Founders’ Prize and Past Winners

Our Founders’ Contest runs September 1 - October 31

  • The winner will receive $500.00, publication in the next issue, will be featured on our website, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
  • Two runners up will receive $50.00, publication in the next issue, and will be featured on our website. We occasionally nominate a runner-up for a Pushcart Prize.
  • All contest submissions are considered for publication.
  • All contest submissions are considered for the Editors’ Prize.

Guidelines

Submissions must be submitted online or postmarked between September 1 – October 31.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS (preferred)

  1. Pay your $10 entry fee from the online submission page (PayPal or a credit or debit card).  After you pay, you’ll be redirected to submit your work.
  2. Upload 3-5 pages of poems in one file, in.doc or .docx, or .PDF format
  3. Cover letter in the “Comments” field – to “Founders’ Contest” listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems, and how you learned of the contest.
  4. Click here for Founders’ Prize Contest online submissions or to check the status of your submission.
  5. For additional submission guidelines an FAQs, visit our general submissions page.

SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL (discouraged)

  • Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total) between September 1 and October 31. No identifying information should appear on the poems.
  • Submissions must include a cover letter to “Founders’ Contest” listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number and titles of your poems, and how you learned of the contest.
  • Enclose a $10 entry fee (check or money order payable to RHINO or Rhino Poetry – no cash)
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Include a SASE for notification of results.

Mail your submission and entry fee to:

Founders’ Contest
RHINO Poetry
P.O. Box 591
Evanston, IL 60204

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2016 Founders’ Prize Winner

Greg GrummerThe Great Butterfly Collapse

Runners-Up

In addition to the above winners, we selected the following for publication in the 2016 issue:

Jose Araguz, “Scripture: Meadowlark” and “Scripture: Hour”
Joann Balingit, “Limón Homage”
Teresa Dzieglewicz, “Stranger, Thank You for Giving Me This Body”
Ann Hudson, “Having It Out with Walt Whitman at ACE Hardware”
Sarah Kim, “Reflection”
Fergus McAlister, “Haven”
Pablo Otavalo ,”El Morro”
Maggie Rowe, “Like a Solemn Friend Inebriate with Rain”
Lee Sharkey “Tashlich” and “Old World”
Marilyn Taylor, “Ice”

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2015 Founders’ Prize Contest Winner

 
Runners-Up:
 
Joe Eldridge, “He Looks at Clouds” 
Deborah Paredez, “Lightening
Keith Wilson, “yellow journalism” 

In addition to the above winners, we selected the following for publication in 2015:

Kevin Carollo  “Homework Assignment”

Nina Corwin  “Sal(i)vation”

Heather Cox  “Relics”

Agnes Davis  “Strike Gently”

Don Judson  (Untitled—from a series of poems dearmother)

Brianna Low  “Communion”

Marco Maisto  “Object Permanence”

Timothy Martin  “O Fortunate One”

R. C. Neighbors “Black Boys”

 Elizabeth O’Connell-Thompson  “Cooking Lessons”

 Marcia Pradzinski  Cento: “All That Moves You Through This World”

 Sam Sax  “essay on crying in public”

Paul Tran “[He picked me up.]”

Arne Weingart “Giacometti Nail”

Monika Zobel “Wind (Blackbox)”

2014 Founders’ Prize Contest Winner

2013 Founders’ Prize Contest Winner
Penelope Scambly Schott – Shadow Play for my Mother in Six Scenes

Runners-up
Jeffery Allen-- Johnny

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In addition, we selected contest poems by these Finalists for publication in the 2013 issue of RHINO:
Claudia Cortese
M.S. Pfaff
Albert DeGenova
Sara Talpos
B.L. Gentry
Sophie Klahr
Katie Hartsock
Jeanne Wagner
Don Judson

2012 Founders’ Prize Contest Winner
Emari DeGiorgio
• 1434 Dead - poem (PDF)

Runners-Up
First Runner-up: Mary Clara White
•  Garden Song at a Cremation - poem (PDF)
Second Runner-up: Holly Amos • full of magic words - poem (PDF)

2011 Founders’ Prize Contest Winner
Abby PaigeThe Undefended Border – poem (PDF)

Runners-Up
Kirsten Rian “It’s better to know in advance that we are going to fail.” (from 101 Experiments in the Philosophy of Everyday Life) - poem (PDF)
Steven Schroedersouls falling (for Katia Mitova)poem (PDF)

2010 Founders’ Prize Contest Winner
y madrone
Pocketed – poem(PDF)

Runners-Up
Amanda Auchter
Tether – poem(PDF)
Andy Trebing Dear Ellie 

2009 Founders’ Prize Winner

Penelope Scambly Schott • In which I am the Skeleton Girl 

Runners Up

Bethany Schultz Hurst  • Elegy for Beauty School and Fallen Satellites – poem (PDF)

Marissa Bell Toffoli • Lacework – poem(PDF)