2014 Utne Poetry Contest

Not knowing what to expect when we put the call out for submissions to the 2014 Utne Poetry Contest, we were pleasantly surprised to receive more than 50 entries. Styles and length were all over the board and included haiku, sonnets, lyric poems, and homemade nursery rhymes. Topics covered included love, loss, and nature.

In all, the high quality of the submissions made the selection process a difficult one, but it helped to remember the intent of this contest; it was never to decide who among Utne readers is the best poet, but rather to give everyone who’s ever engaged in the “act of looking” an opportunity to share their observations. With that in mind, we present our favorite observations.

Readers were invited to vote for the their favorite poem and the poem with the most votes earned the author a selection of poetry chapbooks and the opportunity to share more of their work in the April 2015 issue of Utne Digital. Voting was closed on Jan. 31 and the reader's selected Ellen Santistevan's Untitled as their favorite poem, which you can read below along with the other finalists. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted a poem and to everyone who voted for their favorite!