Winners of the 26th Statewide Poetry Contest!

We can not think of a better way to close out National Poetry Month than to finally announce the winners of this year’s Statewide Poetry Contest hosted by Fairbanks Arts!

However, before we do, we have a little side storyUsually, we would have already hosted a special reading featuring the contest winners during National Poetry Month (as our original contest communications indicated would happen in 2021)… but like many things over the past year, things got interesting! Back in March, our shipment of poems from all over Alaska took quite the unexpected detour on their way to arriving to this year’s esteemed poetry judge, Emily Wall. We already knew that poetry can be adventurous, but goodness! Due to this delay, we will now be celebrating this year’s awardees with a special virtual presentation of poetry in late May. We wish to extend our deep gratitude to this year’s contest participants, Statewide Poetry Contest judge, and our members and supporters for your patience.


This year’s entries were reviewed and given honors by Emily Wall, judge for the 2021 Statewide Poetry Contest

emily-wall.best_Emily Wall is a Professor of English at the University of Alaska. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry and her poems have been published in journals across the US and Canada, most recently in Prairie Schooner and Alaska Quarterly Review. She has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes and her most recent book, Flame, won the Minerva Rising chapbook prize. She has two books published with Salmon Poetry: Liveaboard and Freshly Rooted. Her next book, Breaking Into Air:  Birth Poems is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Emily lives and writes in Douglas, Alaska.  She can be found online at


Fairbanks Arts is pleased to announce the following awardees:



1st Place: “Compost Bin” by Maggi Arend (Anchorage)
2nd Place: “Alice” by Jon Crocker (Anchor Point)
Honorable Mention: “goddess greens” by Jasmine Templet (Barrow)



2nd Place: “spring 2020” by Darcy Misel (Fairbanks)



1st Place: “all i wanted” by Lila Steele (Anchorage)
2nd Place: “XXY” by Lila Steele (Anchorage)
3rd Place: “ana save me” by Lila Steele (Anchorage)



2nd Place: “Owl” by Hazel Sutton (Fairbanks)
Honorable Mention: “Ode to the Dragonfish” by Wesley Keller (Delta Junction)

Please note: all poems presented here are the original creative work of the poets and should not be copied or shared without permission by the poet. For inquiries about any of the poems, contact


On May 25, Fairbanks Arts will share a video featuring poetry from the 2021 Poetry Contest awardees 

Stay tuned on our website for the video announcement and sign up for our Literary Arts F.A.N. (Fairbanks Arts Newsletter) e-communications to stay up to date on all our literary happenings!

Thank you to everyone who entered the contest, to our judge Emily Wall, and congratulations once more to the winners of this year’s contest!



About Fairbanks Arts: Fairbanks Arts Association is a dynamic organization that has served Interior Alaska through the arts since 1966 with visual, literary, performing, and arts education programs. Fairbanks Arts plays a central leadership role in the arts community, providing opportunities and resources for artists and organizations and believes in building a vibrant, healthy community through the arts.

Fairbanks Arts Association’s Statewide Poetry Contest is a celebration of poetry writing in Alaska and invites participation from writers of all ages, elementary school and up. The contest aims to encourage, publicize and reward the writing of high quality poetry in our great state.

Thank you to our supporters
Fairbanks Arts programs are made possible by individual and corporate contributions, the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough, and the Alaska State Council on the Arts