University of Arizona Student Poetry Contests - Spring Contests

UA Student Poetry Contests: Academy of American Poets, Margaret Sterling, and Poetry Center Awards

Each spring, the Poetry Center administers these annual poetry awards, which are 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 five prizes are offered concurrently and are available to all eligible students who apply.

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the addition of the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won one of the University & College Poetry Prizes sponsored by the Academy of American Poets will be considered for this $1,000 award. For more information, please visit their website.





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. The fiction contest is open to all graduate students in the creative writing or English department at the University of Arizona. $1,000 will be awarded for an outstanding work of fiction. The 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.

 

We are delighted to announce our 2016 Judges:
TC Tolbert (UA Student Contests) and Stacey Richter (LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award)!

TC Tolbert often identifies as a trans and genderqueer feminist, collaborator, dancer, and poet but really s/he’s just a human in love with humans doing human things. The author of Gephyromania (Ahsahta Press 2014) and 3 chapbooks, TC is also co-editor (along with Trace Peterson) of Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics (Nightboat Books 2013). His favorite thing in the world is Compositional Improvisation (which is another way of saying being alive).

Stacey Richter is the author of the short story collections My Date with Satan and Twin Study. Her work has been widely anthologized and has won many prizes, including four Pushcart Prizes and a National Magazine Award.

Guidelines for the UA Student Poetry Contest:

Open to all full-time, UA graduate and undergraduate students. Submissions will be accepted beginning on January 15, 2016.

Deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016

Please make sure the poems you submit are exactly as you want them. Revisions will not be accepted while your poems are under review. Winners will be allowed to revise once the work has been accepted.

***To submit, please visit our Submittable page.***

Submission guidelines:

  • 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.
  • We do not accept previously published work.

Winning prize money will be posted to students' Bursar's Account. Students are asked to please clear up any charges on their Bursar's account to ensure that they receive their full award. For more information about the UA Student Contests, please email Hannah Ensor at hensor@email.arizona.edu, or call (520) 626-0709.

Please submit here: https://universityofarizonapoetrycenter.submittable.com/submit

Guidelines for the LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award:



Open to all UA graduate students in the Creative Writing or English Departments.

Submissions will be accepted beginning on January 15, 2016.

DeadlineMonday, February 15, 2016

Please make sure the poems you submit are exactly as you want them. Revisions will not be accepted while your workis  under review. Winners will be allowed to revise once the work has been accepted.

***To submit, please visit our Submittable page.***

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.
  • We do not accept previously published work.

Winning prize money will be posted to students' Bursar's Account. Students are asked to please clear up any charges on their Bursar's account to ensure that they receive their full award. For more information about the UA Student Contests, please email Hannah Ensor at hensor@email.arizona.edu, or call (520) 626-0709.

Guidelines for the UA Student Broadside Contest:

The UA Student Broadside Contest is administered by the School of Art Book Art and Letterpress Lab. Due to financial restrictions, only full-time UA students are eligible to receive prize money for these contests, but community members in good standing with the UA Letterpress Lab are welcome to submit. 

Five winners of the Broadside Contest will be paired with winners of its parallel contest, UA Student Poetry Contests, to create a limited-edition broadside reproducing an excerpt or the entirety of one of the poetry winners’ poems. Upon completing this collaboration, winners will be awarded $100 each.

Submission guidelines:

  • To be eligible, artists must have letterpress printing experience with the School of Art Book Art and Letterpress Lab.
  • Please submit three images for consideration.
  • Your submission of images can represent a sample of your previous two-dimensional artistic work and range. At least one image must be of work with letterpress edition printing.
  • Submissions must be formatted as JPGs or PDFs and must not include the artist’s name.
  • Deadline: Monday, March 7, 2016 by midnight MST.

***To submit, please visit our Submittable page.***

 

 

Past Student Poetry Contest Winners

Academy of American Poets Award Winners
The Academy of American Poets sponsors 200 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and universities nationwide. The prize has been awarded at the University of Arizona since 1979, through the Poetry Center. Former UA winners include Mark Doty, Li-Young Lee, Tony Hoagland.

2015: Nick Greer
2014: Jarrett Eakins
2013: Meg Wade
2012: Melissa Goodrich
2011: Sean Rys
2010: Madison Bertenshaw
2009: Drew Krewer
2008: Drew Krewer
2007: Matt Rotando
2006: Laura Maher
2005: Dawn Pendergast

Margaret Sterling Memorial Award Winners:

2015: Sally McCallum & Matthew Schmidt
2014: Sylvia Chan, Jess Jenkins
2013: Hannah Ensor, Melissa Goodrich
2012: Blake Whalen-Encalarde, Kelly Scherwitzki
2011: Erin Armstrong, Whitney DeVos
2010: Christopher Nelson, Sean Rys
2009: Chelsea Hodson
2008: Christine Bell, Shloka Mangharam
2007: Marina Kaganova, Shelly Taylor
2006: Arianne Zwartjes, Claire L. Shefchik
2005: Kristi Maxwell, Anna Fulford

Poetry Center Award Winners:

2015: Liam Swanson & Brianna Sheaffer
2014: Jake Syersak, Mason Gates
2013: Cory Aaland, Jess Jenkins
2012: Emelia Reuterfors, Jordan Young
2011: Sean F. Munro, David Campbell
2010: Andrew Shuta, Sarah Kortemeier
2009: Zach Buscher, Meagan Lehr
2008: Rachel Springer, Joseph Mains
2007: Lauren Eggert-Crowe, Arianne Zwartjes
2006: Marty Hebrank
2005: Molly Cooney, Marty Hebrank

UA Student Broadside Contest Winners:

2015: Katherine Killian, Travis Boswell, Jiasi He, Jared Pinon, Andrew Shuta
 

The Academy of American Poets, Margaret Sterling, and Poetry Center Awards are funded through the Friends of the Poetry Center, the Margaret Sterling Memorial Award, and the Academy of American Poets, and receive additional support from the Hattie Lockett Award. The UA Student Broadside Contest Awards are funded by the UA School of Art, in partnership with the UA Book Art & Letterpress Lab.
 

Past LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award Winners

2014: Laura Miller
2012: Lawrence Lenhart
2010: Benjamin Rybeck

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