University & College Poetry Prizes

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Established in 1955, the University and College Poetry Prize program began with ten schools. Today, the Academy of American Poets sponsors over two hundred annual poetry prizes at colleges and universities across the U.S, and has awarded cash prizes to nearly ten thousand student poets since the program's inception. The recognition winning student poets receive provides important validation. As one student poet, Emily, shared, "As a young poet the prize not only made me feel as if my work had something of value, it made me feel connected with the broader poetic community. It increased my confidence in my writing and encouraged me to continue working at my craft."

 


History

Many of our most esteemed poets won their first recognition through an Academy of American Poets College Prize, including Diane Ackerman, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Louise Glück, Allen Grossman, Jorie Graham, Kimiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Brad Leithauser, J. D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr, Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Mark Rudman, Mary Jo Salter, Gjertrud Schnackenberg, George Starbuck, Mark Strand, and Charles Wright.

 


Establishing a Prize

The majority of the active University and College Poetry Prizes are endowed in perpetuity.

New U.S. schools are admitted into the program only with a $5,000 endowment contribution, which allows a cash prize of $100 to be awarded each year in perpetuity, enables the Academy of American Poets to provide a year-long membership to the winning student, and assists with the administrative costs of the program. We encourage anyone wishing to endow a college prize to contact the Awards Coordinator before selecting a school. We want to ensure the school's ability to annually award the prize. Additionally, some of our oldest prizes do not yet have endowments, and we would very much like to see them secured.

A prize may be named by the donor or donors, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Donors receive copies of their schools' winning poems each year, as well as a lifetime subscription to American Poets, the Academy's biannual journal.


Prize Eligibility

Each participating school determines whether to make its prize open to undergraduates, graduate students, or both, and sets restrictions on submission length, deadline, and number of poems. No restrictions may be made regarding theme or style. Only registered students of a given participating school are eligible for the prize offered through that institution. If you are a student and have already determined that your school hosts an Academy prize, but do not know whom to contact for guidelines, feel free to contact us for details. Be sure to include the name of the school.

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Contest Procedures

Fall

A faculty member at each participating school, usually in the English department or writing program, works to coordinate the contest with the Academy to ensure that it is properly conducted each year. The prize coordinator serves as a liaison with the Academy, selecting judges and controlling such matters as the contest deadline, eligibility (a contest may be open to undergraduates, graduate students, or both), the number of poems to be submitted by each student, and local publicity.

Spring

The Academy supplies each coordinator with a form for reporting the contest results. The coordinator is required to provide contact information for the winner and data about the contest administration, as well as copies of each winning poem.

Each school awards $100 to a sole winner. In addition, one student may be selected for honorable mention.

The Academy issues prize checks and letters of congratulation to the winners, and also sends letters of congratulation to honorable mentions. All winners are announced in the Academy's Annual Report.


Materials for Coordinators

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2016 University & College Poetry Prize Winners

2015 University & College Poetry Prize Winners


Participating Colleges & Universities

Agnes Scott College 
Prize Name: Janef Preston Poetry Prize
Founded: 1976
Donor: Agnes Scott College
2017 Prizewinner: Maya E. Mackenzie, "Epistle from the Fence"

University of Alabama 
Prize Name: Hill-Kohn Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: University of Alabama

Amherst College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1959
Donor: Trustees of Amherst College
2017 Prizewinner: Josephine Moore, "Crysanthemum"

Aquinas College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Mrs. Linda Nemec Foster
2017 Prizewinner: Catherine Filla, "A Meeting, A Parting"

Arizona State University 
Prize Name: Katherine C. Turner Prize
Founded: 1994
Donor: Ms. Katharine C. Turner
2017 Prizewinner: Jennifer Conlon, "The Correctional Center's First Pool Baptism"

University of Arizona 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of Arizona
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Auburn University 
Prize Name: Robert Hughes Mount Jr. Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mrs. Frances Mayes
2017 Prizewinner: Kate McCollum, "Artemesia in the Dark"

Augsburg College 
Prize Name: John R. Mitchell Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mrs. Jeanette Mitchell
2017 Prizewinner: Annie Dier, "Them, again (iad aris)"

Bard College 
Prize Name: The Flow Chart Foundation/Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: David Kermani, The Flow Chart Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Marita Dancy, "The Fulfillment of Wishes in Dreams"

