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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Participating Colleges & Universities

Agnes Scott College 
Prize Name: Janef Preston Poetry Prize
Founded: 1976
Donor: Agnes Scott College
2015 Prizewinner: Courtney Faye Taylor, "Phillis Wheatley's Benediction - Dec. 1784"

University of Alabama 
Prize Name: Hill-Kohn Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: University of Alabama
2015 Prizewinner: P.J. Williams, "Magnesium [Mg]"

Amherst College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1959
Donor: Trustees of Amherst College
2015 Prizewinner: Elias Baez, "Sidereal Time"

Aquinas College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Mrs. Linda Nemec Foster
2015 Prizewinner: Cassandra Anouthay, "First Name Cassandra, Middle Name Remembrance"

Arizona State University 
Prize Name: Katherine C. Turner Prize
Founded: 1994
Donor: Ms. Katharine C. Turner
2015 Prizewinner: Dustin Pearson, "The Black Body Auditions for a Play"

University of Arizona 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of Arizona
2015 Prizewinner: Nick Greer, "Gigantopithecus"

Auburn University 
Prize Name: Robert Hughes Mount Jr. Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mrs. Frances Mayes
2015 Prizewinner: Claire Walter, "How to Cope with Hot Flashes"

Augsburg College 
Prize Name: John R. Mitchell Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mrs. Jeanette Mitchell
2015 Prizewinner: Mary Cornelius

Bard College 
Prize Name: The Flow Chart Foundation/Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: David Kermani, The Flow Chart Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Tennaya Nassar-Frederick, "A Poem with Women"

Baylor University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Beall Poetry Festival
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Beloit College 
Prize Name: Beloit Poetry Journal Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Ms. Marion Stocking
2015 Prizewinner: Zoe Koenig, "burying the illness corpse"

Bennington College
Prize Name: The Green Prize for Poetry
Founded: 2006
Donor: Kelly Green & Forrest MacGregor
2015 Prizewinner: Mica Evans, "Lessons in Forbearance" 

Bergen Community College 
Prize Name: The Steven W. Chung Poetry Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Steven W. Chung
2015 Prizewinner: Hana Mansur, "Boys"

Boston University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: Boston University Creative Writing Program
2015 Prizewinner: Antonina Palisano, "Weil 1943"

Bowdoin College 
Prize Name: The Academy of American Poets Colette Inez Poetry Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Mr. Jack Miller
2015 Prizewinner: Helen Ross, "May You Find What You Are Looking For"

Bradley University 
Prize Name: Sipple Poetry Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Bradley University
2015 Prizewinner: Kaydra Bui, "dis(quiet)"

Brandeis University 
Prize Name: The Ramon Feliciano Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Marian McDonald
2015 Prizewinner: Rawda Aljawhary, "Akhmatova Egypt" 

Brigham Young University 
Prize Name: Ethel Lowry Handley Poetry Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Ethel Lowry Handley
2015 Prizewinner: Benjamin Blackhurst, "Portraiture"

Brooklyn College, CUNY 
Prize Name: Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. Burton Goldberg
2015 Prizewinner: Jessica Treijs, "What Is That"

Brown University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Leander McCormick-Goodhart
2015 Prizewinner: Beata Kasiarz, from "things look soft from a distance"

Bryn Mawr College
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Marie Bullock
Founded: 1957
Donor: Mrs. Peter McCormick
2015 Prizewinner: Sanam Sheriff, "Maut/Moth"

California State University, Fresno (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Larry Levis Memorial Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: The Friends of Larry Levis
2015 Prizewinner: Amanda Valdez, "Passing Orchards"

California State University, Fresno (graduate) 
Prize Name: Ernesto Trejo Memorial Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: The Friends of Ernesto Trejo
2015 Prizewinner: Ronald Dzerigian, "Our California"

California State University, Los Angeles 
Prize Name: Henri Coulette Memorial Award
Founded: 1979
Donor: California State University, Los Angeles
2015 Prizewinner: Tim Stafford, "The Living Dead"

California State University, Northridge 
Prize Name: George Dillon Memorial Award
Founded: 1968
Donor: California State University, Northridge
2015 Prizewinner: Cody Deitz, "Fireworks"

University of California, Berkeley 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Alexandra Messick-Kopel, "How can I compete?"

