Awards I Have Received for My Poems

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By Mabel Law Atkinson

Poem Title Award Prize Date
"Lincoln" First place award in Clinic poems at Midwest Chaparral's Spring Retreat Book prize: House of Hope 1951
"Silver and Yellow 2nd place in State Contest-triolet- Midwest C. Fall Retreat 1951
"Old Lilacs" Tied for 3rd in Roll Call poems MFCP Fall Retreat 1950
"The Trumpet Sounds" 2nd in Roll call poems MFCP Fall Retreat Rhinestone anchor pin 1951
"Desecrated Shrine" These two tied for 2nd place MFCP Fall Retreat Clinic Poems Book prize 1951
"Myself"
"I Shall Keep Faith" 1st in The Archer Christmas contest $5.00 1951
"The Goddess Speaks" 1st in Democracy Contest by Letitia Wilson of Poet's Reed' $5.00 Fall of 1951
"So May the Goddess Speak"
"Iris in Gethsemane" Hon. Mention in Bard's Iris Contest Blue Lakes Iris Spring 1952
"Down a Rainbow Path" 3rd in Lloyd Austin's Iris Contest $3 to be applied on $10 Iris order 1952
"Where Wild Ferns Grow" Hon. Mention in Bard's Fern Poem contest A Wisconsin fern
"April Returns" 2nd in Bard's Arabesque Contest $3.00 1952
"Barren Woman's Cry" 3rd in Eliza Roxey Snow Memorial contest in R.S. $15.00 Jan. 1952
"Giant Slave" 3rd in "Citrine" contest in Midwest Chaparral Before the Wind by Wilford Snow, the judge 1951
"The coming of Mondamin" 2nd in American Myth and Legend contest in American Bard A crocheted small centerpiece, value $5
"Legend of the Hopi Snake Dance" Hon. Mention in same contest--named above
"His Hands" 1st in Archer "Miniature" contest $3 and book of poems Spring 1952
"Lark-Flute" 1st in Chromatones "Rondelet" contest Therapy of Beauty by John Milton Smither Spring 1952
"Calm Waters" Hon. mention in "sea" poems in Archer 1952
"When You Meet Frustration" 1st in MFCP Roll Call poems, Spring Retreat Book prize 1952
"Barren Woman's Cry" 1st in MFCP Clinic poems Spring Retreat Book prize 1952
"Summer Night Fantasy" 1st in State Contest MFCP Retreat Book prize Sprint 1952
"Bronze Hour" Hon. mention in Mill Valley "Anonyme" contest May 1952
"Summer Fantasy" Hon. mention in Mill Valley "Anonyme" contest May 1952
"Lincoln" Hon. mention in Archer American Heritage poems
"He was a towering giant" etc.
$1 Camas Press Books June 1952
"Poetry" Hon. mention in Archer's Tercet contest $1 in Camas Press books June 1952
"Song for an Infant Son" 2nd place in Chromatones "Chant Royal" contest 2-yr. subscription to Chromatones Summer 1952
"War Calls" Tied for 2nd in M.B. Dickson's "Miniature" contest Book award Summer 1952
"Gypsy Fortune Teller" 5th in "Cracker Ballad contest" in Archer $1.00 Summer 1952
"Democracy" These tied for 3rd in American Bard's "Peace-Democracy contest
"Spirit of Democracy Speaks"
"The Sea Is Singing" Hon. mention in the above contest
"To You Who Wear White Cloaks" Hon. mention in the above contest
"Star of Home" Hon. Mention in "quintain contest" in Archer Book prize Oct. 1952
"No Light of Bomb" 1st in MFCP Fall Retreat Roll Call poems
a triolet
Book Prize
"Where Eagles Cry" 2nd in State Contest--in Miniatures-- at Fall Retreat
"Lullaby for an Infant Son" 5th in State contest, Fall Retreat of Midwest Chaparral
"To You Who Wear White Cloaks" 4th place in Clinic poems, Fall Retreat 1952
"Song for an Infant Son" Hon. mention in Idaho Writers' League contest Fall 1952
"Calm Waters" Hon. mention in Davis Verse contest Book prize
"White Carillons" 1st in "Arabesque" contest sponsored by Lucille Evans in Archer $5.00 Jan. 1953
"April Begins Her Review" Hon. mention in Anonyme Contest 1953
"Summer Returns" Hon. mention in Anonyme Contest 1953
"Wine of Autumn" Hon. mention in Anonyme Contest 1953
"Inviolate Eden" 1st place in Midwest Chaparral's Spring Retread in State Contest 1953
