Boards of the Decade

We are excited to honor the following ten poetry boards, who have amassed the most total award “points” in the IBPC competitions over the last decade. Points were determined by adding 12 points for each winner, 9 points for each 2nd place, 8 points for each 3rd place, and 6 points for each HM, or Special Mention. The grand total for each board is the sum of all the monthly competitions, plus the poem of the year and the poem of the decade competitions.

1. The Writers Block (686)
2. Wild Poetry Forum (502)
3. Desert Moon Review (474)
4. Poets.org (416)
5. Melic Roundtable (398)
6. About Poetry Forum (341)
7. criticalpoet.org (329)
8. Blueline Poetry (312)
9. MiPo (222)
10. PenShells (208)

Top Ten Poets of the Decade


  • February 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      Nebraska, Summer
      by Greta Bolger
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Goldback Fern
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Negotiatin’ Wi Demons (For wee Rabbie Burns)
      by John J. Williamson
      PenShells

  • January 2018 Winners

    • First Place

      You Arrive Like Fall, Suddenly
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

      Second Place

      Waiting for the Second Coming
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      Homeless
      by J.J. Williamson
      Babilu

      Honorable Mention

      When I Go Out and Then Come Back
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum