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The 2021 Poetry Contest Winner

Congratulations to Steven Hollies, whose poem, "Body/language," won the 2021 Enoch Pratt Free Library Poetry Contest. This contest was judged by Little Patuxent Review.

Steven Hollies, the 2021 Poetry Contest winner

Steven Hollies, the 2021 Poetry Contest winner

Little Patuxent Review literary magazine - detail of the summer 2020 issue

Little Patuxent Review: Exploring Literature and the Arts

Read the winning poem & previous winners (PDF)

Steven Hollies is a Rockville native living mostly inside his head, a 2019 graduate of Howard Community College, and a drop-out from many other times and places. He enjoys playing volleyball, guitar, hooky, jokes, games, with words, around, along, it cool, hard to get, with fire, and the fool.

Runners-up were Virginia Crawford, for "Death by Zoom," and Rosemary Hutzler, for “Walking with My Daughter, Age 4.”

The poems by all three finalists will be published in Little Patuxent Review’s summer 2021 issue and celebrated in July at a public Library event. The winning poem may also be turned into a collectible broadside. For more information, please email

There were 177 poems submitted to the 2021 Poetry Contest, representing 62 cities and towns and 18 jurisdictions (17 counties plus Baltimore City) in Maryland.

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2021 Poetry Contest!

Check out our upcoming poetry events for adults:
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