The Sol Magazine 2003 Poet Laureate Special Edition is online. 
(The file was last revised on 4/4/2004 to alter the page footers and margins to allow for proper two sided printing. Hyperlinks for paging were removed as the bookmark feature is much better.)  It is 54 paper pages when printed.  File size is approximately 2 MB.  (Display of the first page will be slow, especially for dial-up users.  Some tests show at least 7 minutes at 45Kbps for the full document.)

Using the above link for the edition will open a new browser window, but depending on how your plug-ins are implemented will determine if that window will actually display the document, or if a separate window is opened dedicated to the Adobe Viewer.

Note that the 2003 Poet Laureate Special Edition is not included in our search engine as there is an extra charge to index PDF documents and Sol does not have any funding to cover that capability.

This Edition was composed to the printed page using Serif's Page Plus software, keeping a very minimum of movement across pages and columns that is typical when viewing a document formatted for the printed page.  The bookmark feature of PDF was used so that online viewing can be easily navigated to any poet, but a conventional table of contents is provided for those that care to print the document.  You can activate the bookmark display (if it is not already shown by default) by clicking the tab labelled bookmark.  It can also be detached from the main window to create a separate small window that can be placed under the main Adobe Viewer window when not needed (this nice feature will not work if the viewer opens in an Internet Explorer window).  Adobe Viewer 6.0 (see last paragraph below)  is highly recommended.

Because of display differences in the HTML pages when viewed on different screen resolutions and with different browsers, it has been decided to use only PDF format for posting this edition to the web site.  The PDF (Portable Document Format) will allow all viewers to see and print the edition with the same appearance.

PDF is widely used on the web and nearly every computer has the Adobe Acrobat Viewer to view .pdf files.  Many computers are now configured to directly view .pdf files internal to the browsers as opposed to a separate application being called.  However, since Acrobat is usually supplied on a new computer, many folks have never upgraded and are still running older versions of the free Acrobat that might date back a few years.  The current version of the free software is 6.0 and can be obtained here: and I recommend an upgrade, especially those still on a version that is prior to 5.1.  That link will support many platforms, not just Windows.


The following is the previous contents of this page:
Sol Magazine’s Poet Laureate 2003 
Competition Information

This competition is by invitation only

Sol Magazine's newest Poet Laureate will be announced in the special Poet Laureate 2003 Edition in early June.  Watch the Sol Home page for announcement notice.

Thirty-five poets were asked to take part in this year’s contests.
Thirty accepted the invitation.
 30 poets
 20 poets
 10 poets
 6 poets

Finalists (listed alphabetically)
Elizabeth Barrette
Gary Blankenship
Kathy Kehrli
Deborah P. Kolodji 
Tanya R. Larson 
Maureen Wood
Temple City 

Sol Magazine’s Poets Laureate
Martha Kirby Capo
Lois Lay Castiglioni
John E. Rice
Betty Ann Whitney
Poet Laureate 2002
Poet Laureate 2001
Poet Laureate 1999 - 2000
Poet Laureate 1998