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


  • March 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      What if the Wages of Dying is Love
      by Jim Zola
      The Waters

      Second Place

      The Heart is not earthbound
      by Michael Virga
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Ode to My Ears
      by Bob Bradshaw
      The Writer's Block

  • February 2021 Winners

    • First Place

      Other People’s Cats
      by Mike LaForge
      The Waters

      Second Place

      Hollyhocks
      by Billy Howell-Sinnard
      The Writer's Block

      Third Place

      Hobo Stones
      by Laurie Byro
      Babilu