White Mice Poetry Contest

White Mice Poetry Contest

The 2019 White Mice Poetry Contest

“No, you should have picked one from a poem
Being written softly with a brush–
The breathless ideogram for love we writers hunt.”
—Lawrence Durrell, “A Bowl of Roses”

The 2019 White Mice Poetry Contest is now open!  The International Lawrence Durrell Society welcomes submissions of 1-3 poems on the theme of “The Heavens.”  The theme may be addressed literally or figuratively. There is NO ENTRY FEE.

Winners of the 2019 contest will receive the following rewards:

A) A one-year membership to the International Lawrence Durrell Society;
B) Free conference registration and an invitation to read at a special poetry event to be held at Cave Poésie in Toulouse, France in late May 2020;
C) Publication on the International Lawrence Durrell Society website (www.lawrencedurrell.org); and
D) Publication in the ILDS print publication, Deus Loci.

For submission guidelines, click here.

Winners of the 2017 White Mice Contest

The theme for 2017 was “Harbor,” in connection with the 2018 ILDS Conference in Chicago, and the winners are:

First Prize:
“I remember,” by Malcolm Miller (Salem, MA)
Second Prize:
“The Leaky Boat,” by Rachel Michaud (Washington, DC)
Third Prize:
“She Sails,” by Paul Jones (Chapel Hill, NC)
Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically by title):
“Land,” by Katharyn Howd Machan (Ithaca, NY)
“Waiting for the Tsunami,” by Nancy Cook (St. Paul, MN)

The winning poets will be invited to read on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Poetry Foundation during the conference of the International Lawrence Durrell Society in Chicago.  Their poems will be printed in a future issue of Deus Loci.

Thanks to all poets who submitted their work.  The judges read the entries with care and had difficulty coming to a consensus.

To read the prize-winning poems, click here.

Winners of the 2015 White Mice Contest

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2015 White Mice Poetry Contest.  To read the prize-winning poems, click here.

First Prize:
“The Color Hazel” by Stephen J. Kudliss
Second Prize:
“What We Swallowed” by John Davis
Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically by title):
“Drinking Much Wine from a Glass My Ex-Lover” by Katharyn Howd Machan
“Lunch on Poros” by Dr. Anthony Hirst

Winners of the 2013 White Mice Contest

We are happy to announce the winners of the 2013 White Mice Poetry Contest.  To read the prize-winning poems, click here.

First Prize (shared):
“Stray Goats on a Barrier Island” by Michael Colonnes
“Night Crossing” by Kateri Kosek
Third Prize:
“Storm at Sea” by Kateri Kosek
Honorable Mentions (listed alphabetically by title):
“On Skyros: Grey Stone Beach” by Katharyn Howd Machan
“Two Worlds” by John Laue
“When Demolishing a Beach House on Pine Island, Michigan” by Michael Colonnese

“Words I carry in my pocket,
where they breed like white mice.”
—Lawrence Durrell to Henry Miller