University of Arizona Student Poetry Contests - Fall Contest

The Hattie Lockett Undergraduate Student Poetry Awards

The Hattie Lockett Awards are presented annually to students who, in the fall of their senior year, are judged to have demonstrated the greatest promise as poets. 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.

The Hattie Lockett awards are open to UA undergraduate seniors enrolled in at least 12 hours of course work at the time of the contest

The 2016 contest will open to submissions in August 2016, and the deadline for submissions will be soon thereafter. Further guidelines, and a link to our submittable page, will be found here as we approach the fall.

For questions and more information about the Hattie Lockett contest, please contact Hannah Ensor at, or call (520) 626-0709.


2015 Hattie Lockett awards: winners!

The winners of the 2015 Hattie Lockett awards are Sheila Dong, Dana Pattison, and Gabriel Palacios

Congratulations to Sheila, Dana, and Gabriel, and thank you to all who submitted!!


Past Winners:

2014: Sally McCallum, Mason Gates, Richard Leis
2013: Paul Thomson, Katarina Lee, Daniel Marks
2012: Mika Jankowski, Ryan Mills, Morgan Shnier
2011: Christy Delehanty, Joe Loeffler, Cameron Louie
2010: Madison Bertenshaw, Katherine LaRue, Housten Owen Donham [read their work]
2009: Hallie Havican, Brett Larson, Julie Swarstad
2008: Julieann Paladin Dela Cruz, Andrew Shuta, Chelsea Hodson
2007: Kellie Davies, Jacob Levine, Lauren Harrison.
2006: Brandon Kreitler, Claire Shefchik, Marianne Go
2005: Marina Kaganova, James Garza, Emily Stuart



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