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Literal Latté
Food Verse Contest

  • First Prize
    $500

Contest Guidelines

  1. Send unpublished poems with food as an ingredient. 2,000 words max. All styles and subjects welcome.
  2. Postmark by March 15th.
  3. Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address (optional) — on Cover Page only.
  4. Please put poem titles/first lines on Cover Page as well.
  5. If by regular “snail mail” post: include Self Addressed Stamped Envelope or email address for reply.
  6. Include $10 Reading Fee per set of up to 6 poems — OR —
    $15 Reading Fee for set of 12 poems.
  7. All entries considered for publication.

All currency above given in US dollars.

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Literal Latté Awards

200 East 10th Street, Suite 240
New York, NY 10003
(212) 260-5532

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Literal Latte Food Verse Contest Winners

Please note that this listing may be incomplete.

Fall 2018 Issue

Still Life With Fruit, Froth, & Kinesis By Jacquelyn Shah

Winner, 2018 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
On a rosewood dining room table overflowing a lead-crystal bowl: apple
kiwi lemon guava cantaloupe sloped over grapefruit pissing off peach & pear papaya breadfruit….

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Fall 2018 Issue

Saying Cheese By Jacquelyn Shah

Winner, 2018 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
Inside the monstrous apple assigned to me a house floats in the flesh
and I, Anonymouse
climb the walls and scribble
CHEESE…

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Winter 2017 Issue

Food Haiku By Joan Harris

Winner, 2017 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
Boiling water poured
over fresh ground coffee beans…

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Fall 2016 Issue

stormy weather By Aletha Irby

Winner, 2016 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
when greymalkin fisticuffs
and his sidekick
gherkin fiddlesticks
flanked by kinktail
the celtic-knot-tailed tomcat
minnie the moocher….

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Winter 2015 Issue

For Crows and Old Men By Denise DiMarzio

Winner, 2015 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
The same cloth has lain for years over the table in the kitchen
where he sits in a white T-shirt, his chin greasy from gnawing
the chicken crooked in the hollow between finger and thumb, bones
piled on a tin pie plate…

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Winter 2015 Issue

It’s Getting Late for Brussels Sprouts By Denise DiMarzio

Winner, 2015 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
Glorious for weeks now, pale leaves shining green,
and at last the smallest of sprouts appearing —
sitting tight like tiny Buddhas on the stalks…

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Fall 2013 Issue

Toothache By Jack Miller

Winner, 2012 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
“I’ll meet you at the hotel,” you said, so I’d gone on alone despite the storm,
the wrong kind of sugar for the all-night drive. I gave up at 1 AM,
ice accreting on the windshield like rock candy on the string…

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Fall 2013 Issue

Five-Course Noir By Jack Miller

Winner, 2012 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
D.O.A. begins near the end: Frank Bigelow, his blood bright
with luminous toxin, having solved the mystery of his own
murder. The rest is a dead man’s tale, an extended flashback….

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Fall 2013 Issue

The French Have A Word For It By Jack Miller

Winner, 2012 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
Only in the Mysteries room would
you show me what you’d hidden,
slyly pulling from beneath your shirt
those strawberries…

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Fall 2012 Issue

Our Potluck (Your Contribution) By Daniel A. Harris

Winner, 2012 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
“Cupcakes?!” “Oui, mais cupcakes de France!” you purr.
We grin — that coarse word young Julia, post-war,
would have scorned. Il n’ya pas un mot fran?ais….

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