Frances Potts of Sunnyside was one of three Yakima County residents who won cash prizes in the National Amateur Poetry Competition sponsored by Eber and Wein Publishing of Shrewsbury, Pa.
James R. Milliron, a Yakima chiropractor, won the first place $2,000 prize. Potts' poem, No Time in the World, won a second place prize. The poem Love Lost by Adelaide Dyson of Yakima placed third.
Their poems were among 10,000 entries from across the nation and Canada.
In last year's competition, Milliron's poem White Horse, which is set in the Wenas, was also a prize-winner. After this year's win with his poem To Writers R.A. and Tom, Rachel Eber, president of the sponsoring publishing house, invited Milliron to submit a collection of his poems for entry in a national book competition.
"I'm putting together about 40 poems for that," said Milliron, who has had his poetry accepted in publications in Washington, Idaho and Pennsylvania.
"The poem I entered is the only one I have ever written," said Potts, a retired journalist and author of the recently released novel, The Diary. She said the poem sprang out of frustration.
"When my mind is flooded with emotions or thoughts I can do nothing about, I put them on paper. For me, that eases the confusion," Potts explained. "No Time in the World takes place on a battlefield, and I wrote it to express the futility of war as a solution to anything and the sorrow I feel over the loss of young lives."
Potts said she thinks No Time in the World will be her first and only stab at poetry, but she is working on a collection of short stories.
Eber and Wein awarded 121 prizes in this year's competition, with nine of the winners from Washington state.