"Where April Sings Forever" 2nd Hon. mention in the State Contest
"Science Calls to Youth" 3rd Hon. mention in the State Contest
"Would There Be Room?" 4th Hon. mention in State Contest at same Retreat
"It Is a Tragic Thing" 2nd in Clinic poems at Retreat 1953
"Inviolate Eden" Hon. mention in Clinic poems
"I Would Learn" 3rd place in Roll call poems, Spring Retreat of Midwest Chaparral
"Pipe of Peace" 1st place in North American Myth and Legend Contest $10.00
"Why Leaves Change Color in Autumn" These two placed in "2nd five" class 1953
"The Shifting Dunes"
"Flute-Song" 1st in Velta Myrle Allen's "Lyrelle" contest in Chromatones $5.00
"The Miracle" 1st in Madwest Chaparall's State Contest
a douzet.
Oct. 1953
"Autumn Reflections" 1st in MFCP Roll Call Poems at Retreat
"Sesame" 2nd in precision poetics in Chromatones Year's subscription to Chromatones
"In My Winter Garden" Hon. Mention in "People in Winter" contest of Archer
"A New Star Rises" Hom. Mention in Davis Verse contest
"To My Son" 2nd in "Pendulum" contest in The American Bard $3.00
"Beauty-Tryst" Hon. mention in Pendulum Contest
"Universal Language" Hon. mention in Pendulum Contest
"Spirit of Night" 2nd in Precision Poetics--Anapestic Octave--Chromatones Subscription to Chromatones 1954
"I Love a Country Town" Tied for one of 1st prizes in Reflection's Home Town contest
"My Heart Believes" 2nd in The American Bard's "Circle Contest" $3.00
"In Memoriam to Eugene Field-Sonnet I" Hon. mention in Bard's "Engene Field contest"
"In Memoriam to Eugene Field-Sonnet II" Hon. mention in Eugene Field contest
"Night Music" Reader vote 4th place in Chromatones 1954 Oct.
"Portrait of John Milton Smither" Cover poem award, Chromatones Apr. 1954
"Legend of the Races" 2nd in North American Myth and Legends No. 3 contest Copy of the Book of Legends
"Legend of Spanish Moss" 3rd in above conest Other book prize
"Spirit of Night" Etta Josephean Murfey award for favorite poem in Chromatones Book award
"Fragile Chains" 1st in Letitia Carry-over Rhyme contest--Chromatones Thelma Allinder's book, Lilac Magic given by her the sponsor Jan. 1955
"In the Quiet Harbor" Hom. mention in Chromatelle contest in Chromatones 1955
"Virtue" 3rd Hon. mention in Sapphic verse contest in precision poetics, Chromatones 1955
"Some Things Are Timeless" 4th prize in Aeoline Contest in Chromatones
"Would I Find Bluebirds?" Reader vote ... place in Chromatones
"Heart Hunger" Reader award in Different $1.00 1951
"Progress" 1st place winner in Northwest Verse of Spokane Daily Chronicle as best poem of the week $1.00 Oct. 11, 1954
"Good Night My Son" Prize winner of the week in Spokane Daily Chronicle $1.00
"Lonely Homestead" Prize winner of the week in Spokane Daily Chronicle $1.00
"Ritual at Dusk" Prize winner of the week in Spokane Daily Chronicle $1.00
"Moonlight" Tied for Hon. Mention in Roll Call poems for Fall Retreat of MFCP 1955
"Deserted Village" Hon. Mention in State Contest MFCP 1955
"The Goddess Speaks" Best Patriotic poem in Clinic poems Fall Retreat MFCP 1955
"Faith of Our Pioneer Mothers" Sweepstakes out-of-state Poem, Fall Retreat Book prizes 1955
"Speed Swiftly Time" 1st in out of state poems in Spring Retreat of MGCP 1956
"Lift Your Eyes" 1st place in all clinic poems in Spring Retreat 1956
"He Had Made Cradles" 2nd in out state poems Spring Retreat of Midwest Chaparral 1956
"When Catkins Crouch" 1st in Roll Call poems Spring Retreat MFCP 1945
"Let Me Sing Little Songs" 3rd in State contest Spring Retreat 1956
"I Wear His Lei" Hon. mention Bard's 1956
"In His Footprints" Hon. mention in American Bard's "Feet Contest"" by Etta J. Murfey 1956
"His Feet Must Wisely Lead" Hon. mention in above contest