University of California, Davis 
Prize Name: Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Prof. Celeste Turner Wright
2015 Prizewinner: Lissa Miller, "Among the Orange Groves"

University of California, Irvine 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1969
Donor: Mr. Walter J. Thomson
2015 Prizewinner: Husayn Carnegie, "birthdaypoem: twentyfive"

University of California at Los Angeles
Prize Name: Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Ms. Joan LaBombard
2015 Prizewinner: T.m. Lawson, "Songbird Cannibalism"

California Polytechnic State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: California Polytechnic State University
2015 Prizewinner: Marissa Ahmadkhani

Calvin College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Calvin College
2015 Prizewinner: Erin Smith, "Perfect"

Carnegie Mellon University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1977
Donor: Carnegie Mellon University
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Central Michigan University
Prize Name: Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize
Founded: 2010
Donor: Phillip Sterling
2015 Prizewinner: Benjamin Kuzava, "Introducing Death to Your Autistic Brother" 

Central Pennsylvania College 
Prize Name: Geraldine G. Britcher Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Roman Alcazar, "Reception of Conception"

Centre College 
Prize Name: Paul Cantrell Poetry Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mr. Phillip Sterling
2015 Prizewinner: Mariele Fluegeman, "Triptych for the Odd Saint Out" 

Chatham College
Prize Name: The Laurie Mansell Reich Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Laurie and Henry Reich
2015 Prizewinner: Allyson Donato, "The Lovers of Valdaro"

University of Cincinnati (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The George Elliston Poetry Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Kelly Pieper, "Home"

University of Cincinnati (graduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The George Elliston Poetry Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Sara Watson, "These Are My Feelings"

The City College of San Francisco 
Prize Name: The Felicia Farr Lemon Poetry Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: Mrs. Felicia Farr Lemmon
2015 Prizewinner: David Handsher, "A Woman Falls Into a Manhole While Texting"

Cleveland State University 
Prize Name: Alberta Turner Poetry Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Cleveland State University
2015 Prizewinner: Bronte Billings, "Carved Bone"

Colorado State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: Colorado State University Faculty & Administration
2015 Prizewinner: Kristin George Bagdanov, "Lamb Body"

Columbia College Chicago 
Prize Name: Eileen Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Matthew DeMarco, "When my friend tells me that an ex-lover headbutted her nose until it busted,"

Columbia University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Anonymous
2015 Prizewinner: Ethan Plaue

Columbia University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Bennett Poetry Prize
Founded: 1959
Donor: The New York Times Advertising Department
2015 Prizewinner: Adriana Socoski, "Having To Be Had"

Connecticut College 
Prize Name:Charles B. Palmer Poetry Award
Founded: 1979
Donor: Connecticut College
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Cooper Union 
Prize Name: Elizabeth Kray Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Cooper Union
2015 Prizewinner: John Angelo Alonzo, "Warm Compress in April"

Cornell College 
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Clyde and Jewell Bothwell Tull
Founded: 1990
Donor: Ms. Alice Louise Haug
2015 Prizewinner: Maria Catherino, "For the Neighbor at Christmas"

Cornell University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Litowitz Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Creighton University 
Prize Name: Oscar M. Macelliao Poetry Prize
Founded: 1989
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Kristi Walsh, "Daniel"

Dartmouth College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Dartmouth College
2015 Prizewinner: Margaret Lacey Jones, "Playing Liturgy:: terzanelle"

University of Delaware 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Steven Bankert, "26 Cuts"

University of Denver 
Prize Name: Edward M. Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Dickinson College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Dickinson College
2015 Prizewinner: Jane Feldmann, "When you left" 

Drew University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Susan Vartanian Barba
2015 Prizewinner: Maximillian Orsini, "Crossing Bourne Bridge"

Duke University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Biddle Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Yea Jee Bae, "3:27 AM"

Elizabethtown College
Prize Name: The Raymond and Mausolene Stouffer Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Emerson College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Emerson College
2015 Prizewinner: Blake N. Campbell, "Bioluminescence"

Emory University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: The Friends of Creative Writing
2015 Prizewinner: Jenny Wu, "The Churchyard" 

Florida International University 
Prize Name: Christopher F. Kelly Award for Poetry
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. John Bond
2015 Prizewinner: Ashley Jones, "Viewing a KKK Uniform at the Civil Rights Institute"

Florida State University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: John McKay Shaw Award
Founded: 1984
Donor: Florida State University
2015 Prizewinner: Francisco Marquez, "Caravaggio Remembering Buoneri, His Lover, Upon Looking at 'David with the Head of Goliath.'"