Baylor University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Beall Poetry Festival
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Beloit College 
Prize Name: Beloit Poetry Journal Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Ms. Marion Stocking
2017 Prizewinner: Devon N P Pruitt, "Tea Leaves"

Bennington College
Prize Name: The Green Prize for Poetry
Founded: 2006
Donor: Kelly Green & Forrest MacGregor
2017 Prizewinner: Frances Revel, "Hymn for the End of Drought"

Bergen Community College 
Prize Name: The Steven W. Chung Poetry Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Steven W. Chung
2017 Prizewinner: Isabel Medina, "A Love Letter"

Boston University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: Boston University Creative Writing Program
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Bowdoin College 
Prize Name: The Academy of American Poets Colette Inez Poetry Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Mr. Jack Miller
2017 Prizewinner: Adam Silberberg, "[as matisse;]"

Bradley University 
Prize Name: Sipple Poetry Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Bradley University
2017 Prizewinner: Gabrielle Grace Hogan, "pools"

Brandeis University 
Prize Name: The Ramon Feliciano Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Marian McDonald
2017 Prizewinner: Jackson Holbert, "Elegy"

Brigham Young University 
Prize Name: Ethel Lowry Handley Poetry Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Ethel Lowry Handley
2017 Prizewinner: Noah Hickman, "I Dream of the Rings of Saturn"

Brooklyn College, CUNY 
Prize Name: Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. Burton Goldberg
2017 Prizewinner: Rebecca Greene, "offSpring"

Brown University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Leander McCormick-Goodhart
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Bryn Mawr College
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Marie Bullock
Founded: 1957
Donor: Mrs. Peter McCormick
2017 Prizewinner: Sanam Sheriff, "To a Lover, Miles Away"

California State University, Fresno (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Larry Levis Memorial Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: The Friends of Larry Levis
2017 Prizewinner: Hannah Riccardi, "Prison at Class"

California State University, Fresno (graduate) 
Prize Name: Ernesto Trejo Memorial Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: The Friends of Ernesto Trejo
2017 Prizewinner: Erik Wilbur, "Simple Future"

California State University, Los Angeles 
Prize Name: Henri Coulette Memorial Award
Founded: 1979
Donor: California State University, Los Angeles
2017 Prizewinner: Katherine Pyne-Jaeger,  "Landscape at a Ruined Delphi" (Undergraduate) and Timothy John Stafford, "The Humble Slaughter" (Graduate)

California State University, Northridge 
Prize Name: George Dillon Memorial Award
Founded: 1968
Donor: California State University, Northridge
2017 Prizewinner: Brian J Andrade, "Dive"

University of California, Berkeley 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Alex Walton, "Pain is a one word answer"

University of California, Davis 
Prize Name: Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Prof. Celeste Turner Wright
2017 Prizewinner: Jamil Jan Kochai, "12:34"

University of California, Irvine 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1969
Donor: Mr. Walter J. Thomson
2017 Prizewinner: Megan Grant, "Apotheosis"

University of California, Los Angeles
Prize Name: Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Ms. Joan LaBombard
2017 Prizewinner: Delphine Sky, "Seasons"

California Polytechnic State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: California Polytechnic State University
2017 Prizewinner: Marissa Ahmadkhani, "Only Half"

Calvin College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Calvin College
2017 Prizewinner: Taylor Hartson, "pueraria"

Carnegie Mellon University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1977
Donor: Carnegie Mellon University
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Central Michigan University
Prize Name: Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize
Founded: 2010
Donor: Phillip Sterling
2017 Prizewinner: Delany Lemke, "Neandertal Songs"

Central Pennsylvania College 
Prize Name: Geraldine G. Britcher Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Yuliani Sutedjo, "The Judgement"

Centre College 
Prize Name: Paul Cantrell Poetry Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mr. Phillip Sterling
2017 Prizewinner: Madison Stuart, "Sawdust"

Chatham College
Prize Name: The Laurie Mansell Reich Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Laurie and Henry Reich
2017 Prizewinner: Shannon Sankey, "Groundskeeper"

University of Cincinnati (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The George Elliston Poetry Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Julia Sharman, "How to be a Vegetable or Nothing at All"

University of Cincinnati (graduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The George Elliston Poetry Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: James Ellenberger, "Petrolia Progenitus"