"He Had Made Cradles" 1st place in Cadence division of Ars Poetica for the year ending June 1st $3.00
"Perfect Prelude" 3rd in Cadence division of contest for February 1956 of Ars Poetica 1956
"How Granny Loved April" 1st in Cadence in March Roll call in Ars Poetica 1956
"He Had Made Cradles" First in Ars Poetica--Cadence Division December 1955
"Not Far from Earth" 3rd in Roll call poems, Ars Poetica, Cadence division May 1956
"I Wear His Lei" 1st in Ars Poetica Roll Call poems, Radiant division June 1956
"Where Bluebells Grow" 2nd in Ars Poetica Roll Call poems, Cadence division July 1956
"Barren Woman's Cry" 12th in annual contest of American Poetry League 1954
"Virtue" 3rd (three were ties) in Bard's Analyzed Rhyme contest
"With Heart Untouched" Cited in "Poetry Public" by Prof. L. R. Holmes
"Eternal April" Hon. mention in Bard's Lyrette Contest
"When Autumn Flames" Hon. mention in American Bard's contest
"With Never a Backward Glance" Hon. mention in Davis Verse Contest
"Monument" 1st in Margarette Ball Dickson's Miniature contest
"Bells of Life" 5th in Margarette Ball Dickson's Miniature contest
"Song of a Young Wife" Reader vote in Scimitar and Song Book award
"Heaven Will Not Be Strange" Reader vote in Chromatones
"Cycle of Beauty" 3rd in Chromatones Lyralilt Contest, in Chromatones April 1955
"I Touched Her Worn Still Hands" 2nd in Quatrain contest in Poesy Book
"With April's Return" 3rd in Bard's Letitia Carry-Over Contest Apr., May, June, 1956
"Lark-Flute" 2nd place in nature poems in Chaparral Writer--Scrap Book 1953
"Remembering Sun-Kissed Sage" 2nd in nature poems in Chaparral Writer--Scrap Book 1953
"With Never a Backward Glance" Received Avalon Citation of Merit
"Where Eagles Cry" Reader vote in Chromatones July 1955
"A King Is Born" 2nd in reader votes for Holiday issue, Reflections 1955-56
"The Coal Oil Lamp" 5th in Reader vote in Fall 1952 Reflections 1952
"Where Happiness Grows" 8th in reader vote in Holiday Issue 1950 Reflections 1950
"Spring Nostalgia" 2nd in reader votes, Reflections Fall 1953
"I Love a Country Town" 5th in reader vote, Reflections Fall 1953
"In My Home Town" 8th in reader votes Reflections Fall 1953
"Flute-Song" 9th place, reader vote, Chromatones, July issue
"Song of Pinioned Courage" 1st in Petrarchian Sonnet Contest in Blue Moon $2.00 1955
"Pinioned Courage" 2nd Hon. mention in Midwest Chaparral's State contest 1954
"Bronze Hour" 1st Hon. mention in Nature Poem Contest by Margarette Ball Dickson 1954
"By a Daffodil" Fourth special mention in Nature Poem Contest 1954
"Song of Hannah" 12th in American Poetry League's annual contest 5 books 1954
"Did You Answer Mary?" 2nd in Thelma Allinder's Bragi Contest Book 1955
"Winter Violets" 3rd in Midwest Chaparral's Dionol contest 1956
"Pioneer Granny" 2nd in Cache Valley's Centennial Poem Contest--Narrative Division $5.00 June 1956
"Perfect Prelude" 2nd in annual contest of Idaho Writers' League $5.00 Oct. 1956
"Autumn-Tryst" Hon. mention in Bard's Letitia Carry-Over Contest Oct. Nov. Dec. 1956
"Strange Truth or Fantasy?" Hon. mention in Poesy's Quatrain Contest Autumn 1956
"In His Footprints" Hon. mention in American Bard's "Feet" contest Jan. Feb. Mar. 1957
"His Feet Must Wisely Lead" Hon. Mention in American Bard's "Feet" contest Jan. Feb. Mar. 1957
"With Hands That Are White" 2nd in the Bard's Dactyllic Sonnet contest $3.00
"Speed Swiftly Time" First in Archer's "Time" contest $5.00
"Time, I Entreat You" First in Cadence Division Ars Poetica Nov. 1956 Roll Call Poems 1956
"Autumn Easter Song" Sixth in Cinquain contest of The Poesy Book
"A Sixth Door Opens" Third in Cadence Division of Ars Poetica's December Roll call poems 1956

