Allied Arts Foundation provides $15,000 in grant funding for artists. The artistic category changes each year.

We are proud to announce the winners of this year’s award in POETRY!

Our next awards will be given in the genre of CRAFTS. Details will be posted in early 2021.

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This year’s award process involved multiple rounds of jurying and the review of 68 submissions from throughout Washington State.

Our jury was comprised of poetry professionals located in Seattle, Spokane, Walla Walla, and the Olympic Peninsula.

Allied Arts Foundation was impressed by the variety of applications, the high quality presented, and the level of dedication to the art of poetry that was evident.

Special thanks goes to Nancy Mee & Dennis Evans for funding our top grant award, and to our last-minute donors who funded our three Honorable Mention awards.

The 2020 Artist Grant Awards in Poetry are funded, in part, by:

Utopian Heights Studio

Raven Foundation

$5,000 Nancy Mee & Dennis Evans Award in the Arts

Kary WaysonKary Wayson

A longtime resident of Seattle, Kary Wayson works as a poetry teacher and freelance editor, as well as an associate editor for Poetry Northwest.

Kary has won many awards for her work, including the “Discovery”/The Nation Prize, the Crazyhorse/Linda Hull Memorial Prize, The Charles B. Wheeler Prize for her first book, American Husband, and The Burnside Review Prize for her second, The Slip.

$2,500 Professional Poets Awards

Laura McKeeLaura McKee
Seattle poet Laura McKee received a BA from the University of Utah and an MFA from the University of Washington. Her first collection, Uttermost Paradise Place, published by Copper Canyon Press, was selected by Claudia Keelan for the 2009 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. See You Soon was published through the University of Arkansas Press as a finalist for the Miller Williams Prize.

Rena PriestRena Priest
A poet and a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, Rena’s literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with a 2018 American Book Award. Her most recent collection, Sublime Subliminal, was selected as the finalist for the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. She is a National Geographic Explorer and a Jack Straw Writer (2019). She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Bellingham.

$900 Professional Poets Honorable Mention Awards

Jeannine GaileyJeannine Hall Gailey
Woodinville poet Jeannine Hall Gailey is the author of Becoming the Villainess, She Returns to the Floating World, Unexplained Fevers, The Robot Scientist’s Daughter, and winner of the Moon City Press Book Prize, Field Guide to the End of the World. Her work has been featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, Verse Daily, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Jenifer LawrenceJenifer Browne Lawrence
Jenifer Browne Lawrence is the author of Grayling (Perugia Press) and One Hundred Steps from Shore (Blue Begonia Press). Her awards include the Perugia Press Prize, the Orlando Poetry Prize, and the James Hearst Poetry Prize. Her work appears in Cincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review, Narrative, North American Review, and elsewhere. Jenifer lives in Poulsbo, WA, and has recently retired from serving as editor-in-chief for Crab Creek Review.

Derek SheffieldDerek Sheffield

Derek Sheffield’s collection, Not for Luck, won the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize judged by Mark Doty and is forthcoming from Michigan State University Press in 2021. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, and Dear America. A professor of English at Wenatchee Valley College and poetry editor of, he lives with his family in Leavenworth.

$1,000 Emerging Poets Awards

Judith CamannJudith Camann
A poet, knitter and education specialist living in Seattle, Judith recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Ashland University, adding to her advanced degrees in early childhood education, special education and counseling.

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Linda MalnackLinda Malnack
Linda lives in Normandy Park. Her poetry chapbook, 21 Boxes, was published by dancing girl press in 2016. She was co-editor for the on-line poetry journal, Switched-on Gutenberg, for 20+ years and currently volunteers as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Crab Creek Review.

Holly ThomasHolly Thomas
Holly is a freelance editor, writer, poet, and artist with more than thirty years of wordsmithing experience. A native of upstate New York, she moved to Seattle in the mid-1990s and now lives on Whidbey Island. Her first book, Pluck Another Apple, Eve, And Finish It, was published in 2019.

Joanna ThomasJoanna Thomas
Both poet and visual artist, Joanna lives in Ellensburg. Her poems have appeared in Found Poetry Review, petrichor, and Picture Sentence; her chapbook blue•bird (bloo-burd) is forthcoming from Milk & Cake Press in 2021. You can find her at and

Scott WoodhamScott Woodham
An Associate English instructor at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake, Scott was chosen to receive a 2019 Exceptional Faculty Award grant. He is a former Opinion Pages Editor and columnist at Alaska Dispatch News and earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University in Kentucky.

