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 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      To Lisa
      by Fred Longworth
      PenShells

      Second Place

      The Vestal Lady of Venice
      by Laurie Byro
      Desert Moon Review

      Third Place

      Tibet
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Elegy for Michael
      by John J. Williamson
      PenShells

      Honorable Mention

      Aja Monet Reads at the Washington Women’s March
      by RC James
      Babilu

  • January 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Analemma
      by Brenda Levy Tate
      PenShells

      Second Place

      Sparrow
      by Laurie Byro
      Desert Moon Review

      Third Place

      ALS
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      The Outside of Enough
      by Ray
      Wild Poetry Forum