Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award Winners
Click below to read the winning poems from each year

2011

"Odds Are"
by Robert W. Crawford

Final Judge: A.M. Juster
2010 "Coming to Terms"
by Catherine Chandler
Final Judge: A.E. Stallings
2009

"Petrarch"
by Richard Wakefield

Final Judge: David Middleton
2008 "Sightseers"
by Stephen Scaer
Final Judge: Timothy Steele
2007 "No"
by A.M. Juster
Final Judge: Frederick Turner
2006 "The Empty Chair"
by Robert W. Crawford
Final Judge: Andrew Hudgins
2005 "Petrarch on West 115th Street" by Marion Shore Final Judge: Charles Martin
2004 "Long Gone Lonesome Blues" by A.E. Stallings Final Judge: Rachel Hadas
2003 “Discovery” by Rhina P. Espaillat Final Judge: Dana Gioia
2002 “Embarking” by Marion Shore Final Judge: Wyatt Prunty
2001 “Baggage” by Deborah Warren Final Judge: X. J. Kennedy
2000 “Note from Echo” by A.M. Juster Final Judge: W. D. Snodgrass
1999 “Chain Poem” by Bob McKenty Final Judge: Wendy Cope
1998 “Contingencies” by Rhina P. Espaillat Final Judge: John Frederick Nims
1997 “Incipient Fireworks” by Madeleine Mysko Final Judge: Donald Justice
1996 “The Track of the Storm” by Timothy Murphy Final Judge: Anthony Hecht
1995 “Moscow Zoo” by A.M. Juster Final Judge: Mona Van Duyn
1994 “Jo Painted” by Sarah Birnbaum Final Judge: Richard Wilbur