The 2015 William Kloefkorn Award for Excellence in Poetry
One winner receives $500 and publication in PADDLEFISH. Submission fee $14 (for two poems). All poets submitting to the contest receive a copy of the forthcoming journal. All submissions will also be considered for the forthcoming issue of PADDLEFISH. The contest is judged by PADDLEFISH editor-in-chief Jim Reese and associate editor Dana DeWitt. All contest entrants can submit up to two poems for consideration each year. Each poem should not exceed two pages single-spaced. NO previously published work. NO simultaneous submissions.

Send a $14 check payable to Mount Marty College. In the subject line write Kloefkorn Award. On the submission envelope please write Kloefkorn Award. Please include SASE for the winning announcement. Submission period Nov. 1, 2014 - Feb. 28, 2015. The winner will be announced no later than April 30, 2015.

*Don't forget to include your email, phone number and mailing address on the REVERSE side of each poetry submission.

2014 William Kloefkorn Award for Excellence in Poetry is "Adulthood" by Lori A. DeSanti
I am both humbled, and honored to have my poem "Adulthood" selected as the recipient of the 2014 William Kloefkorn Award for Excellence in Poetry.  I wanted to write a poem that depicted the transition from childhood into adulthood.  From the perspectives of most people, it doesn't feel like a gradual transition, but rather fleeting time.  I capture a moment in this poem where nostalgia gets the best of me.  I think in life, as well as poetry, this happens perhaps all too often.

Poems make memory become this tangible thing that I can write, and touch.  When I was a kid, my family had a house in Connecticut on Gardner Lake, which is where I learned how to fish.  When I make tea at work, it always reminds me of fishing, the mug becomes a miniature lake.  Time becomes a daydream where fishing under the sun is a reality, and fluorescent lights in my office are the illusion.  I think as adults, we sort of end up feeling controlled by time− where it has gone and where it will go; where clocks and future make childhood just a black hand, a marker of years that have already passed.  Youth becomes this fish that just keeps eluding you.

Lori A. DeSanti is currently an MFA Candidate at Southern Connecticut State University for poetry. Her other works have been published in Adanna Literary Journal, East Coast Literary Review, Mouse Tales Press, Winter Tangerine Review, Extract(s) Literary Journal, Drunk Monkeys, Mojave River Review and elsewhere. She is a 2013 Pushcart Prize Nominee, and served as the Poetry Editor of Noctua Review, SCSU's Annual Literary Arts Magazine. Next year, she will serve as Editor-in-Chief of Noctua. She recently placed as a finalist in the 2014 Eastern Point Press Chapbook Contest, and looks forward to a Teaching Creative Writing Internship at Southern in the Spring of 2015.

by Lori DeSanti

creeps up on you - when you're stuffing
envelopes in your cubicle, a paper cut slices

across your knuckle; it drips into the ceramic
mug, the green tea leaves staining the water,

billowing like sand clouds below a murky lake.
It reminds you of the first time you caught a fish,

its scales digging into your palm as it fought to
free itself from your hand.  You smile at recalling

mornings you fished with your father, where he
taught you how to gently pull the hook from the

gasping cheeks of a Pike's mouth.  You steep the
tea bag, the drop of blood now fanning over the

surface of the water like boat oil in lake breeze,
the string hung over the edge of the cup like an

empty fishing

William KloefkornThe William Kloefkorn Award for Excellence in Poetry was established in memory of the late Nebraska State Poet William Kloefkorn. Bill was named the Nebraska State Poet by proclamation of the Unicameral in 1982. In addition to his many publications and honors, he also won first-place in the 1978 Nebraska Hog-Calling Championship. A retired professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, he was the author of thirty-two books, including Alvin Turner as Farmer (Logan House, 2004), Sunrise, Dayglow, Sunset, Moon (Talking River Publications, 2004), and Walking the Campus (Lone Willow Press, 2004). He also published four memoirs, This Death by Drowning, Restoring the Burnt Child, At Home on This Moveable Earth and Breathing in the Fullness of Time (U. of Nebraska Press). He was the author of two collections of short fiction, A Time to Sink Her Pretty Little Ship and Shadow Boxer (Logan House Press). Most recently he had co-authored In a House Made of Time (Logan House Press) and Moments of Delicate Balance (Wings Press)with David Lee. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review, Poet & Critic, and elsewhere. Bill mentored innumerable students and folks interested in the written word. Bill was a great friend and inimitable teacher.