The following is a list of past winners of the Simmerman Prize:

 

2011 Winners

(Judge: Jerry Gabriel)

  • First Place: “What They Said, a villanelle” by Gretchen Ayub
  • Second Place: “Professor Canine” by Aidan Quinlan
  • Third Place: “White Keys” by Rachael Prickett
  • Honorable Mentions in no particular order go to the following poets: Traci Ayub(Puddles, a sestina), R.J. Carter (We Sometimes Manage to Step on Boulders), Paulina Jenney (It’s Strip Poker on Sunday), Haikayra Nelson (Sakura Tsumami Kanzashi- Cherry Blossom Folded Fabric Hair Ornament), Connor Phillips (Vertigo), Scott Shafer (Lighting a cigarette)

2010 Winners

(Judge: Jean Rukkula)

  • First Place: “Platform 19” by Rachael Prickett
  • Second Place: “Morning In La Casa Bautista” by Tara Taylor
  • Third Place: “Original poetry thing poem Narrative poem Reporting Upon What Never Happened” by Howard Riley IV
  • Honorable Mentions in no particular order go to the following poets: Maddison Savage (Tingle), Shannon Carscallen (In Two Hours), Randall Whitehead (Mortality), Scott Hancock (The Bird and The Worm), Jeffrey Keene Short (The Oboe and the Flute), Amelia Blake (Imagery: Woman)

2009 Winners

(Judge: Mark Gibbons)

  • First Place: “The Dream Man” by Kalynn Gunderson
  • Second Place: “Memories Not Worth Remembering” by Rosa Ramirez
  • Third Place: “Who Am I?” by Chris Whitlock
  • Honorable Mentions in no particular order go to the following poets: Olivia Smith (No Longer); Mariah Williams (Speak, Then Listen); Briana Olivia Valdez (One Voice); Anthony Bowen (A Bright Shadow); and Jeff Short (Ode to an Autopsy)