2020 Summary:

Allied Arts Foundation awarded eleven grants to poets living in Washington State.

  • ESTABLISHED POETS: One Nancy Mee and Dennis Evans Award in the Arts for $5,000, and two $2,500 awards to poets with one or more full-length publications or 20 pages of poetry published in the last seven years. Thanks to last minute funding from our generous donors, we awarded three Honorable Mention awards of $900.
  • EMERGING POETS: Five $1,000 grants to poets of any experience.

Applicants filled out the application below, including submitting the following:

  • 10 pages of poetry
  • An artist statement
  • An artist resume
  • A non-refundable $20 entry fee

Entries were judged anonymously.

Complete details for 2020:


Submission period for this opportunity closed on June 15.

Work Funded

This year’s artist awards focused on Poetry, with no restriction on the type of poetry (rhymed, unrhymed, free verse, blank verse, narrative, prose poetry, found poetry, traditional and invented forms, etc., were all accepted).

Submitted work was required to be the original creation of the author.

Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to judge spoken word, audio, video, performance, or mixed-media work, and we were unable accept these. Foreign language, translations, and collaborative works were also ineligible.


Applicants must have met the following requirements:

  • WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENTS: Applicants must reside in Washington State.
    • Emerging Poets: No publication requirements.
    • Established Poets: Must have published:
      • At least one volume of 48 or more pages of poetry (self-published volumes are not eligible); or
      • Have had published, between January 1, 2013, and May 31 2020, twenty or more individual poems or pages of poetry that appear in at least five literary journals, anthologies, or publications which regularly include poetry as a portion of their format. (Publication credits to be listed on resume. For online publications, a page of poetry is considered to be 20 lines or less.)
  • ARTISTS SPONSORED BY ALLIED ARTS FOUNDATION INELIGIBLE: Artists who have former or active fiscal sponsorship contracts with Allied Arts Foundation are ineligible to apply.
  • CURRENT OR FORMER STAFF, BOARD MEMBERS, CONTRACTORS, & COMMITTEE MEMBERS of Allied Arts Foundation or Floating Bridge Press are ineligible to apply.

Merit Based Awards

  • These awards were judged and scored by a panel of literary professionals whose decisions will be based solely on submitted materials.
  • Jurors were not informed of author names or contact information. Author names and contact information submitted on resumes were redacted by Allied Arts Foundation.
  • Applicants did NOT have to submit a project description, budget, or needs statement. We are most interested in artist talent, passion, and the inspiration for the art.
  • Awarded funds were unrestricted and may be used at the artist’s discretion. All decisions by the jury are final. Jurors will also remain anonymous.

IRS Reporting Requirements

Awarded grant funds are considered Earned Income by the IRS and must be reported on your taxes. Award winners will be required to submit a signed Form W-9 to Allied Arts Foundation. Forms 1099 reporting the grant award will be sent by Allied Arts Foundation to the IRS with a copy sent to the award winners.

Award Timeline

  • Applications accepted beginning April 1, 2020
  • Submission deadline Monday, June 15, 2020, 11:30 PM
  • Award announcements: Late July, 2020



To be considered for a grant you must do the following by 11:30 PM on June 15, 2020:

  1. Complete the application form below, including uploading your files.
  2. Submit your non-refundable $20 Application Fee.
    However, if this is prohibitive to you, please email us at and we will help.

Late materials cannot be considered.

For questions about your application, email Jeff Rinedahl, Operations Manager:

Please allow plenty of time to complete the form and to provide the appropriate support documents. Allied Arts Foundation has only one part-time staff person; last-minute requests cannot be accommodated.

I.   Application Form & Supporting Documents – Closed June 15, 2020

II.  $20 Application Fee

Applications submitted without the entry fee being received or postmarked by June 15, 2020 will be ineligible. Entry fees are not refundable for any reason whatsoever.

If you need assistance with paying the entry fee, please contact and we’ll be glad to help you.

Fees may be paid one of three ways:

  • By credit card using this blue payment button (preferred):

  • Through PayPal:

  • Or by mailing a check made out to “Allied Arts Foundation – Grants” postmarked by June 15, 2020 to:

Allied Arts Foundation
3518 Fremont Ave N #521
Seattle, WA 98103



For questions about your application, email Jeff Rinedahl,

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