More to the story-
chicago poetry bust
and I got my check and certificate for winning the Free verse First prize from the Alabama Writer's Conclave- it was very humbling to note I beat out, among others, Allison Joseph, esteemed editor of Crab Orchard Review and professor at Southern Illinois Univ at Carbondale.
She did win first prize in traditional forms, however (I didn't enter that).
It's good to get a check. Particularly for poetry.