Illustration by Johanna Lindsholm

Food Verse Contest

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 Send unpublished poems with food as an ingredient. 2,000 words max.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. 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.

Remember: email submissions are NOT currently accepted.

All reading fees (by check or money order)
should be made out to
Literal Latté
and mailed with entry manuscripts to

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

Literal Latte Food Verse Contest Winners

Please note that this listing may be incomplete.

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 français….

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Spring 2011 Issue

Bon Appetit By Carol Milkuhn

Winner, 2010 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
We relax over lunch, sipping Courvoisier floats,
savoring lemon slices sugared in champagne,
while the waiter brings paté spiced with caper berries…

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Fall 2010 Issue

Igneous or “of fire” By Rosemary Royston

Winner, 2010 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
Magma undulates in the mantle, forming as the Earth’s plates collide.
      A man and woman collide
      in a café. He pays for the coffee…

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Summer 2009 Issue

What Frommer’s Left Out By Laurel Bastian

Winner, 2009 Literal Latte Food Verse Contest.
The Ristorante di Memoria
has a zealot for a chef….

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