2014 Backwaters Prize goes to . . .

Our contest judge, Patricia Smith, has evaluated the manuscripts of the finalists and made her determination of the manuscript most worthy of the Backwaters Prize for 2014.

We received many worthy submissions for consideration, and we would like to first recognize some of the stand-out poets whose work caught our attention in the process of awarding the prize.

Semi Finalists

Talia Bloch, Leaving Home

Danielle Dubrasky, Drift Migration

Mary Flanagan, The Garden of Judgment

D. Gilson, Pause, Now Pause

Jennifer Givhan, Karaoke Night at the Asylum

Elizabeth Hoover, Belle Isle

Anna Leahy, Aperture

Michelle Mitchell-Foust, Buck Radius

Nicole Santalucia, Drunk

Billie Tadros, Was Body


Kim Garcia, The Brighter House

Angie Macri, Underwater Panther

The winner of the 2014 Backwaters Prize

(including a cash award of $1,000.00 and publication of the winning manuscript)

Katharine Whitcomb for her submission,  The Daughter’s Almanac

“With unflinching stanzas threaded through with grief’s relentless lyric, The Daughter’s Almanac is a masterwork, a deftly-crafted illustration of the myriad ways beauty collides with pain. Succinct and utterly memorable, these poems take hold of the heart and tug it toward an insistent light. We are washed alive in that light. We are changed by it.”

—Patricia Smith, 2014 Backwaters Prize Judge

The complete list of past winners.


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