Florida State University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: Florida State University
2015 Prizewinner: William Fargason, "Sugar"

Fordham University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Fordham University
2015 Prizewinner: Anna Marie Anastasi, "penpal" 

Franklin & Marshall College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. C. Hunter Boll
2015 Prizewinner: Arielle Lipset, "Poppy" 

George Mason University 
Prize Name: The Joseph A. Lohman III Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Ms. Judith V. Lelchook
2015 Prizewinner: Phebe Ciemny, "There is a Staircase in the Mind Composed of No Steps"

George Washington University 
Prize Name: A. E. Claeyssens, Jr. Poetry Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: George Washington University
2015 Prizewinner: Sarah Costello, "Visiting la Isla del Encanto"

Georgetown University 
Prize Name: Ora Mary Phelam Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Sophia Stid, "Salton Sea"

Georgia Perimeter College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The Chattahoochee Review
2015 Prizewinner: Grant Taylor, "The Boozers"

Georgia College & State University
Prize Name: Frankye Davis Mayes Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mrs. Frances Mayes
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Gettysburg College 
Prize Name: Marion Zulauf Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. Sander Zulauf
2015 Prizewinner: Ela Thompson, "From Daphne to Fair Apollo" 

Grinnell College 
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Lorabel Richardson
Founded: 1994
Donor: Ms. Alice Louise Haug
2015 Prizewinner: Jacob Miller

Hamilton College 
Prize Name: Ralph and Doris Hansmann Poetry Prize
Founded: 1962
Donor: Hamilton College
2015 Prizewinner: John Rufo, "Notes on a Hunger Artist"

Harrisburg Area Community College 
Prize Name: Dale T. Guhl Memorial Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Tucker Leighty-Phillips, "Your Heart is a Parking Meter"

Hartwick College 
Prize Name: Anna Sonder Prize
Founder: 1979
Donor: Dr. Otto Sonder
2015 Prizewinner: Malik Charchour, "The Purple Ram"

Harvard University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Harvard University
2015 Prizewinner: Zoe Hitzig, "Pernkopf Atlas" 

University of Hawai’i 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Joseph Han, "For Sewol"

Hofstra University 
Prize Name: Nancy P. Schnader Award
Founded: 1974
Donor: Hofstra University
2015 Prizewinners: Justin Colon-Rabinowitz, "Chuíto Molina" and Nick Rizzuti, "Tired as Fog"

University of Houston 
Prize Name: Brazos Bookstore/ Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Mr. Karl Kilian
2015 Prizewinner: Dana Kroos, "How to Understand Acoustics"

Hollins University 
Prize Name: Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize
Founded: 1971
Donor: Mr. W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
2015 Prizewinners: William Repass, "Air-Strike:" and Amanda Williams, "What I Need From You"

College of the Holy Cross 
Prize Name: Dominick Lepore Poetry Award
Founded: 1993
Donor: Mr. Dominick J. Lepore
2015 Prizewinner: Ryan Kingsley, "Ceremony"

Hope College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Hope College
2015 Prizewinner: Allyson Hoffman, "Lingering in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park"

Hunter College 
Prize Name: Catalina Páez & Seumas MacManus Award
Founded: 1987
Donor: Miss Patricia MacManus, Mrs. Mariquita M. Mullan
2015 Prizewinner: Parveen Keynejad, "Grief at Golden Age" 

University of Idaho
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Karen Trujillo and Don Burnett
2015 Prizewinner: Max Eberts, "Blue Jay and Sparrow"

Illinois College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Ms. Deborah Klang Smith
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Illinois Wesleyan University 
Prize Name: Arthur W. Hinners & Louise Hinners Sipfle Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: Friends & Family of Louise Hinners Sipfle
2015 Prizewinner: Erica Kucharski, "A Perfect Miss" 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Prize Name: Ruth Llewellyn Baird Prize
Founded: 1966
Donor: Mrs. Robert D. Wood
2015 Prizewinner: Ariel Jones, "For S."