The City College of San Francisco 
Prize Name: The Felicia Farr Lemon Poetry Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: Mrs. Felicia Farr Lemmon
2017 Prizewinner: Zachariah Hauptman, "today's gender"

Cleveland State University 
Prize Name: Alberta Turner Poetry Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Cleveland State University
2017 Prizewinner: Angelo Maneage, "flaming hot cheetos on the outskirt of dimensions"

Colorado State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: Colorado State University Faculty & Administration
2017 Prizewinner: Cedar Brant, "Boundary"

Columbia College Chicago 
Prize Name: Eileen Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Kelsey Hoff, "Drowning Lessons"

Columbia University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Anonymous
2017 Prizewinner: Glynnis Eldridge, "Describe Vapor Again"

Columbia University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Bennett Poetry Prize
Founded: 1959
Donor: The New York Times Advertising Department
2017 Prizewinner: Halley Furlong-Mitchell, "no one wants to fuck you when you're living"

Connecticut College 
Prize Name:Charles B. Palmer Poetry Award
Founded: 1979
Donor: Connecticut College
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Cooper Union 
Prize Name: Elizabeth Kray Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Cooper Union
2017 Prizewinner: Robert Cipriano, "First of May"

Cornell College 
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Clyde and Jewell Bothwell Tull
Founded: 1990
Donor: Ms. Alice Louise Haug
2017 Prizewinner: John Bendewald, "The Best Poem You'll Ever Read"

Cornell University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Litowitz Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Creighton University 
Prize Name: Oscar M. Macelliao Poetry Prize
Founded: 1989
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Dartmouth College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Dartmouth College
2017 Prizewinner: Abby Starr, "The Color"

University of Delaware 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Robert Sheehan, “Red Dress”

University of Denver 
Prize Name: Edward M. Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Dickinson College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Dickinson College
2017 Prizewinner: Nadia Tivvis, "Rock-a-bye"

Drew University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Susan Vartanian Barba
2017 Prizewinner: Philipe AbiYouness, "11PM at the IHOP"

Duke University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Biddle Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Chloe Hooks, "Background Noise"

Elizabethtown College
Prize Name: The Raymond and Mausolene Stouffer Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Emerson College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Emerson College
2017 Prizewinner: Kevin DeMello Schutt, "Eucharistic Doom Chantie: Boston to F.T Lauderdale"

Emory University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: The Friends of Creative Writing
2017 Prizewinner: Lucy Waigner, "Memorandum: September"

Florida International University 
Prize Name: Christopher F. Kelly Award for Poetry
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. John Bond
2017 Prizewinner: Chloe Firetto-Toomey, "There's a Supemassive Black Hole at The Center of Every Galaxy"

Florida State University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: John McKay Shaw Award
Founded: 1984
Donor: Florida State University
2017 Prizewinner: Gabrielle Tribou, "In the Morning, After a Miraculous Discovery"

Florida State University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: Florida State University
2017 Prizewinner: Jayme Ringleb, "Ode to Dark Matter"

Fordham University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Fordham University
2017 Prizewinner: Aaron Pinnix, "Autobiographic, Thanatotic, Poetic"

Franklin & Marshall College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. C. Hunter Boll
2017 Prizewinner: Terrence Dalton, "Day 1:"

George Mason University 
Prize Name: The Joseph A. Lohman III Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Ms. Judith V. Lelchook
2017 Prizewinner: Emily Green, "On River Road"

George Washington University 
Prize Name: A. E. Claeyssens, Jr. Poetry Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: George Washington University
2017 Prizewinner: Bailey Blumenstock, "Tom is Drunk"

Georgetown University 
Prize Name: Ora Mary Phelam Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: John James, "The Milk Hours"

Georgia Perimeter College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The Chattahoochee Review
2017 Prizewinner: Melvin Douglas, "Goodnight Lullaby"

Georgia College & State University
Prize Name: Frankye Davis Mayes Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mrs. Frances Mayes
2017 Prizewinners: Carolina Duckworth, "Sitting in Counseling Services" (undergraduate) and Isabel Acevedo, "Adam" (graduate)

Gettysburg College 
Prize Name: Marion Zulauf Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. Sander Zulauf
2017 Prizewinner: Benjamin Sherbacow, "Missed Phone Calls"

Grinnell College 
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Lorabel Richardson
Founded: 1994
Donor: Ms. Alice Louise Haug
2017 Prizewinner: Steven Duong, "Poem in Which I Refuse to See a Psychiatrist"

Hamilton College 
Prize Name: Ralph and Doris Hansmann Poetry Prize
Founded: 1962
Donor: Hamilton College
2017 Prizewinner: Alan Yeh, "Images of Diaspora, or at Whom is Buddha Laughing?"

