2022 Poetry Competition Winners



First, Friends of Falun Gong thanks all its poet participants. We received some great submissions! It was a delight to read so many touching and well-crafted poems. Our lists of contest winners and honorable mentions are below, with easy, clickable links to the poems. We happily publish these poems today to help commemorate World Falun Dafa Day, 2022.




1st Place – $500

Brian Yapko, “Amends to the Innocent”

2nd Place – $250

Bethany Mootsey, “A Villanelle for Falun Gong”

3rd Place – $100

Maura Harrison, “Falun Gong and the Beast”

4th Place

Susan Jarvis Bryant, “Honor’s Song”


Honorable Mentions

Emma Yan, “I Am Not We Anymore”

Cynthia Erlandson, “And Finally They Came For ….”

Lucia Haase, “Choices”

Allegra Silberstein, “Will They Ever Learn”

James A. Tweedie, “The Great Wall of China”


Contest Judges


Evan Mantyk, President of The Society of Classical Poets

(with additional helpful eyes from the FoFG Editorial Staff)

Note from the Editors: most of these poems were written by poets who just recently learned about Falun Gong and the persecution. While we recognize and commend these poems as voices of support, they do not represent Falun Gong itself or even the views of FoFG as an organization. For a genuine understanding of the practice, one would have to explore the teachings at their very source.