Ned Balbo

Judged: Jan-Mar 2015

Ned Balbo

 Ned Balbo

Ned Balbo‘s The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Story Line Press) received the Donald Justice Prize and the Poets’ Prize. His previous books are Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize and ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal) and Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize co-winner). Co-winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, he has also received the Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Award and the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize. His poetry, prose, flash fictions, and translations appear in Able Muse, Burrow Press Review, Cimarron Review, Hopkins Review, Iowa Review, Measure, Pleiades, Sou’Wester, River Styx, and elsewhere. He currently teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing and Environment Program at Iowa State University.


  • 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