Harrisburg Area Community College 
Prize Name: Dale T. Guhl Memorial Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Hartwick College 
Prize Name: Anna Sonder Prize
Founder: 1979
Donor: Dr. Otto Sonder
2017 Prizewinner: Martha Daniel, "On the Table"

Harvard University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Harvard University
2017 Prizewinner: Joshua Ascherman, "Lapis Lazuli"

University of Hawai’i 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Hofstra University 
Prize Name: Nancy P. Schnader Award
Founded: 1974
Donor: Hofstra University
2017 Prizewinners: Stephanie Malatestinic, "Guinness, Not Sodas"

University of Houston 
Prize Name: Brazos Bookstore/ Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Mr. Karl Kilian
2017 Prizewinner: Chris Hutchinson, "The Green Garden Hose"

Hollins University 
Prize Name: Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize
Founded: 1971
Donor: Mr. W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
2017 Prizewinner: Brooke McKinney, "The Tragedy of Light"

College of the Holy Cross
Prize Name: Dominick Lepore Poetry Award
Founded: 1992
Donor: Dominick J. Lepore
2017 Prizewinner: Ryan Kingsley, "Raking"

Hope College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Hope College
2017 Prizewinner: Elizabeth Ensink, "Coelacanth"

Hunter College 
Prize Name: Catalina Páez & Seumas MacManus Award
Founded: 1987
Donor: Miss Patricia MacManus, Mrs. Mariquita M. Mullan
2017 Prizewinner: Noah Dehmer, "Hunger"

University of Idaho
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Karen Trujillo and Don Burnett
2017 Prizewinners: Ash Goedker, "God saw you getting tired"

Illinois College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Ms. Deborah Klang Smith
2017 Prizewinner: Daniel Korunka, "9:20p(ost)m(ortem)"

Illinois Wesleyan University 
Prize Name: Arthur W. Hinners & Louise Hinners Sipfle Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: Friends & Family of Louise Hinners Sipfle
2017 Prizewinner: John McHugh, "A LAKE, SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2013, 3:13 a.m."

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Prize Name: Ruth Llewellyn Baird Prize
Founded: 1966
Donor: Mrs. Robert D. Wood
2017 Prizewinner: Steven Waddell, "Then/Now"

Indiana University 
Prize Name: The Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Indiana State University 
Prize Name: The Madeline DeGaetano Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1996
Donor: Dr. Elaine L. Kleiner
2017 Prizewinner: Courtney Hancock, "The Lesser"

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Lindsay O'Connor Stern, "Louisa Whitman's Baby"

Johns Hopkins University
Prize Name: The Laureen Rita Schipsi Poetry Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: Mr. Thomas Newton Bolling
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Kenyon College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Kenyon College
2017 Prizewinner: BrandonLee Cruz, "Monstro, the Terrible Dogfish" and Tyler Raso, "Google Poem 3"

Keystone College 
Prize Name: Edward M. Cameron IV Poetry Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2017 Prizewinner: Karlee Patton, "Be the Worst You Can Be"

Lafayette College 
Prize Name: Jean E. Corrie Poetry Prize
Founded: 1989
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2017 Prizewinner: Emily Lugos, "I have forgotten they make coffins so small"

Lewis & Clark College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Lewis & Clark College
2017 Prizewinner: Shannon Marie Williams, "Palliative"

Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus 
Prize Name: John & Agnes McCarten Memorial Award
Founded: 1967
Donor: Ms. Jeanne Marie Scott
2017 Prizewinner: Maliande P. DeWitt, "Cassandra"

Loyola University Maryland 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: Loyola University Maryland
2017 Prizewinner: Alexis H. McIlvain, "Stockton, CA"

Loyola University of Chicago 
Prize Name: Dr. Frank C. Lawler Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Lynchburg College
Prize name: Miriam T. and Jude M. Pfister Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Miriam T. and Jude M. Pfister
2017 Prizewinner: Holly Peterson, "On the Day the World Ends"

Macalester College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Macalester College
2017 Prizewinner: Talia Young, "On the Morning I Awaken to the News of his Death"