(Since beginning publication in 1950, I have received 136 awards for my poems as follows:

  • 34 firsts
  • 24 seconds
  • 15 thirds
  • 2 fourths
  • 3 fifths
  • 1 sixth
  • 1 twelfth
  • 1 cover poem award
  • 2 citations of merit
  • 1 Dr. Etta Josephean Murfey award
  • 11 reader vote awards
  • 41 Honorable mentions

to Feb. 22, 1957.)

Poem Title Award Prize Date
"When You Clasp Hands With Youth" Third in A.P.L. International Contest $5.00
"America I Sing My Praise" Fourth in American Bard's Contest "Poems in Praise of America" $3.00
"I Wear His Lei" Honorable mention in American Bard's Contest
"Dream Your Dreams, O Youth" Second in "Space" poems contest in the Archer Sub. Prize
"A Sixth Door Opens" First in Davis Verse Contest $5.00
"Russian Mother" Second in Davis contest $5.00
"Not Far from Earth" First honorable mention in Davis contest for 1956 1956
"Miracle of the Gulls" First in Norfolk sonnet sequence--Poetry Society of Virginia $50.00 1957
"Russian Mother" First in cadence division of Ars Poetica monthly contest
"Where Maples Flame" Honorable mention in Objective division for June 1957--Ars Poetica 1957
"Where April Sings Forever" Amateur Notes and Quotes Love Poem Contest Book award
"Where April Sings Forever" Book Award in "Writer's Notes and Quotes" 1957
"Four Little Magi" 2nd in Ars Poetica Roll Call, Cadence Div. May 1957
"Where April Sings Forever" 2nd in Ars Poetica Roll Call, Optional Div. August 1957
"Summer Is Too Brief" Tied for 1st in Ars Poetica, Optional Div. Sept. 1957
"Magdalene Speaks" 1st in Christian poem contest--Writer's Notes & Quotes $1.00
"Gift of the Wayward Winds 2nd in State contest MFCP Fall Retreat Oct. 1957
"Magic Hours Return" 2nd in Roll call poems, Midwest Chaparral Fall Retreat 1957
"Song of Mellowed Years" 1st place tie in Ars Poetica, Optional, for October 1957
"Autumn Twilight" 2nd place tie, Ars Poetica, optional November 1957
"Song of Willow Trees" Fourth Hon. mention in M.B.D. Nature Poem Contest 1954
"Madonna of the Woodland" Third in roll call poems--Optional Division--Ars Poetica Dec. 1957
"America Speaks to Her Children" Second prize in Prairie Poet for Summer 1958 1958
"Oh, Wifie!" Second prize in Nan Houston's National Humor Contest $10.00
"Silver Twilight" Third in Ars Poetica's Roll Call, optional division Aug. 1958
"To Youth with Eyes Adventure Flamed" Hon. mention in State Contest, Midwest C.P. Spring 1958
"Her Answer" Hon. mention in Roll Call poems, MCFP Spring Retreat 1958
"Nancy Hanks Lincoln" Best Portrait Poem--Midwest Chaparral Clinic Poems
"Sing On O Sea!" Best Peace poem in Clinic poems of Midwest Chaparral
"In the Still Voice of Autumn" First Place in Lyric Poem contest of Writers' Notes & Quotes Fall 1958
