Welcome Friends and Writers!

We extend our Congratulations to Philip E. Burnham, Jr., of Cambridge, Massachusetts, winner of the Loft Prize for Poetry for his poem “New York Blizzard.”

Denise Duhamel, final judge, notes “that a poet could arrest the frenetic swish and angles of Frederick Childe Hassam’s “A New York Blizzard” is remarkable–that Philip E. Burnham, Jr. could do so in a sonnet is astonishing!  The poetic form is employed as deftly as Frederick Childe Hassam’s use of canvas.  The lampposts “frosted up like cakes” is not only accurate, but tactile.  The ending couplet does something all great couplets do and that is give the reader a new insight.  I will never look at the painting  “A New York Blizzard” the same way: “Perhaps the painter wanted us to see/ Our darker selves contained in blizzardry.”  Is blizzardry even a word?  I don’t care–I see white snow swirls around our sometimes black hearts.”

Mr. Burnham, Jr. was awarded  the $1000 prize and his poem was published in          Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poetry and Art.

Second Place: Sara D. Rivera for her poem “Winnowing.”

Third Place: Calvin Olsen for his poem “Cast.”

Photo below: Philip E. Burnham, Jr., and Sara D. Rivera

2013 Loft Prize for Poetry

Winners and finalists of the Loft Prize for Poetry were invited to read their poems in the Grand Hall of the Providence Public Library, Providence RI.   The Poetry and Art Gala in Providence honored Guest Poets from throughout New England as well as the finalists of the Loft Prize for Poetry!  Much appreciation to all the poets who bedazzled us with their words, and all those who attended the Loft Gala! We’d like to sincerely thank our generous sponsors and hard-working volunteers. Much gratitude goes to the many Rhode Island artists who displayed their original works of art, the library staff and photographers, as well as musicians Pamela Cumming and Roselie Samter!


Our most heartfelt thanks to Denise Duhamel, who served as the final Judge.


New England Poetry and Art Gala was held on June 6, 2013, at the historic Providence Public Library, 225 Washington Street entrance, Providence, RI.

Thank you for joining us as we celebrated and honored the contributors of Lay Bare the Canvas: New England Poetry & Art. Featuring readings by Guests Poets and Loft Poetry Prize finalists, plus buffet, refreshments, book signings, music and art exhibits! With Fred Marchant, Stephen Dobyns, Rick Benjamin, Wendy Mnookin, Alan Feldman, Alice B. Fogel, Richard Hoffman, Vivian Shipley, and others!


Sponsored by The Poetry Loft and the Providence Public Library


Thank you to all the contributors who submitted excellent work for the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry Competition. We received a large pool of strong applicants; certainly a difficult decision for our panel of preliminary judges.

                         Denise Duhamel, Judge, 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry

The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art is proud to announce that nationally acclaimed award-winning poet Denise Duhamel has selected the winner of the 2013 Loft Prize for Poetry. The winning poet receives $1000 and publication. All submissions are considered for publication.  The Loft Prizes celebrate both new and established writers of poetry.

NE Poetry & Art Gala Flyer A     We are honored to have such an esteemed Judge for the 3rd annual Loft Anthology contest. Denise is the author of eleven books, three chapbooks and three collaborative books in which she writes with great honesty, lyricism, and humor. Her collection Star Spangled Banner won the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize.  Her poetry has appeared in six volumes of the Best American Poetry annuals, including Best American Poetry 2010 and 2011.  A native of Rhode Island, she currently lives in Florida and teaches creative writing and literature at Florida International University.



The Loft Prize in Poetry: $1000 and publication

Finalists receive a copy of The Loft Anthology: New England Poetry and Art, and a reading at the Loft Awards Gala.

For Guidelines, visit the Submission page.


CLMP Contest Code of Ethics   **********************************************************

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believe that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.

Conflicts of Interest: Students, faculty, staff, or administrators currently affiliated with The Loft Anthology are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, anyone with affiliation with a judge is ineligible to enter.

Questions?  Please write us at info@thepoetryloft.org


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The Loft Anthology series features contemporary works by established and emerging poets living in, or natives of, New England. The Loft Anthology presents an intimate portrait of the rich state of poetry in our region, informed by the distinct voices and souls of New Englanders. We humbly seek to inspire and disseminate the best poetry of New England that comes across our desk.

The Loft Prize for Poetry is awarded to the best poem among the submissions, selected by a nationally renowned poet. Prize winner, runners-up, finalists and selected honorable mentions will receive publication. We seek high quality works that inspire, intrique and surprise, and consider all forms and styles of writing.  For more information, please visit the Submissions page.

The Loft Anthology is presented by The Poetry Loft, a non-profit literary arts organization offering free poetry workshops in Rhode Island.  The Loft is made possible by the generous donations of our sponsors, including the Providence Public Library, and our volunteer, published poets. Thank you very much for supporting the work we do to foster literary appreciation and education, as well as showcase and inspire quality new works in our region.

Your donations are greatly appreciated! 100% of your donation will go toward the support of The Loft literary events and publication. Thank you!

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