Poets of the Decade

We are excited to honor the following ten poets, 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 poet is the sum of all the monthly competitions, plus the poem of the year and the poem of the decade competitions.

1. Laurie Byro (224 points)
2. Laurel K. Dodge (116)
3. Sarah J. Sloat (112)
4. Jim Zola (109)
5. Bernard Henrie (99)
6. Brenda Levy Tate (97)
7. Catherine Rogers (86)
8. Christopher T. George (80)
9. Jude Goodwin (75)
10. TE Ballard (73)

The following is a list of all the individual poems for each poet in the list. Congratulations to these top ten, as well as all the other poets who have participated in the competition over the years.

Laurie Byro

Laurel K. Dodge

Sarah J. Sloat

Jim Zola

Bernard Henrie

Brenda Levy Tate

Catherine Rogers

  • 2nd Place for Poets.org, September 2005; then HM for 2005-06 Poem of the Year: Crone
  • 3rd Place for Poets.org, November 2005: Before the Storm
  • 2nd Place for Poets.org, March 2006; then 1st Place in 2005-06 Poem of the Year: Over Talmadge Bridge
  • 1st Place for Poets.org, August 2006; then 1st Place for 2006-07 Poem of the Year, then Special Mention for Poem of the Decade: Dirt
  • HM for Poets.org, June 2008: Spirit Catcher
  • HM for Poets.org, October 2008: Talk Like a Pirate Day

Christopher T. George

Jude Goodwin

  • 3rd Place for South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, May 2005: Remission
  • 3rd Place for South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, July 2005: Murderers
  • 1st Place for South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, September 2005: The Chewer
  • HM for South Carolina Writer’s Workshop, April 2006: At the Art Gallery, A Woman
  • 3rd Place for The Writers Block, February 2007: The crying girl
  • 1st Place for The Waters Poetry Workshop, January 2010; then 2nd Place for 2009-10 Poem of the Year: Eureka Springs
  • 1st Place for The Waters Poetry Workshop, February 2010: What

TE Ballard

Top Ten Poetry Boards of the Decade


  • October 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      The Day of a Girl
      by John Riley
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Night Thoughts of a Mottled Songbird
      by Kenny A. Chaffin
      Wild Poetry Forum

      Third Place

      The Art of Not Being Descartes
      by Guy Kettelhack
      Wild Poetry Forum

  • September 2017 Winners

    • First Place

      Rodent Ulcer
      by Jude Goodwin
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Wild Beasts
      by Bernard Henrie
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      The Two Windows of My Room
      by Sivakami Velliangiri
      The Waters

      Honorable Mention

      Giving Thanks
      by Jim Doss
      Wild Poetry Forum