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 Spring Contest winners:

Congratulations to Taneum, Jos, Karen, Charlie, Thomas, Hannah, Maria, Jessie, Claire, Janet, Melissa, and Oliver!

The six winning writers were paired with the six winning broadside artists to create limited edition broadsides to commemorate their work. Please join us for an opening reception for the resulting broadside exhibit at the Poetry Center. The reception follows the second night of the Creative Writing MFA Graduate Readings; the reading takes place on May 16, 2016, at 7:00 PM.


Taneum Bambrick (Academy of American Poets Prize) is a second-year poetry MFA candidate at the University of Arizona. She recently interned at Copper Canyon Press, and currently serves as an editorial assistant for Narrative Magazine. Her work appears or is forthcoming in The Nashville Review, New Delta Review, and Cloud Rodeo. She writes poems and essays on her experiences working around the reservoirs of two massive dams. 

Jos Charles (UA Poetry Center Award) is a trans poet and writer. They are author of Safe Space, forthcoming from Ahsahta Press. They are founding-editor of THEM: a trans literary journal. They have writing published (and/or publications forthcoming) with Denver Quarterly, Action Yes, Washington Square Review, Capilano Review, The Feminist Wire, BitchMedia, Entropy, GLAAD, LAMBDA Literary, and elsewhere. 

Karen Domnitch (UA School of Art Broadside Award) lived in NYC for many years before making Tucson her permanent residence in 1997. She has attended many art schools, including the Art Students League, The Corcoran School of Art, Parsons School of Design, and finally the UA School of Art where she received her BFA with an emphasis in Studio Painting. Karen has a wonderful studio at home where she has two letterpress printers, type, and other wonderful equipment to make art. She lives with husband, Dennis Jones, a sculptor and former professor and administrator of the School of Art at the U of A. Their two German Shepherds (Shedders), Rosie and Reagan, are a bonus.

Charlie d’Eve (Margaret Sterling Memorial Poetry Award) is currently a MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Arizona. She co-runs an all-arts magazine called Gap Tooth with fellow poet Emily Lakehomer out of Portland, OR. Her work received the 2012 Academy of American Poets award, and has been featured in publications including Pathos, The Finger, From Bellingham, With Love, and Potluck. Recently, she has taken an interest in the poetics of spare exploration, and tattoo artistry.

Thomas Dai (Margaret Sterling Memorial Poetry Award) is an MFA student at the University of Arizona focusing in Creative Nonfiction. A failed biologist, Thomas has done field work in British Columbia, Australia, and elsewhere. He spent most of the last year walking around various cities in China, and is a reliable source of questionable travel advice on that part of the world. His writing and photos can be found recently in Guernica and also on his blog tdai698.tumblr.com.

Hannah Fournier (UA School of Art Broadside Award) is a first-year MFA design student at The University of Arizona. She grew up in Ohio and received her BA in studio art and mathematics at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH. Hannah strives for clean, friendly, and witty designs that emphasize the importance of typography and craft. Her work has been published in Graphic Design USA and Print Magazine.

Maria Lee (UA School of Art Broadside Award) was born in Honolulu and grew up on the Big Island.  She has a BFA from University of Hawaii, an MFA in printmaking from the University of Arizona and currently teaches Book Arts at Pima Community College.  www.marialeeart.com

An undergraduate student from Wasilla, Alaska, Jessie Marman (UA School of Art Broadside Award) will receive a BFA in Studio Art this spring. Her work often explores the relationship between natural environments and design, receiving numerous awards including the Honors College Social Responsibility prize and the University of Arizona Pillars of Excellence award. Upon graduating, she looks forward to beginning work as a user experience designer for Honeywell Aerospace in Tempe, Arizona.

Claire Meuschke (UA Poetry Center Award) is a Chinese-Native American-white poet who has lived in the Bay Area, Brooklyn, parts of New Mexico, and now Tucson. She is a recent winner of the Western Humanities Review's Mountain West Writers' Contest, forthcoming in the winter 2016 issue. Her work has appeared in Lungfull! Magazine.

Oliver Padilla (UA School of Art Broadside Award) is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. He received his Bachelors of Fine Art from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California in 2013. Padilla’s first solo exhibition “The Excelsior Archive” and “My Mornings in San Francisco” were shown at Tecoah and Bruce Gallery in San Francisco as part of this BFA Thesis exhibition. In 2014 Padilla received the University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship. Padilla’s current work is a reflection of him exploring life as a second-generation American.

Janet Towle (LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award) is an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Arizona. Her work has appeared in The Normal School and is forthcoming from Eleven Eleven

Melissa Yepiz (UA School of Art Broadside Award) is a visual communications student majoring in Graphic Design in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. She is from a small but beautiful border town, Rio Rico, Arizona, and currently lives in Tucson while she finishes her undergraduate studies. Her work draws inspiration from many different places and people: from various artists and designers from across the globe, from music, and above all from her amazingly supportive and loving family.  She hopes to continue creating and learning new ways to communicate and visualize experiences as well as absorb all the life and culture that surrounds her in her day to day life so that she may in return too share her bits of wisdom with the world.


Honorable mentions, as selected by the contest judges:

Thomas Dai (LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award)
Emily Maloney (LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Award)
Japheth Ajit Paul (UA School of Art Broadside Award)


The writing contests were judged by TC Tolbert (Poetry Awards) and Stacey Richter (LaVerne Harrell Clark 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.
 

Congratulations to all!

 

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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