"Birth Men of Flame" Second in Sonnet Contest of Helen Gee Woods, Gem State Authors Guild Fall 1958
"To Blazon Peace upon the Rising Sun" 1st in Idaho Poetry Day 1959
"Sarah Johnson Lincoln" First in Gem State Authors Guild's first contest $15.00 Spring 1958
"Tomorrow's Open Door" 2nd in State Contest of Midwest Chaparral Fall 1958
"She Followed My Directions" 1st in Roll Call poems MCFP Fall Retreat 1958
"Sing Gently" Second in Poetry in Idaho Writers' League $5.00 1958
"I Love a Lark Song Too" 12th in annual contest of American Poetry League 1958
"Design of Gratitude" 2nd in Ars Poetica Roll Call poems, optional div. Sept. 1958
"December Violets" First in Ars Poetica--Roll Call, Optional Oct. 1958
"Portrait of Lincoln's Second Mother" 2nd in Relief Society's annual contest--"Eliza Roxey Snow Memorial Contest" $30.00 1958
"Remembered Childhood Worship" Hon. mention in Amateur Notes & Quotes
"Sing Minnesota's Saga" First in Minnesota Statehood Centennial Contest $100.00
"I Love a Lark Song Too" First in Annual contest of Idaho Writers League Fall 1959
"Dusk and a Star" Hon. mention in Nocturne Contest 1958
"Then Winter Sang" Third in 'Waldronette" Contest in Writer's Notes & Quotes 1959
"Within Their Hearts Was Christmas" Second in Ars Poetica--Assigned Div. Dec. 1959
"I Love a Lark Song Too" Second in the National Springfield Verse Writers Contest 1958
"The Returned" Hon. mention in the Gem State Authors Guild contest 1959
"The Returned" First in Ars Poetica--Optional Feb. 1959
"The Battle of Battle Creek" First in State contest (Ballads) of Midwest Chaparral Spring 1959
"April Flattery" "Purple Ribbon" award (Above and beyond prizes) Roll Call MFCP Spring 1959
"Sarah Johnson Lincoln" Second in Ars Poetica--Optional April 1958
"I Love a Lark Song Too" Tied for 'Sweepstakes" prize in Ars Poetica for the year 1958-1959
"I Love a Lark Song Too" First Place tie for best Optional poems for 1958-59 Ars Poetica
"Thanksgiving" Second place tie in Ars Poetica optional for 1958-59 Years' Work
"Thanksgiving" Third place in "Sweepstakes" Ars Poetica for the year 1958-1959
"God Speaks in Metaphors" First Hon. Mention in Anniversary Poems, Ars Poetica 1959
"Wind-Lightened Bough" Second in Ars Poetica--Optional June 1959
"To Blaze Man's Triumph" First in Ars Poetica--Optional Div. Feb. 1958
"Birth Men of Flame" Second in Ars Poetica--Optional July 1958
"Thanksgiving" First Ars Poetica--Optional November 1958
"In a Gentle Mood" Third in Writer's Notes & Quotes "Jefferson Sonnet Contest" 1959
"He Had Made Cradles" Book Award in Writer's Notes & Quotes Dec. 1958
"Song for Fledgling Eagles" First Hon. Mention in Davis Contest 1957
"Ways of Farms" Second in Davis Contest $3.00 1958