Marietta College
Prize Name: The Stephen Schwartz Prize in Poetry
Founded: 2005
Donor: Laura Baudo Sillerman
2017 Prizewinner: Nathaniel Macaig, "A White Man's Lament"

University of Maryland, College Park
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Anaïs Nin
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mr. Robert W. Newcomb
2017 Prizewinner: Laura Neal, "Origin and Obligation"

University of Mary Washington
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2017 Prizewinner: Michelle Goff, "Cottonmouth"

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Prize Name: Joseph Langland Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2017 Prizewinners: No prize awarded

University of Massachusetts, Boston 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Alison Lanier, "Smoke Break"

University of Memphis 
Prize Name: The Deborah L. Talbot Poetry Award
Founded: 2002
Donor: Deborah L. Talbot
2017 Prizewinner: Alyssa Radtke, "The Poet asked me what the wheelchair symbolized"

Messiah College
Prize Name: Carrie A. Guhl Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Noah Perrin, "Desire"

Miami-Dade Community College 
Prize Name: Fred Shaw Poetry Prize
Founded: 1973
Donor: Miami-Dade Community College
2017 Prizewinner: Lorenzo Baroni, "Thinking about You"

Miami University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Harris S. Abrahams Poetry Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mr. Jeffrey Abrahams
2017 Prizewinner: Emma K. Shibley, "pops"

Miami University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Betty Jane Abrahams Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Mr. Jeffrey Abrahams
2017 Prizewinner: Tammy Jolene Atha, "Shotguns"

University of Miami 
Prize Name: Alfred Boas Poetry Prize
Founded: 1993
Donor: University of Miami
2017 Prizewinner: Mario Alejandro Ariza, "Bachata in which I Try to Keep You from Crying"

Millersville University
Prize Name: Louis Darrell Sage Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Madeleine Giardina, "Color Coded"

University of Michigan (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1995
Donor: Mrs. Sharon A. Galley
2017 Prizewinner: Hannah Klemkow, "I Am Waiting by the Damned Concrete Riverside, Flint, Michigan"

University of Michigan (graduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Mrs. Sharon A. Galley
2017 Prizewinner: Clare Hogan, "A Speculation"

University of Minnesota 
Prize Name: James Wright Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1963
Donor: University of Minnesota
2017 Prizewinners: D. Allen, "All of the notes play"

University of Missouri at Columbia 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: University of Missouri
2017 Prizewinner: Bradley Harrison, "Monsterrat"

University of Montana 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: University of Montana
2017 Prizewinner: Sarah Aronson, "Chief Compliant"

Mount Holyoke College 
Prize Name: Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize
Founded: 1960
Donor: Mr. W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
2017 Prizewinner: Rebecca Pittel, "Chesed Shel Emeth"

Muskingum College 
Prize Name: Beulah Brooks Brown Award in Poetry
Founded: 1993
Donor: Muskingum College
2017 Prizewinner: Markie Dunn, "Rosenrot"

Naropa University
Prize Name: The Margaret Randall Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Friends of Margaret Randall
2017 Prizewinner: Lea Claire, "Melt"

University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
Prize Name: Wilbur Gaffney Poetry Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Professor Emeritus Wilbur Gaffney
2017 Prizewinner: Àngel García, "Cradle Song II"

University of Nebraska, MFA
Prize Name: Helen W. Kenefick Poetry Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. John C. Kenefick
2017 Prizewinner: Genevieve N. Williams, "Brink"

New Jersey City University 
Prize Name: The Walter Glospie Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: New Jersey City University
2017 Prizewinner: Rishad Wright, "Mimi"

University of New Orleans 
Prize Name: Andrea Saunders Gereighty Poetry Award
Founded: 1986
Donor: Ms. Andrea S. Gereighty
2017 Prizewinner: Shelly Rodrigue, "Rambutan"

New York University
Prize Name: Judith Lobel Arkin Poetry Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: The Arkin Family
2017 Prizewinner: Audrey C. Deng, "Ode to the Sea Cucumber"

University of North Dakota 
Prize Name: The Thomas McGrath Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of North Dakota
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of North Texas
Prize Name: Paul R. Voertman Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: University of North Texas
2017 Prizewinner: Andrew Koch, "Inheritance"

University of Notre Dame
Prize Name: The Billy Maich Award
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Jessica Maich
2017 Prizewinner: Grace Polleys, "Essay"

