The Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, sponsored by Madwomen in the Attic, is an annual contest open to women writers over the age of 40 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, currently living in the U.S., who have not published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or non-fiction.

2022 Award Winner

Jana-Lee Germaine

Title: First Night

As winner of the 2022 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award, Germaine will receive $1,000; a public reading in Pittsburgh, PA, with judge CM Burroughs in Spring 2023; round-trip travel and lodging for her public reading; and publication of her winning poem in Voices from the Attic, Volume XXVIII.

Germaine Headshot

About the winner: JANA-LEE GERMAINE’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Cimarron Review, EcoTheo Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Sugar House Review, Presence, december, Rock & Sling, New South, The Windhover, Literary Mama, The Baltimore Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. She earned an MFA from Emerson College and is a senior poetry reader for Ploughshares. A survivor of domestic violence in her first marriage, she lives with her very nice second husband, four children, and four rescue cats in semi-rural Massachusetts.

Past award winners

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