Welcome to Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month Series! Below, you’ll find all of our past winners for the Poem of the Month Contest, as well as their winning broadsides for purchase.

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Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month Announcements

Submit to Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month Contest!

Submit to Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month Contest!

Helloooooo, readers, writers, and shark fans! Welcome or Welcome BACK to Lit Shark Magazine! I'm so grateful you're interested in submitting. If you're specifically interested in submitting to Lit Shark's Poem of the Month contest, I'm happy to tell you we'll be...

Announcing: Lit Shark Magazine’s February Poem of the Month!

Announcing: Lit Shark Magazine’s February Poem of the Month!

Happy Wednesday, readers, writers, and shark fans! I hope you're having an incredible week! Our week at Lit Shark has been wonderful, because we announced our December-January Poem of the Month winners yesterday, and we're back again today to announce the winners of...

Our Poem of the Month Broadside Series

Still by Carol Edwards

Still: Poem of the Month #4

Bioluminescence Flashes in the Pull by Sandra Noel

Bioluminescence Flashes in the Pull: Poem of the Month #3

Ekphrasis for the Salmon: Poem of the Month #2

Ekphrasis for the Salmon: Poem of the Month #2

"Ecology" by Catherine Broadwall (October 2023 Winner)

Ecology: Poem of the Month #1

Our Winners

Carol Edwards

CAROL EDWARDS: Poem of the Month Winner #4 (February 2024)

ABOUT: Carol Edwards is a northern California native transplanted to southern Arizona.  She grew up reading fantasy and classic novels, climbing trees, and acquiring frequent grass stains.  She currently enjoys a coffee addiction and raising her (small) succulent army.  Her favorite shark is the whale shark.

Her poetry has been published in numerous publications, both online and print, including Space and TimePOETiCA REViEWThe Post Grad JournalThe Wild WordWritten Tales Magazine, and Lit Shark Magazine, and in anthologies from White Stag Publishing, Southern Arizona Press, Red Penguin Books, The Ravens Quoth Press, and Black Spot Books.  More of her work is forthcoming in Playlist of the Damned (Weird Little Worlds) and Mother Knows Best: Tales of Handmade Horror (Black Spot Books). Her debut poetry collection, The World Eats Love, was released April 25, 2023 from The Ravens Quoth Press.  You can follow her on Instagram @practicallypoetical, and on X/Twitter and Facebook @practicallypoet. Her website is www.practicallypoetical.wordpress.com.

Her poem, “Still,” won the February 2024 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem will appear in Issue #5 of Lit Shark Magazine, coming in March 2024.

SANDRA NOEL: Poem of the Month Winner #3 (December-January 2024)

ABOUT: Sandra Noel is a poet from Jersey, Channel Islands.  She enjoys writing about the ordinary in unusual ways, her passion for sea swimming, and her love of nature often weaving its way through her work. Sandra has poems featured online and in print magazines and anthologies. Over the past year she has been longlisted, shortlisted, and highly commended in various competitions. She has poems on buses in Guernsey from the Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2022 and 2023.  Sandra is finalising her first collection which will be published by Yaffle Press in 2024.

Her poem, “Bioluminescence Flashes in the Pull,” won the December-January 2024 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology (coming February 2024).

Sandra Noel

SHILO NIZIOLEK: Poem of the Month Winner #2 (November 2023)

ABOUT: Shilo Niziolek has written Fever and atrophy (Querencia Press), Porcelain Ghosts (forthcoming from Querencia Press), A Thousand Winters In Me (Gasher Press), I Am Not An Erosion: Poems Against Decay (Ghost City Press), and Dirt Eaters (Bottlecap Press). Her work has appeared in Juked, Honey Literary, West Trade Review, Entropy, Pork Belly Press, and Phoebe Journal, among others. Shilo is a writing instructor at Clackamas Community College, a workshop facilitator for the Literary Arts, and the editor and co-founder of the literary magazine, Scavengers.

Find her on Instagram: @shiloniziolek

Her poem, “Ekphrasis for the Salmon,” won the November 2023 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming in February 2024.

