A POETRY AWARD NAMED FOR MARK & ELAINE FISCHER
Welcome to the Fischer Prize
This annual award is open to poets of all ages living in the US. Deadline for submissions is August 30th, 2020 and the prize, traditionally awarded at a Fischer Prize award ceremony in Telluride, Colorado, will be announced online. DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, WE WILL NOT BE GATHERING FOR AN AWARDS CEREMONY. (For more information contact Galaxy at email@example.com)
The winners (Fischer $1000, Cantor $500) and the outstanding entries ($200 each) will be announced in October as California poet Claire Blotter finishes up final judging.
CONGRATULATIONS 2019 Winners!
The FISCHER PRIZE CONTEST WINNER is Carlos Andrés Gómez
The CANTOR PRIZE WINNER is Renee Podunovich
FISCHER PRIZE FINALISTS
First: Kurt Luchs
Second: John Macker
Third: Donald Marbury
Fourth: Phyllis Klein
Fifth: Susan Browne
FISCHER PRIZE RUNNERS UP
First: Greg Bell
Second: Jonathan Greenhause
Third: Albert Flynn DeSilver
Fourth: Devreaux Baker
Fifth: Robert J. Hejna
Sixth: Deborah Kay Kelly
Seventh: Gwylym Cano
HISTORY OF THE FISCHER PRIZE POETRY CONTEST
Started in 1997, the Fischer Prize began with the Telluride Writers Guild, at the instigation of Art Goodtimes, was sustained for many years by the Telluride Council on the Arts & Humanities (which became Telluride Arts) and by Elaine Fischer, and most recently was re-energized and expanded by Goodtimes and the Telluride Institute’s Talking Gourds Poetry Program.
A poetry award named for Mark and Elaine Fischer – two Colorado creatives and champions of the arts. Mark was a brilliant lawyer poet who died young, and Elaine his artist widow who went on to become Mayor of Telluride and a San Miguel County Commissioner for four terms (2000-2016). She passed away Memorial Day weekend 2016.
What started as a county $100 award for local poets, moved to a statewide focus, then a regional Southwestern target audience, followed by a Western U.S. scan and has now widened its scope – making the awards available to poets in the entire country. The current prize award is $1000 for the winning poem.
New in 2018, thanks to a generous donation from the Cantor Family, we initiated a $500 Cantor Award for the winning poem in the Fischer Prize contest from a Colorado poet. In this way, we honor the Fischers with a national prize, and the Cantors with a state prize.