Indiana University 
Prize Name: The Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2015 Prizewinner: Kien Lam, "Big Bang Theory"

Indiana State University 
Prize Name: The Madeline DeGaetano Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1996
Donor: Dr. Elaine L. Kleiner
2015 Prizewinner: Elle Bathory, "Noah's Ark" 

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Delaney Nolan, "Crucifer"

Johns Hopkins University
Prize Name: The Laureen Rita Schipsi Poetry Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: Mr. Thomas Newton Bolling
2015 Prizewinner: Helena Chung, "From a Theater"

Kenyon College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Kenyon College
2015 Prizewinner: Taylor Cornelius, "Bill Cody" 

Keystone College 
Prize Name: Edward M. Cameron IV Poetry Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2015 Prizewinner:  Macaulay Glynn

Lafayette College 
Prize Name: Jean E. Corrie Poetry Prize
Founded: 1989
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2015 Prizewinner: Christine Calella, "Out, Out, Damn Stone"

Lewis & Clark College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Lewis & Clark College
2015 Prizewinner: Kaiya Gordon, "Self Portrait (So Much Depends)" 

Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus 
Prize Name: John & Agnes McCarten Memorial Award
Founded: 1967
Donor: Ms. Jeanne Marie Scott
2015 Prizewinner: Natasha Vaughn, "At five years old" 

Loyola University Maryland 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: Loyola University Maryland
2015 Prizewinner: Samantha Fazekas, "Breathing"

Loyola University of Chicago 
Prize Name: Dr. Frank C. Lawler Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Macalester College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Macalester College
2015 Prizewinner: Chris Herrmann, "Three Odes to the Deep Atlantic"

Marietta College
Prize Name: The Stephen Schwartz Prize in Poetry
Founded: 2005
Donor: Laura Baudo Sillerman
2015 Prizewinner: Angela Shrader, "A Lesson in Sewing"

University of Maryland, College Park
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Anaïs Nin
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mr. Robert W. Newcomb
2015 Prizewinner: Tyler Goldman, "Have You Ever Noticed The Way The Blind Seem To Think With Their Eyes"

University of Mary Washington
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2015 Prizewinner: Nate Levine, "Beginnings"

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Prize Name: Joseph Langland Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2015 Prizewinner: Ted Powers, "The Past is All Over"

University of Massachusetts, Boston 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Adam Graaf, "Militaria"

University of Memphis 
Prize Name: The Deborah L. Talbot Poetry Award
Founded: 2002
Donor: Deborah L. Talbot
2015 Prizewinners: Brittney Duncan, "One Hundred Eight Miles From a Hospital Bed"  and Ashley Roach-Freiman, "what you have left"

Messiah College
Prize Name: Carrie A. Guhl Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Abigail Koontz, "Taji, Iraq: 2004"

Miami-Dade Community College 
Prize Name: Fred Shaw Poetry Prize
Founded: 1973
Donor: Miami-Dade Community College
2015 Prizewinner: Sarah Joseph-Alexandre, "alternate realities (didn't state)"

Miami University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Harris S. Abrahams Poetry Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mr. Jeffrey Abrahams
2015 Prizewinner: Quinton Couch, "Beware Havoc Alda"

Miami University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Betty Jane Abrahams Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Mr. Jeffrey Abrahams
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Miami 
Prize Name: Alfred Boas Poetry Prize
Founded: 1993
Donor: University of Miami
2015 Prizewinner: Lisette Alonso, "Postcard From the Corner House"

Millersville University
Prize Name: Louis Darrell Sage Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Ashley-Luisa Santangelo, "[FRIDA]" 

University of Michigan (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1995
Donor: Mrs. Sharon A. Galley
2015 Prizewinner: Ariel Kaplowitz, "Night In Paris"

University of Michigan (graduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Mrs. Sharon A. Galley
2015 Prizewinner: H.R. Webster, "Apiary"