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Prize Name: The Anne Williams Burrus Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1963
Donor: Mrs. Ann W. Burrus
2017 Prizewinner: Ellen Boyette, "Whelm"

University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
Prize Name: Noel Callow Poetry Award
Founded: 1963
Donor: Anonymous
2017 Prizewinner: Katy O. Murphy, "In the Hummingbird Exhibit at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum"

North Carolina State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: North Carolina State University
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
2017 Prizewinner: Amanda Stovicek, "Blueshift"

Northwestern University 
Prize Name: Jean Meyer Aloe Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2017 Prizewinner: A.C. Dayton, "On Anguish"

Northwest Indian College
Prize Name: The Betty and Norman Lockwood Poetry Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: James Harder
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Ohio State University 
Prize Name: Arthur Rense Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Ms. Paige Rense
2017 Prizewinner: Margaret Cipriano, "Strategies"

Oklahoma State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1978
Donor: Oklahoma State University
2017 Prizewinner: Alysse Kathleen McCanna, "Time is Blood"

Old Dominion University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2017 Prizewinners: Paryn Grodi, "This Morning" (undergraduate) and Amanda Gomez, "Grind"

Oregon State University 
Prize Name: Weaver Undergraduate Poetry Award
Founded: 1986
Donor: Oregon State University
2017 Prizewinner: Ethan Heusser, "flower pressing"

Pace University 
Prize Name: David A. Bickimer—Promise of Learnings Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: The Promise of Learnings Inc.
2017 Prizewinner: Chang Quan Yang, "Grandpa Visits Me During the Summer"

Pennsylvania State Harrisburg
Prize Name: Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Sam Bixler, "Like Clockwork"

Pennsylvania State University 
Prize Name: Leonard Steinberg Memorial Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Mrs. Pearl Steinberg
2017 Prizewinner: Makensi Ceriani, "When I Had Long, Dark Hair"

University of Pennsylvania 
Prize Name: William Carlos Williams Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: University of Pennsylvania
2017 Prizewinner: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, "Letter to My Son, November 8th, 2016"

Piedmont College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: Barbara Brown Taylor
2017 Prizewinner: Lanae Ramos, "The Vision"

University of Pittsburgh 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of Pittsburgh
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Prize Name: The Colleen M. Brown Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Coltt Winter Lepley, "Internet Internment"

Portland State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: The Portland State University Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Sierra Rogers, "I Am Forgotten"

Pratt Institute 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1992
Donor: Pratt Institute
2017 Prizewinner: Adriana Green, "America Dream"

Princeton University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Drs. William F. and Jerene Hewitt
2017 Prizewinner: Lian Kirit Limperis, "Bookends"

Purdue University
Prize Name: The Thomas H. Scholl and Elizabeth Boyd Thompson Poetry Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Thomas H. Scholl
2017 Prizewinner: Alex Mouw, "Science Fiction Suspense Drama"

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College 
Prize Name: Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Poetry Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
2017 Prizewinner: Grace Collins, "hospice angels"

University of Redlands 
Prize Name: Jean Burden Award
Founded: 1984
Donor: Ms. Virginia Everett Smith
2017 Prizewinner: Wanita Jones, "Tales of the Silence"

Reed College 
Prize Name: The Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1994
Donor: Reed College
2017 Prizewinner: Tiffany Thio, "quintessential hard heart"

University of Richmond
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2017 Prizewinner: Megan Towey, "in Los Angeles my twin and I read one-star reviews of CERN"

Rice University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Joyce Pounds Hardy
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Rochester 
Prize Name: Marion Devendorf Van Laak Poetry Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: University of Rochester
2017 Prizewinner: Christine Stanzione, "Burying a Ram"

Rockford University
Prize Name: Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: Rockford University
2017 Prizewinner: Jessy Mohns, "Koi"

Rollins College 
Prize Name: Arden Goettling / Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Family & Friends of Arden Goettling
2017 Prizewinners: Luc Lasman, "Three Cantos on the Hidden Place" and Denise Holdridge, "I Am Not a Fairy Princess"

Rutgers University 
Prize Name: Enid Dame Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Jeanne Marie Beaumont
2017 Prizewinner: Alex Arbeitel, "scene: family dinner"

St. John’s University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Thomas McInerney
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