CATHERINE BROADWALL: Poem of the Month Winner #1 (October 2023)

ABOUT: Catherine Broadwall is the author of Water Spell (Cornerstone Press, forthcoming 2025), Fulgurite (Cornerstone Press, 2023), Shelter in Place (Spuyten Duyvil, 2019), and other collections. Her writing has appeared in Bellingham ReviewColorado ReviewMid-American Review, and other journals. She was the winner of the 2019-2020 COG Poetry Award and a finalist for the 2021 Mississippi Review Prize in poetry. She is an assistant professor at DigiPen Institute of Technology, where she teaches creative writing and literature.

Her website is www.catherinebroadwall.com.

Instagram: @catherine.broadwall

Facebook: /catherine.broadwall/

Her poem, “Ecology,” won the October 2023 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming in February 2024.

Our Honorable Mentions

DUSTIN BROWN

Dustin’s poem “Prism,” received an Honorable Mention for the February 2024 Poem of the Month Contest, and his poem will appear in Issue #5 of Lit Shark Magazine, coming in March 2024.

Dustin P. Brown (he/him) has a BA in creative writing from Western Michigan University. He was also a fiction reading intern at Third Coast Magazine and an editorial intern at New Issues Poetry & Prose. These days he lives in Spain, and works as a freelance editor, writes, and drinks delicious wine. He has poetry published at Hawaii Pacific Review, Poetry Quarterly, Coe Review, Hollins Critic, Punchnel’s, Falling Star Magazine, Waterhouse Review, and Third Wednesday, among others.

DOUG VAN HOOSER

Doug’s poem “An Octopus Hug” received an Honorable Mention for the December-January 2024 Poem of the Month Contest, and his poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming February 2024.

Doug Van Hooser (he/him) splits his time between suburban Chicago where he uses pseudonyms with baristas, and southern Wisconsin where he enjoys sculling and cycling. His poetry has appeared in numerous publications and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Orison Anthology. He has also published short fiction and had readings of his plays in Chicago.

Links to his work can be found at dougvanhooser.com.

VICTORIA M. JOHNSON

Victoria’s poem “How to Buy a Toilet” received an Honorable Mention for the December-January 2024 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming February 2024.

Victoria M. Johnson (she/her) is the author of four books and two mini books. Her poetry, memoir, and flash stories appear in online literary journals and print anthologies. When she is not writing, Victoria is a reiki master, meditation teacher, zumba instructor, and writing coach. Victoria is the founder of Creative Breath, a supportive and enriching place for writers.

EMILY KERLIN

Emily’s poem “My Dentist Diagnosed Geographic Tongue and I Don’t Know What That Is But I Think It Means It Wants to Talk about How We Used to Travel the World” received an Honorable Mention for the November 2023 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming February 2024.

Emily Kerlin has published poems in journals such as Cider Press Review, Sheila-Na-Gig, Blue Mountain Review, Storm Cellar, Split Rock Review, and The MacGuffin. Her book, Twenty-One Farewells, won Minerva Rising’s 2023 chapbook contest. She lives with her family in Urbana, Illinois where she teaches the difference between “chicken” and “kitchen” to English learners.

Website: www.emilykerlin.com

BETH MARQUEZ

Beth’s poem “From Lightning to the Earth” received an Honorable Mention for the October 2023 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming February 2024.

Beth Marquez (she/her) has been published in Moontide Press, Valley of the Contemporary Poets, and Ugly Mug anthologies. Her poems were selected for Damfino’s debut issue and the Like a Girl anthology from Lucid Moose Press, which nominated her poem Shedding for a Pushcart Prize. She is a 2017 Pink Door Fellow.

SHANNON FROST GREENSTEIN

Shannon’s poem “Just Another Poem about the Moon” received an Honorable Mention for the October 2023 Poem of the Month Contest, and her poem appeared in Issue #4 of Lit Shark Magazine, our final issue of 2023, and Lit Shark’s Best Of 2023 Anthology, coming February 2024.

Shannon Frost Greenstein (she/her) resides in Philadelphia with her children and soulmate. She is a former Ph.D. candidate in Continental Philosophy and a multi-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Shannon is the author of Pray for Us Sinners and These Are a Few of My Least Favorite Things, two full-length collections of fiction and poetry, respectively. She was recently a finalist for the 2023 Ohio State University Press Journal’s Non/Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Pithead Chapel, Bending Genres, Parentheses Journal, and elsewhere.

Website: www.shannonfrostgreenstein.com

Twitter: @ShannonFrostGre

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