University of Arizona Student Contests

Fall Contest

Hattie Lockett Awards

The Hattie Lockett Awards are presented annually to three students who, in the fall of their senior year, are judged to have demonstrated the greatest promise as poets. Three prizes of $300 each are awarded to all three winners.  This award was established in 1978 by Clay Lockett in memory of his mother, Hattie Greene Lockett (1880-1962). An Arizona teacher, sheep rancher and writer, she was president of the Arizona League of American Pen Women and served as their poetry chairman. She also inaugurated Arizona Poetry Day. Learn more about Hattie Lockett here.

2013 Judge: Peggy Shumaker, UA MFA Alum and author of Toucan Nest (Red Hen Press, 2013).

Deadline: September 23, 2013 by 5 p.m.

We're now only accepting submissions via Submittable. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Please make sure the poems you submit are exactly as you want them. Revisions will not be accepted while poems are under review. Winners will be allowed to revise once the work has been accepted. Please click here to submit.

Submissions should include:

  • Submit a typed manuscript of three poems totaling no more than ten pages.
  • Poems should be included in one document.
  • We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.
  • Name should not appear on work.

Spring Contests

Academy of American Poets, Margaret Sterling and Poetry Center Awards

The Poetry Center administers this annual poetry contest, which is open to all full time University of Arizona students. Contestants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students at the University of Arizona in the current semester. The following prizes are offered concurrently and are available to all eligible students who apply. Academy of American Poets: one $200 prize, Margaret Sterling Memorial Awards: two $100 prizes, Poetry Center Awards: two $100 prizes.

2014 Judge: Timothy Liu, author of Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse (Talisman House, 2009).

Deadline: February 14, 2014 by 5 p.m.

We're now only accepting submissions via Submittable. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Please make sure the poems you submit are exactly as you want them. Revisions will not be accepted while poems are under review. Winners will be allowed to revise once the work has been accepted. Please click here to submit.

Submissions should include:

  • Submit a typed manuscript of up to three poems (10 pages total).
  • The manuscript should be included in one document.
  • We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.
  • Name should not appear on work

The LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award

This award has been established in the memory of LaVerne Harrell Clark, noted author and photographer, and first director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Open to all UA graduate students in the Creative Writing or English Department.

2014 Judge: Elizabeth Frankie Rollins, author of The Sin Eater and Other Stories (Queen's Ferry Press, 2013).

Deadline: February 14, 2014 by 5 p.m..

We're now only accepting submissions via Submittable. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Please make sure the poems you submit are exactly as you want them. Revisions will not be accepted while poems are under review. Winners will be allowed to revise once the work has been accepted. Please click here to submit.

Submissions should include:

  • Submit a typed manuscript of up to 20 pages of fiction (ex: short story, novel excerpt).
  • The manuscript should be included in one document.
  • We only accept DOC, DOCX, PDF, and RTF files.
  • Name should not appear on work.

For questions and more information about these UA Student Contests, please email Allie Leach at leach@email.arizona.edu, or call (520) 626-0709.

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