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2021 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape
1st
2nd
3rd
Emory D. Jones
Marlene Hitt
David Anderson
Sanctuary
Summer of Fire
The Coming Snow
February
Love
1st
2nd
3rd
Claire J. Baker
No Placing Poem
No Placing Poem 
Speculation
No Placing Poem
No Placing Poem
March
Open, Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Julia Park Tracey
No Placing Poem
No Placing Poem
Just One Thing
No Placing Poem
No Placing Poem
April
Mythology, Dreams, Other Universes
1st
2nd
3rd
Jerry Douglas Smith
Teresa Bullock
Ruth Berman
Aboriginal Americans
Plein Air, Oxford
Praxilla's Folly
May
Personification, Characters, Portraits
1st
2nd
3rd
Louise Kantro
Elaine Westheimer
Elizabeth Kuelbs
Is That a Bird?
Mending Its Own Business
The House Knows
June
The Supernatural
1st
2nd
3rd
Gail White
No Placing Poem
No Placing Poem
The Ghost in the Restaurant
No Placing Poem
No Placing Poem
July
Childhood, Memoirs
1st
2nd
3rd
Corey Weinstein
Keala Rusher
Chryss Yost
Mezzrow's Mistake
On Butterflies
Canid
August
Places, Poems of Location
1st
2nd
3rd
September
Colors, Music, Dance
1st
2nd
3rd
October
Humor, Satire
1st
2nd
3rd
November
Family, Friendship, Relationships
1st
2nd
3rd
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd

2020 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
 
3rd
Jane Stuart
Jane Stuart
  
David Anderson
When All Was Mystery
Early on a Winter
  Morning
The Apple Spy
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Pamela Shea
Jane Stuart 
Rosebuds and Lovers
Dancing into Love Again
No Placing Poem
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Dorothy Skiles
  
  
The Coyote's Howl
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem 
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
  
  
  
No Placing Poems
 
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Marlene Hitt
Enlightenment
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Joyce Futa
Kumquat Marmalade
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
Jackie Chou
Cerulean
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
 
2nd
3rd
Joan Gerstein
Self Portrait as Clark
  Gable One Liner
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Louise Moises
Empty Chairs
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
No Placing Poems
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Charlene Langfur
Meandering
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
Ambika Talwar
Losses into Treasures
No Placing Poem 
No Placing Poem

2019 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
  
  
No Placing Poems
  
  
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
 
 
No Placing Poems
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Greg Gregory
Jane Stuart
Amanullah Khan
Mojave
 
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
David Anderson
Jerry Douglas Smith
Lillian M. Fisher
Returning to Ruins
 
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
Katharyn Howd Machan
Lillian M. Fisher
Italian Mysteries
 
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Hanh Chau
Von S. Bourland
Jane Stuart
Refugee
Renewal of Hope
A Cold Morning in May
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
Tanya Russell Whitney
Von S. Bourland
Anselmo Menashe
Pages of Life
A Child's Discovery
Senryu
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Von S. Bourland
Picturesque Moment
After the Storm
Two-Year-Old Bronco
  Buster
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Nick Sweet
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Jerry Douglas Smith
Victory Dance
Perseverance
Alifar
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
Von S. Bourland
Louis Aboulafia
War Memorial
Calm after the Storms  
The Poet Elopes With
  the Philosopher's
  Daughter
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
  
Jane Stuart
David Anderson
October's Wind Brings
  War
When All Was Mystery
The Moving Spray Rig
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
Nick Sweet
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Jerry Douglas Smith
Windstruck
A Marriage of Poets
When Cezanne Painted
  Mont Sainte Victoire

 

 

2018 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
Jerry Douglas Smith
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
David Anderson
Lost Valley
California Blandscape
Plum Tree in Bloom
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Danny Bazil Riley
Von S. Bourland
Lillian M. Fisher
My Love For You
CA Self-Styled Wall of Grief
A Memory
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
David Anderson
Jane Stuart
Seamstress
The Last Songs of St. Kilda
Summer Ends With Butterflies
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
Lillian M. Fisher
Josephine Chou
Watermelon Mountain
Her House
Imposter
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
Nick Sweet
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Green-Gowned Goddess
Places in Five
Passion
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
Casey Derengowski
Ed McManis
Time's Sweetest Gift
Dust on the Bugle
Stealing Home
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Von S. Bourland
Rudy Paolino
Beyond Book Learning
Gathering of the Clan
The Old Oak Tree
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
Gary Enos
Barbara Blanks
Patricia Hukill
A Golfer's Eulogy
Heads Up
At Seventy-Five 
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Von S. Bourland
Amanullah Khan
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Measuring Device
Benny Went to Sleep
Any Day Now
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
Gary Enos
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Barbara Blanks 
Serf and King
Memorial Day 2018
Battle of Verdun
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Lillian M. Fisher
Jane Stuart
Katharyn Howd Machan 
Emma's Garden
Return to Country
Eyes Downcast
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
William Hagen
Von S. Bourland
Ron Lauderbach
Swing Dance
Cutting Zoo
Mom's Tacos

2017 CSPS Monthly Contest Winners 

Month Topics Place Poet Poem
January
Nature, Seasons, Landscape, Ecology
1st
2nd
3rd
Meryl Natchez
Von. S. Bourland
David Anderson
Apology to Trees
Fed by Folioage
The Coming Snow
February
Romance, Love, Emotions
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Jane Stuart
Road Songs
Looking In
Remembering Love
March
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Sally Clark
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Mary Jo Lofiego West
One Screw Loose
Beginnings
Tule Fog
April
Travel, History, Mythology, Other Cultures
1st
2nd
3rd
Barbara Blanks
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Jane Stuart
The trail where they cried
Monument
Tantalizing Maze
May
Portraits, Persons, Characters
Portraits of animals, objects, places
with character.
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Gragg Lewis
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Barbara Blanks
Mariner 1
Grown Up
Silence of the Sham
June
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Mary Jo Lofiego West
David Anderson
The Others
Interlude
Another Villanelle
July
Childhood, Memoir, Lessons of the Past
1st
2nd
3rd
Jane Stuart
Kathy Lundy Derengowski
Katharyn Howd Machan
Libellus
Child of Mine
Rats
August
Humor, Satire, Joy of Life
1st
2nd
3rd
George E. Samerjan
Rudy Paolino
Barbara Blanks
More of Me
Ice Cream Dreams
Ah-So
September
Free Subject
1st
2nd
3rd
Janet Lombard
Rudy Paolino
Claire Scott
Cold Storage
Stuff and Things
Home Made Gods
October
War & Peace, Activism & Politics
1st
2nd
3rd
Amie Ilva Tatem
Jane G. Lewis
Nick Sweet
GOOD TERMS
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Decent/Descent
November
Family, Friendship, Human Condition
1st
2nd
3rd
Lillian M. Fisher
Mary Jo Lofiego West
Barbara Blanks
The Call
Best Friend
In the Hamlet of Yuriage 
December
Best of Your Best
Winning or published poem only. Indicate
complete name of contest or publication
and the issue/date of the publication/
award.
1st
2nd
3rd
Von. S. Bourland
Gregor K. Gregory
Michael Fraley 
A Tree Grew in Managua, Nicaragua
Wetlands
The Spring of My Elation 

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