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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.”

Learn more about Little Patuxent Review’s summer 2021 issue, where the poems by all three finalists were published.

Watch a live recording of the virtual event "Celebrating the 2021 Poetry Contest Finalists with Little Patuxent Review", where Steven Hollies, Virginia Crawford, Rosemary Hutzler, LPR editor Chelesa Lemon Fetzer, and LPR contributor .chisaraokwu. read.

View a collectible broadside of “Body/language” by Steven Hollies.

Read an interview with Steven Hollies on Little Patuxent Review's blog.

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!

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