Luke 18:25
by Karsten Piper

by Barbara Crooker

Belated Elegy for Padre Kohlm
by Lorraine Healy

The Hedge
by Albert Haley
Our judge this year was also the contest sponsor and R&S consulting editor, Laurie Klein.

Read the winning poem and finalist entries in the Winter 2007 issue coming soon!

The 2007
Virginia Brendemuehl
Prize for Poetry

Virginia Merle Brendemuehl (1921-1999) dreamed of being a concert pianist in an era where girls—especially unmarried redheaded daughters of small town judges—were expected to teach, accompany the local soloist, or play organ in church. All of which she did, but with panache and a madcap zest for making music fun and culturally relevant. An ardent world traveler, patriot, and lifelong supporter of artists, she invested her passionate faith and talents in others, whether they be the children of foreign diplomats or heartland dairy farmers. She had perfect pitch. Loved bikinis and gaudy earrings. Eagerly anticipated familial pranks on her April Fool’s birthday. Mercurial, yet extravagantly generous, her persona may best be expressed by the family’s Yuletide slogan: “Yes, Santa, there really is a Virginia.” To the end of life, she doted on guava juice, prayer, flamboyant clothing, and her two nieces and nephew, who joyfully endow this contest in her name.


First Place: $1,000 plus publication in Rock & Sling

Finalists: Publication in Fall 2007 Rock & Sling

Contest Deadline: July 31, 2007 postmark

Entry fee is $10.00 for three poems. You may enter as many groups of three as you like. Payment (check or money order please) must accompany submission.

Name, address, and phone number must appear in the upper right hand corner of each poem.

Poems will be judged based on literary quality and in consideration of our vision statement. We encourage entrants to visit our website to gain a sense of the kinds of poems we seek.

Poems that have been previously published or have received monetary awards are not eligible. Though Rock & Sling generally accepts simultaneous submissions with notification, we request no simultaneous submissions for the contest.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

Winners will be notified by September 1, 2007 and will be posted on our website thereafter. For notification of receipt of your manuscript, include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Return envelopes will be discarded; all manuscripts will be recycled, not returned.

Rock & Sling is not responsible for late, lost, or misdirected manuscripts.
Submit poetry and check or money order (U.S. funds) to:
The Virginia Brendemuehl Contest
Rock & Sling
P. O. Box 30865
Spokane, WA 99223


Grand Prize Winner
by Dorothy North

The Very Important Guest
by Jacqueline Michaud

Credo of an American Astronomer
by Jared Belden

Next Exit
by Jared Belden

Judge: Robert Cording

Grand Prize Winner
Good Friday Kiss
by Michelle Bitting

Eve among
by Susan Roney-O’Brien

For Papa Lamar, On the Verge of Death
by Susanna Childress

by Michelle Bitting

This year’s judge was Peter Pereira. Peter divides his time between work as a family physician in Seattle and volunteering as an editor for Floating Bridge Press. He is winner of the 1997 “Discovery”/The Nation Award. His books include The Lost Twin (Grey Spider Press, 2000) and Saying the World (Copper Canyon, 2003) which won the Hayden Carruth Award and was finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, the Triangle Publishing Award, and the Pen USA Award in Poetry.