2024 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, 2024.




1st Place – $500

James A. Tweedie, “Free to Be the PRC”

2nd Place – $250

Alan Orsborn, “River Li in Twilight”

3rd Place – $100

Shindy Cai, “Unbroken”

4th Place

Maura H. Harrison, “Come Truthfulness”


Honorable Mentions

Maureen Anne Browne, “The Gentler Art”

Laura Plummer, “Grandpa Doesn’t Smile Anymore”

Roy E. Peterson, “The Chinese Tyrant’s Torrid Terror”

Carissa Coane, “Heavenly Bodies”

Helen Drayton, “The Gong Sounds for Human Rights”

K.G. Munro, “To the Fallen of Falun Gong”


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.