St. Lawrence University 
Prize Name: James Ligon Price III Memorial Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1975
Donor: St. Lawrence University
2017 Prizewinner: Haley DeParde, "Knedliky"

Saint Mary’s College of California 
Prize Name: Russell & Yvonne Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: David Zumwalt, "Ghost Ranch, White Hollyhock"

Sam Houston State University 
Prize Name: The William C. Weathers Memorial Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Ms. Melissa Morphew
2017 Prizewinner: Melanie Brega, "Parade of Shadows"

San Francisco State University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Piri Thomas Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donors: Friends and Family of Piri Thomas
2017 Prizewinner: DeMareon Gipson, "Five"

San Francisco State University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1996
Donors: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Sophie Eden, "Grandma Eats with a Knife"

University of San Francisco
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: University of San Francisco
2017 Prizewinner: Sage Yockelson, "Prayer for Trans Jews, 5777"

San Jose State University 
Prize Name: Virginia de Araujo Prize
Founded: 1981
Donor: Virginia de Araujo Trust
2017 Prizewinner: Suika Miller, "On the bookshelf in your room, there are home videos of you pushing my sister and I on the swings at a park"

Santa Clara University
Prize Name: Tamara Verga Poetry Prize
Founded: 1995
Donor: Victoria Verga Logan and Frank Verga, Jr.
2017 Prizewinner: Emma Ferrell, "Ode to a Beautiful Button"

Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: No prize Awarded

Sarah Lawrence College (graduate)
Prize Name: The John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry
Donor: Joseph McCrindle and Charmaine Ferenczi
2017 Prizewinner: Moncho Alvarado, "Sift"

Shimer College 
Prize Name: Ruth Cooley Poetry Prize
Founded: 1976
Donor: Mr. Peter Cooley
2017 Prizewinner: Francesca Miller, “A Non-Canonical Flood"

Shippensburg University
Prize Name: Laura A. Rice Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Laura A. Rice Poetry Prize
2017 Prizewinner: Andrea Stock, "Wind in a Box"

Skidmore College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Skidmore College
2017 Prizewinner: Clara Moser, "The Swallows"

Smith College 
Prize Name: Anne Bradstreet Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Smith College
2017 Prizewinner: Ewan Hill, "Silence, inherited"

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. Rodney Jones
2017 Prizewinner: Allison May, "Grandma's Curls"

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (graduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1998
Donor: Carolyn Forman Moe
2017 Prizewinner: Meghann Plunkett, "Above the Butcher's Shop"

Stetson University 
Prize Name: The Holly M. Kimball Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. Phillip Blumberg
2017 Prizewinners: Taylor Alyson Lewis, "Maurice, Louisiana, 1941"

Spring Hill College 
Prize Name: Reverend Andrew C. Smith, S.J., Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Matthew Chambers, "The Student"

Stetson University 
Prize Name: The Holly M. Kimball Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. Phillip Blumberg
2017 Prizewinners: Claretta Holsey, "Nick"

SUNY Albany 
Prize Name: Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize
Founded: 1998
Donor: The Liston Family
2017 Prizewinner: Laurin DeChae, "the sensorium of the cyborg"

SUNY Binghamton 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: SUNY Binghamton
2017 Prizewinners: Rachael Lee, "A Mother's Touch" (undergraduate) and Macaulay Glynn, "Blame" (graduate)

SUNY Buffalo
Prize Name: The Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: SUNY Buffalo
2017 Prizewinner: Rachel Saeger, "An American Love Story"

SUNY Buffalo
Prize Name: Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize
Founded: 2010
Donor: Mr. Dan Liberthson
2017 Prizewinner: Claire Nashar, "The Fish [ed.]"

SUNY Farmingdale
Prize Name: Raynor Wallace Poetry Award
Founded: 1988
Donor: SUNY Farmingdale
2017 Prizewinner: Benjamin Harris, "Text to Speech"

SUNY Oswego 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Mr. John W. Mincher, Jr.
2017 Prizewinner: Rachael Templeton, "Daddy's Dead"

Sweet Briar College 
Prize Name: The Jean Taylor Meyer Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Temple University 
Prize Name: Albert J. Caplan Prize
Founded: 1985
Donor: Mr. Albert J. Caplan
2017 Prizewinner: Natalie Risser, "Planted"

University of Texas at Austin 
Prize Name: Andrew Julius Gutow Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Andrew Julius Gutow Memorial Fund
2017 Prizewinners: Nancy Huang, "namestamp: a partial chinese-english dictionary" and Rebecca Liu, "Portrait of Hamlet in Repose"

Trinity College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: Trinity College
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Tufts University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Tufts University
2017 Prizewinner: Sarah Walsh, "Los Alamos, New Mexico"

Tulane University 
Prize Name: Anselle M. Larson / Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Mr. Herbert V. Larson, Jr.
2017 Prizewinner: Claire Dockery, "Untitled (Portrait of Ross in L.A.)"

