V1's 1st Annual Poetry Contest Winners

First Place

Winter Birch
by Zack Gauck

Second Place
by Scott Steffens

Third Place
Small Change
by Sarah Lindow

Thanks to our judges and the more than 200 local poets who sent in submissions!

    Five judges independently read and blindly scored the 390 entries for this year’s contest. The first place winner receives free admittance to a non-fiction writing course through UW-Eau Claire’s Continuing Education office with John Hildebrand for fall of this year. Second place receives a $40 gift certificate to Bookends on Main, while third place receives a $20 gift certificate to The Book Cellar. Other top finalists are printed in this section.

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