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 following prizes are offered concurrently and are available to all eligible students who apply. Winning prize money will be posted to each 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.

The Academy of American Poets is pleaseed to announce the addition this year of the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Starting in Spring 2014, 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.





We are delighted to announce our 2015 Judge: Wendy S. Walters!

Wendy S. Walters is the author of a forthcoming book of essays, Multiply/Divide (Sarabande, 2015) and two books of poems Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem, 2014) and Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook.  She was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere.  She has won a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a scholarship from Bread Loaf, and multiple fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.  She is a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review and Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York.


 

Guidelines for the UA Student Poetry Contest:

Open to all full-time, UA graduate and undergraduate students.

DeadlineThursday, February 19, 2015

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 your poems are under review. Winners will be allowed to revise once the work has been accepted.

**Check back at this page for the link to enter your poems via Submittable in January 2015.**

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.

Congratulations to 2014's UA Student Contest and LaVerne Harrell Clark Contest winners!

The Poetry Center is thrilled to announce this year's winners of the UA Student Contest and LaVerne Harrell Clark Contest. Please read what this year's judges--Timothy Liu (UA Student Contest) and Elizabeth Frankie Rollins (LaVerne Harrell Clark Contest)--had to say about this year's winning work:

 

Academy of American Poets Prize

Jarrett Eakins, "Poems I'm Afraid Of": "Freud said that there were four things worth talking about in therapy: Fears, Dreams, Love/Sex, and whatever else might be going on in the room between two people."
 

Margaret Sterling Memorial Awards

Sylvia Chan, "All of This To Adam": "These poems move fluidly between body and mind, culture and nature, creating portraits of what love might look/feel like in the 21st Century."

Jess Jenkins, From Beartown: "I admire the humane and political engagement of these poems, the outrage, the intensities that re built up layer by layer, the fugal densities/complexities."
 

Poetry Center Prizes

Jake Syersak, "Suddenly a Wayward to Thinking Words": "These ruminations on etymologies and language in the micro responsbily mate the corporeal with the ethical, re-instilling our faith in erotic avant-garde practice."

Mason Gates, "The Phnom Penh Times": "Here, the journey without mirrors the journey within, transforming lyrical reportage into something transpersonal as it maps the mind's vertiginous shifts."
 

LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize

Laura Miller, "The Turnip Girl": 'The Turnip Girl' is intensely original, despite its lineage of fairy tale lore. What is seamy and what is authentic are entwined here. There's a con man creating real magic, turning women into root vegetables, but the larger problem is that he's just a selfish lover. The woman-turned-turnip-girl is charming. She doesn't take her turnip-ness and weep. She tries to re-spell herself. She grows a tooth. She grows deformed wings. She tries very hard. Before she gets boiled (as in a cartoon) with the other lady-vegetable, she sprouts a seed. This seed gets planted and her descendant becomes part of the old Russian turnip tale, where a giant turnip is pulled from the ground. That was a boring fairy tale, but this is a prequel, a birth. Tale and form alike are wrangled anew. A woman falls into the trap of cheap love, uses her own powers, her own capacity to birth something good out of the 'damn spell' she's fallen under. This story is a metaphor for lousy relationships, for a fledging sense of self, for the ruin that comes to us before we know it."
 

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. 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.



Guidelines for the LHC Fiction Award:

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

This biannual award will next be open for submissions in January 2016.

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

**PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK**

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.

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.

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:

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:

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

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.

Past LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award Winners

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

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