United States Naval Academy 
Prize Name: Stuart Pitt Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Mrs. A. Stuart Pitt
2017 Prizewinner: McKenna Niemer, "My Father's Daughter"

University of Utah 
Prize Name: Larry Levis Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1969
Donor: University of Utah
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Valdosta State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Mr. Edward Davin Vickers
2017 Prizewinner: DiNae' Billingsly, "Just This Once"

Valparaiso University 
Prize Name: Vivian S. Richards Memorial Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Michael Becker
2017 Prizewinner: Becca Grischow, "Stains"

Vanderbilt University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Vanderbilt University
2017 Prizewinner: Ariana Yeatts-Lonske, "For You"

Vassar College 
Prize Name: Mary Rousmaniere Gordon Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Mr. Albert H. Gordon
2017 Prizewinner: Michaela Coplen, "Alma becomes an island"

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Prize Name: Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Nan Byrne
2017 Prizewinner: Victoria C. Flanagan, "Self-Portrait as My Mother Would Have It" and Rachael Hägglund, "Mother Tongue"

Virginia Tech
Prize name: Virginia Tech/ Poetry Society of Virginia Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2017 Prizewinner: Jasmine Marie Francis, "Anti-Pastoral"

Washington College 
Prize Name: The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Dr. & Mrs. Jude Pfister
2017 Prizewinner: Lillian Starr, "Portrait of Boy Dancing"

Washington & Lee University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Anonymous
2017 Prizewinner: Julie Marie Wilson, "Atlantis Poem Sequence"

Washington University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Washington University
2017 Prizewinners: Rebecca Cohen, "Arbeit macht frei" (undergraduate) and Danielle Metzger, "Yom Kippur" (graduate)

University of Washington 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Lisa Levin, Cara Cara

Wayne State University 
Prize Name: John Clare Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Michael Becker
2017 Prizewinner: Alexandra Bidenbach, "The Musket"

Wellesley College 
Prize Name: Nevin Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The Family of Betty Nevin Marshall & Robert Nevin
2017 Prizewinners: Haley Cheek, "Skin Care Advice" and Christine Arumainayagam, "New Routines"

Wells College 
Prize Name: Catharine B. De Pau Poetry Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2017 Prizewinner: Macy Grace Smolsky, "eternal food"

Wesleyan College 
Prize Name: George Warren Gignilliat, Jr. Poetry Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz
2017 Prizewinner: D'Andrea Dixon, "I Stand: An Homage to Wesleyan College, 1836"

Wesleyan University
Prize Name: Sarah Hannah Memorial Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Kate Bernheimer
2017 Prizewinners: Kathleen Radigan, "My Mother"

Westminster College
Prize Name: Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: Westminster College
2017 Prizewinner: Brooke L. Nilsson, "Fluid"

College of William & Mary
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
2017 Prizewinner: Jessica Molz, "Sunrise"

Williams College
Prize Name: Bullock Poetry Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: The Academy of American Poets
2017 Prizewinner: Jordan Jace, "Across the Bridge"

Wilson College
Prize Name: The William and Ivy Saylor Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Shawn Price, "An Invitation"

University of Wisconsin, Madison 
Prize Name: George B. Hill Poetry Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: Kevin P. Bjerregaard
2017 Prizewinner: Madeline Kelly, "Is It Surrender to Acknowledge"

College of Wooster 
Prize Name: Cora Owlett Latzer Award
Founded: 1983
Donor: Ms. Susan Donnell
2017 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Yale University 
Prize Name: Sean T. Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2017 Prizewinner: Carrie Mannino, "11.9.16"

Yonsei University / Underwood International College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: Yonsei University
2017 Prizewinner: Yeonwoo Koo, "The Rice of Sack"

York College of Pennsylvania
Prize Name: Mary Jane’s Diamond Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2017 Prizewinner: Austin Wolfe, "i can't think of the word for it"


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