University of Minnesota 
Prize Name: James Wright Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1963
Donor: University of Minnesota
2015 Prizewinners: Su Hwang, "An Elegy" and D. Allen, "Great Plains"

University of Missouri at Columbia 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: University of Missouri
2015 Prizewinner: Anne Barngrover, "Midwestern Litany"

University of Montana 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: University of Montana
2015 Prizewinner: Allison Linville, "Which Is To Say"

Mount Holyoke College 
Prize Name: Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize
Founded: 1960
Donor: Mr. W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
2015 Prizewinner: Jocelyn Mosman, "Your Name"

Muskingum College 
Prize Name: Beulah Brooks Brown Award in Poetry
Founded: 1993
Donor: Muskingum College
2015 Prizewinner: Dean Granitsas, "Fire"

Naropa University
Prize Name: The Margaret Randall Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Friends of Margaret Randall
2015 Prizewinner: Kathleen Langyher, "From Nothing to Nothing"

University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
Prize Name: Wilbur Gaffney Poetry Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Professor Emeritus Wilbur Gaffney
2015 Prizewinner: Ryler Dustin, "The Movement of Fields"

University of Nebraska, MFA
Prize Name: Helen W. Kenefick Poetry Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. John C. Kenefick
2015 Prizewinner: Michelle Troxclair, "Generation b. 1952-1972"

New Jersey City University 
Prize Name: The Walter Glospie Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: New Jersey City University
2015 Prizewinner: Chloe DiFillipis, "the accident"

University of New Orleans 
Prize Name: Andrea Saunders Gereighty Poetry Award
Founded: 1986
Donor: Ms. Andrea S. Gereighty
2015 Prizewinner: Kia Groom, "The Impulse Purchase"

New York University
Prize Name: Judith Lobel Arkin Poetry Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: The Arkin Family
2015 Prizewinner: Mark Sologuren, "time/Tuscany (Marko Paulo)"

University of North Dakota 
Prize Name: The Thomas McGrath Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of North Dakota
2015 Prizewinner: Ben Morris 

University of North Texas
Prize Name: Paul R. Voertman Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: University of North Texas
2015 Prizewinner: R.M. Haines, "The Instructor"

University of Notre Dame
Prize Name: The Billy Maich Award
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Jessica Maich
2015 Prizewinner: Julia Harris, "A Missing Face"

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Prize Name: The Anne Williams Burrus Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1963
Donor: Mrs. Ann W. Burrus
2015 Prizewinner: Charles Perkins, "Dangerous and Frozen Rain"

University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
Prize Name: Noel Callow Poetry Award
Founded: 1963
Donor: Anonymous
2015 Prizewinner: Clifford Parody, "Four Months After You Gave Me The Goose Down Coat"

North Carolina State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: North Carolina State University
2015 Prizewinner: Leila Chatti, "Ode to Ugly Things"

Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
2015 Prizewinner: Sarah Dravec, "If We Are Going to Disappear"

Northwestern University 
Prize Name: Jean Meyer Aloe Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2015 Prizewinner: Aozora Brockman, "Butchering"

Northwest Indian College
Prize Name: The Betty and Norman Lockwood Poetry Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: James Harder
2015 Prizewinner: Vina Brown

Ohio State University 
Prize Name: Arthur Rense Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Ms. Paige Rense
2015 Prizewinner: Mikko Harvey, "The Critic Falls in Love"

Oklahoma State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1978
Donor: Oklahoma State University
2015 Prizewinner: Colin Pope

Old Dominion University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2015 Prizewinners: Nathan Whelan, "Codlata Fear Bocht (Or Poor Man Sleeping." and Emily Duquette, "Odd Sister"

Oregon State University 
Prize Name: Weaver Undergraduate Poetry Award
Founded: 1986
Donor: Oregon State University
2015 Prizewinner: Emily Gritzmachcer, ";Ingredients"

Pace University 
Prize Name: David A. Bickimer—Promise of Learnings Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: The Promise of Learnings Inc.
2015 Prizewinner: Ana Velasco, "Careyes"

Pennsylvania State Harrisburg
Prize Name: Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Emily Kramer, "Hiding Places"

Pennsylvania State University 
Prize Name: Leonard Steinberg Memorial Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Mrs. Pearl Steinberg
2015 Prizewinner: Kate Wright, "Illusion"

