Roy Chesney Poetry Prize Winners Announced

The Siloam Springs Writers Guild gathered on October 10 for their monthly meeting, taking time to announce the winners of the Roy Chesney Poetry Contest.

The competition, which features cash prizes, is funded primarily by the Roy Chesney Grant.

“We exist to foster and encourage poets and the arts,” said Guild member and meeting host Gene Linzey.

First place went to Daniel Mason for his poem titled “Even Them” and included a check for $500.

Second place went to Charles Blalack for his poem “Names and Neighbors,” and he won a check for $300.

Third place went to Cherith Mason for her poem “Being a Good Neighbor,” and she won a check for $200.

The first entry winner was Rulon Foster for his poem “Who’s My Neighbor”, and he won a check for $200.

Honorable mentions went to Kendra Cooke and Sara Anderson, who received one-year memberships in the Siloam Springs Writers Guild.


Spencer Bailey/Herald-Leader Rulon Foster, First Entry Winner for the Siloam Springs Writers Guild Roy Chesney Awards, recites his winning poem, titled ‘Who Is My Neighbor’. In addition to the award, Foster received a check for $200.




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Spencer Bailey/Herald-Leader Cherith Mason poses with Gene Linzey as she accepts third place for the Roy Chesney Prize for her poem ‘Being a Good Neighbour’ at the Siloam Springs Writers Guild meeting. She received a check for $200.




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Spencer Bailey/Herald-Leader Charles Blalack recites his poem ‘Of Names and Neighbours’, which won second place in the Roy Chesney Prize for the Siloam Springs Writers Guild. He received a check for $300.




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Spencer Bailey/Herald-Leader Daniel Mason stands with Gene Linzey as he accepts his first Roy Chesney Award for his poem ‘Even Them’. Mason received a check for $500 for the prize.




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Spencer Bailey/Herald-Leader The winners of this year’s annual Roy Chesney Awards stand together after the awards presentation at the Siloam Springs Writers Guild meeting. Missing from the photo are honorable mention winners Kendra Cooke and Sara Anderson.



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