NICEVILLE — The James and Christian LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest recently announced the winners for 2019.

Chance Freytag of Destin won first place and a $100 cash prize for his poem “Loneliness is former United States President Richard Nixon.”

Freytag’s poem will be published in April in the 2019 issue of Northwest Florida State College’s annual journal of art and literature, Blackwater Review. The poem will be identified as the contest winner.

Alizabeth Turner-Ward of Niceville placed second with her poem “Remember You are Stardust.” Turner-Ward won a $50 cash prize.

Courtney Swanson of Shalimar placed third with her poem “How to be a Child,” and won $25.

The college will present awards and recognize the winners 5 p.m. April 18 in the Student Services Center's Raider Café, Building 400 at 100 College Blvd., Niceville.

For 33 years the LaRoche name has been associated with poetry at NWF State. In 1986, Christian LaRoche instituted the James N. LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest to honor her late husband, who was a poet and an instructor at the college from 1968-1983.

After his mother's death, their son Frederic changed the name to the James and Christian LaRoche Memorial Poetry Contest. The annual contest is open to all NWF State undergraduates.

For more information, contact Amy Ridell at 850-863-6529 or visit