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Friends of Acadia Nature Poetry Prize

“The future of this world lies in the relationship we have with it. Poetry helps develop an understanding and appreciation of—and a connection with—the world around us.”
—Kate Barnes, former Maine Poet Laureate

The Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize was awarded biannually from 1998 through 2012 to promote and recognize distinctive nature poetry.

We regret to announce that the Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize has been discontinued as of 2014. We are no longer able to accept submissions of poetry. Thank you to all who sent their work in past years and gave this Prize such a good run. We hope you will continue to write fine nature poetry and promote an appreciation for the outside world through your work.

The winners of the 2012 Friends of Acadia Poetry Prize:

First Prize
Edythe Haendel Schwartz of Davis, CA
“A Natural Phenomenon”

Second Prize
Margaret A. Koger of Boise, ID
“Little Sturgeon”

Third Prize
P M F Johnson of St. Paul, MN
“The Duck”

Honorable Mention
“Groundhog’s Skeleton at the Fox Island Nature Preserve” by Michael Derrick Hudson
“In the Now” by Lynda La Rocca
“Listening” by Donald A. Bloch