweet love, sorrow, the inevitability of change, resignation, death, and ever-abiding nature.  But she also is about passion, and following passion in our art.

I’d like to think that Barrett Warner and Edna St. Vincent Millay would be fast friends if they could share the same space-time continuum.  Warner, as final judge for this contest, asks for “… surprises, but not ones which are completely unexpected. And to fall in love, especially the falling part. I want everything to move … the gun, the bullet, the target. I want locomotives that make more than one or two stops on the route. I want endings that spiral toward infinity. I want an elastic lyric and metaphor and some narrative thread to lessen the workload of the images.”

Can you imagine a more perfect pair?

My Best,

Maura Snell

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