We are pleased to announce that Berwyn Moore of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been awarded the Five Points 2014 James Dickey Prize for Poetry. Her work will be published in an upcoming issue and she will receive $1000.

Berwyn Moore has published two poetry collections, O Body Swayed and Dissolution of Ghosts, and edited the anthology Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie County. She served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania, from 2009 to 2010. Her poems have won awards from the Bellevue Literary Review, The Pinch Literary Journal, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, and Negative Capability Press and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She has poetry and prose published in The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, Journal of the American Medical Association, Kansas Quarterly, Cimarron Review and Public Health Reports. She teaches English at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Each year we select a poet to receive The James Dickey Prize for Poetry. The award is named in honor of James Dickey, who we are proud to say served on our Advisory Board. Dickey inspired and nurtured many poets, and we offer the award in his spirit. The contest winner receives $1,000, and the winning poems are published in an issue of Five Points.

Every year, submissions are accepted electronically September 1 through December 1. We do not accept manuscripts for consideration sent via the post office or special carrier.




    • Send three previously unpublished poems no more than fifty lines each.
    • Make sure your file is in ONE of the following formats:
    • .PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
    • .DOC or .DOCX (Microsoft Word)
    • Entry fee includes a one-year subscription
    • The winner will be announced on the Five Points website.


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