(Since 1950, when I began publication, I have received 201 awards for my poems:

  • 56 firsts
  • 46 seconds
  • 21 thirds
  • 3 fourths
  • 3 fifths
  • 1 sixth
  • 2 twelfths
  • 54 Hon Mentions
  • 1 cover poem award
  • 1 Dr. Etta J. Murfey Award
  • 11 reader vote

to Sept. 22, 1959)

Poem Title Award Prize Date
"Song of Praise Second in Midwest Chaparral
"In the Chalice of a Rose" Second prize tie in Chromatones contest 1958
"She Is My Friend" First in Friendship Contest of Writer's Notes & Quotes 1959
"With New Green Words" Second in State Contest of MFCP Fall Retreat 1959
Second in Roll Call Poems, MFCP Fall Retreat
"Love Is Inviolate" Book Award from reader of W. N. & Q.
"Christmas Pastoral" First in Ars Poetica's Assigned Roll call poems Dec. 1959
"Song for a Man-Child" Second in Chansonette Contest of American Bard 1960
"In Lilac Time" Tied for 2nd in "Lilac Poem" contest, Writer's Notes & Quotes 1960
"Wind-Lightened Bouth" Third in Contest of Idaho Poets' & Writers' Guild 1960
"Barren Woman's Prayer" Hon. Mentio9n in Writer's Notes & Quotes Book award Feb. 1960
"In a Country Garden" 2nd in Ars Poetica's Optional poems Sept. 1959
"The Old Man Weeps" 2nd in Bragi Contest in American Bard Book award Dec. 1960
"Where Fear and Hunger Stalked" 6th in Annual Contest of American Poetry League 5 books 1960
"The Silver Web" 1st Hon. mention in chosen title contest of I.W.L. Spring 1960
"Where Fear and Hunger Stalked" Hon. Mention in Contest of Gem State Authors' Guild 1960
"Where Fear and Hunger Stalked" Hon. Mention in Poetry in I.W.L. Spring 1960
"The Ways of Farms" 1st Optional Poems Ars Poetica May 1958
"Hospital Fare" 1st in National Contest of Allied[?] Writers--Multiple syllable (Belle S. Mooney Pattern) $10, 6 books
"Even in Silence" 3rd in Optional Poems, Ars Poetica Jan. 1961
"Mother of Judas" 1st in Optional Poems, Ars Poetica Feb. 1961
"To Challenge the Years" 1st in Alice M. Swain's Contest in The Guild $5.00 Mar. 1961
"Listen as Eve" Hon. mention in Writer's Notes & Quotes Dec. 1960
"You Will Not Bury Me" Hon. mention in Writer's Notes & Quotes Feb. 1961
"Restoring Bombed Areas" Hon. mention in Writer's Notes & Quotes
"Happiness" Tied for 1st in Challenge contest (In form of bluebird) $5.00 1960
"Seedtime and Harvest" 1st in Advance contest in Bard Book Award 1960
"Tiptoe in Summer" First Hon. Mention in Bettie Payne Rondeau Flower Contest Book 1961
"When Snows Are Falling" Hon Mention in APL's Wavelet contest in Bulletin Fall 1960
"Refugees" Orphic Lute Book Award by Viola Gardner 1960

(Since 1950, I have received 240 awards for my poems:

  • 63 firsts
  • 54 seconds
  • 23 thirds
  • 3 fourths
  • 3 fifths
  • 2 sixths
  • 2 twelfths
  • 63 Hon Mentions
  • 1 cover poem award
  • 1 Dr. Etta J. Murfey Award
  • 11 reader vote
  • 2 book awards by readers

up to April 6, 1961)

"He Steps from His Worn Moccasins" Hon. Mention in "Indian Poem Contest" May 1961
"One Lone Lombardy" First Hon. Men. in Ellen Rebecca Fenn's "Tree Poem" Contest in Muse 1961
"Their Faith Star-High" Second in Triad Rebound Contest in APL $3.00 Apr. 1961
"The Flag Speaks for America" 2nd in Assigned poems for March 1961 1961