Thank You

Dear Poets,

Team Oprelle is delighted to announce the 2021 Winners of our Poetry Masters Contest. This year, we received particularly intricate poetry from across the world, and were mesmerized by the depth and scale of talent. Our team and final judge, Gerry Lafemina, had a challenging job choosing just a few top poems!

We want to thank each poet that submitted, and to tell you that we saw future literary stars sprinkled heavily throughout the entries. We loved reading your very special poems and encourage you to keep writing with soul.

Without further ado….
A huge Congratulations to our 2021 Poetry “Masters” Winners:

View Winning Poems


- 1st –

"An American Haibun"
- Ellaraine Lockie

- 2nd –

"She kept a picture of her grandmother on the mantle she never cleaned"
- Kate Furlong

- 3rd

“Glory to All Fleeting Things”
- S. Erin Batiste


- 4th

“eel boy”
- Dean Gessie


- 5th

“the wine ring on the tabletop”
- Cathy Miller


- Honorable Mention

“Dragonflies after the Flood”
- Joan Leotta


- Honorable Mention

- Lina Buividavičiūtė