We thank everyone for their poetry submissions to the NY Literary Magazine! Here are the winners of the “AWAKE” Best Poetry Contest.

Winners of the Sad, Dark Poetry Category

1st Place Winner: Darkness’ Morn by Dana Cheer
2nd Place Winner: A Plea By Lamplight by Nina Athena Radke
3rd Place Winner: My December by Katie Lynn

Winners of the Sociopolitical Poetry Category

1st Place Winner: Don’t Shoot by Rutendo C C

Winners of the Poems about Death Category

1st Place Winner: Sister Blue by Brenda Davis Harsham
2nd Place Winner: Triptych by Lorcán Black

Winners of the Poems about Life Category

1st Place Winner: Tick-Tock by LaToya Ann Jackson Talley
2nd Place Winner: Dirty Laundry by Bob Shakeshaft

Winners of the Love Poetry Category

1st Place Winner: Ever by Aracelly P. Campo
2nd Place Winner: Drop Your Mask by Maria Thompson Corley
3rd Place Winner: Ode to My Body by Natalie Swain

Winners of the Family Poems Category

1st Place Winner: The Womb Connect by Puja Bhakoo
2nd Place Winner: A Christmas Card by Laura Rahill

Winners of the Religious Poetry Category

1st Place Winner: My God Loves Me by Debra S Joseph

Finalists who are awarded the “5 Star Writer” award

  • Fever by Louisa Heno
  • Unfit by Ron Walker
  • Time by Robert Black
  • Awake at Night by Palma Mingozzi
  • A Joke at Midnight by Arnab Mukhopadhyay
  • Sad December Moon by Marjon van Bruggen
  • A Christmas Poem by Tony Sciarini

The winners and finalists will be published in the NY Literary Magazine’s “AWAKE” poetry anthology.

Our poetry contest winners may download and share their award seal on their social accounts, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, writer’s accounts etc.

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Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth Harding

Editor-In-Chief at NY Literary Magazine
Elizabeth is our Editor-in-Chief who oversees all the aspects of our online and print publications, as well as managing our team.
She has the final say over what gets published in the magazine and who wins the poetry contests.
Elizabeth Harding