2013 Contest Winners: (2014 winners will be announced the week of Nov 9, 2014)
First Place - Jeffrey Schneider for
"Dick and Jane Meet Again"
Second Place - Shayne Laughter for "The
Third Place - Miriam Karmel for "Chopsticks"
First Place - Stephanie Barbe Hammer for
First Place - Gina Warren for "A Sparrow"
Second Place - Samantha Claire Updegrave for
Third Place - Kelly Hayes-Raitt for
"Breaking the Silence: Palestine 2007"
Place - Carolyne Wright for "Sestina: into Shadow"
Second Place - Karen Majorwicz for "(Sens of Plas)"
Third Place - Jed Myers for "Life Story"
About the 2014 Bacopa Editorial Team
was born in the land of Elvis in the time of Sputnik to people with a
decent sense of appreciation for the arts. After a long separation from
the creative life—working in the social services industry—that old
romance bloomed anew. Now, a writer and all-around artsy type also
working the other side of the desk in his second turn as a Bacopa
Sherrard is the author of Mother, Warrior,
Pilgrim, a book of essays and poetry about feminist inspired
motherhood. Winner of the Hippodrome State Theatre’s 2006 Florida
Senior Playwright Festival for her play, "You Poor Thing," and the 2009
Tallahassee Writers Association Stagelight competition for her short
play, "Bedtime." Recent publications include essays in Senior
Times and poetry in Penumbra.
Comtois has thirty years' experience in the international
publishing field. She has published essays and papers in magazines,
journals, and on the Internet. She writes poetry and nonfiction and is
currently working on her memoir.
grew up in Wisconsin. Upon graduating from Lawrence College with
a BA in English, she took a teaching job in Anchorage, Alaska. After
spending 20 years in the far north, including five in the Arctic, she
accepted a technical editing job in Washington, DC. She had the good
sense to migrate to Florida in 1993. Upon her retirement in 2001, she
began work on her memoir and her novel Come Good Home ...
now in its ninth
Turner recently retired from the University of Florida
faculty where he taught American studies and history. His academic
publications include articles on early American theology, music and
jurisprudence. When he was twelve, his first published poem appeared in
The Smokey Valley Historical Society Newsletter.
No copy survives, but he traces his interests in words and the cadence
of language to that period of his life. More recently, his poems have
appeared in Harpur Palate, Hemlock,
Main Street Rag, Prairie
Writers, Poetalk and other print and