OKLAHOMA CITY - Members of Brainerd's Heartland Poets received awards at the 48th annual National Federation of the State Poetry Societies poetry contest at the annual convention June 7-11 in Oklahoma City.
Federation chair Doris Stengel, Brainerd, presided over the convention.
Heartland poets who received awards were:
Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd - two third-place awards and two citations.
League of Minnesota Poets at the national convention were Maxine Russell (left), Charmaine Donovan, Jim Elberling, Alan Downes, Chaire van Breemen Downes, Meredith Cook, Susan Chambers and Doris Stengel.
Mary Hughes, Waite Park - two second-place awards and one citation.
Maxine Russell, Brainerd - two honorable mentions.
Candace Simar, Pequot Lakes - one second-place award.
Stengel, two first-place awards, one third-place award, three honorable mentions and five citations.
More than 9,000 poems were submitted to 50 categories. First- through third-place awards received money prizes and will be published in Encore, the annual anthology of NFSPS.
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