University of Pennsylvania 
Prize Name: William Carlos Williams Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: University of Pennsylvania
2015 Prizewinner: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, "For the Journalists Who Write About Ukraine"

Piedmont College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: Barbara Brown Taylor
2015 Prizewinner: Tifanie Thompson, "The Blue"

University of Pittsburgh 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of Pittsburgh
2015 Prizewinner: Emily Hopkins, "Antitussive"

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Prize Name: The Colleen M. Brown Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Avery Malone, "Break"

Portland State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: The Portland State University Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Alexa Mallarnee, "Summer Tramp"

Pratt Institute 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1992
Donor: Pratt Institute
2015 Prizewinner: Alya Albert, "For Ma"

Princeton University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Drs. William F. and Jerene Hewitt
2015 Prizewinner: Benjamin Goodman, "New John"

Purdue University
Prize Name: The Thomas H. Scholl and Elizabeth Boyd Thompson Poetry Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Thomas H. Scholl
2015 Prizewinner: Emily Skaja, "Dear Ruth"

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College 
Prize Name: Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Poetry Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
2015 Prizewinner: Katy Boyer, "Dream of Wraith's Daughter" 

University of Redlands 
Prize Name: Jean Burden Award
Founded: 1984
Donor: Ms. Virginia Everett Smith
2015 Prizewinner: Samson Stilwell, "Duplex" 

Reed College 
Prize Name: The Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1994
Donor: Reed College
2015 Prizewinner: Hannah Lookey, "Get Thee to the Gunnery"

University of Richmond
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2015 Prizewinner: Kevin Hargrave

University of Rochester 
Prize Name: Marion Devendorf Van Laak Poetry Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: University of Rochester
2015 Prizewinner: Theodore Rycroft, "El Paso"

Rockford University
Prize Name: Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: Rockford University
2015 Prizewinner: Doug Janicke, "Absence of All Color"

Rollins College 
Prize Name: Arden Goettling / Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Family & Friends of Arden Goettling
2015 Prizewinners: Gil Franqui, "Homonyms" and Caroline Dehart, "Rorschach Test"

Rutgers University 
Prize Name: Enid Dame Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Jeanne Marie Beaumont
2015 Prizewinner: Caitlin Gilvary

St. John’s University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Thomas McInerney
2015 Prizewinner: Ramya Ramana, "Pop Quiz for a Apologist"

St. Lawrence University 
Prize Name: James Ligon Price III Memorial Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1975
Donor: St. Lawrence University
2015 Prizewinner: Kelsey Hatch, "Excavations"

Saint Mary’s College of California 
Prize Name: Russell & Yvonne Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Kelly Egan, "Diaspora"

Sam Houston State University 
Prize Name: The William C. Weathers Memorial Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Ms. Melissa Morphew
2015 Prizewinner: Kindall Jackson, "For Josie"

San Francisco State University 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1964
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Ryan Nash, "A WAY OUT"

San Francisco State University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Piri Thomas Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donors: Friends and Family of Piri Thomas
2015 Prizewinner: Joshua Gill-Sutton

University of San Francisco
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: University of San Francisco
2015 Prizewinner: Will Randick, "Just As"

San Jose State University 
Prize Name: Virginia de Araujo Prize
Founded: 1981
Donor: Virginia de Araujo Trust
2015 Prizewinner: Katherine Reed, "Death of Duckweed"

Santa Clara University
Prize Name: Tamara Verga Poetry Prize
Founded: 1995
Donor: Victoria Verga Logan and Frank Verga, Jr.
2015 Prizewinner: Forrest Nguyen

Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Caroline Kenworthy, "To chlorophyll, refineries, coal, furnaces beneath early skyscrapers, fossils"

Sarah Lawrence College (graduate)
Prize Name: The John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry
Donor: Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: George Sawaya, "Apology to the Blackbird"

Shimer College 
Prize Name: Ruth Cooley Poetry Prize
Founded: 1976
Donor: Mr. Peter Cooley
2015 Prizewinner: August Lysy, "Faith in Us Flounders"

Shippensburg University
Prize Name: Laura A. Rice Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Laura A. Rice Poetry Prize
2015 Prizewinner: Hillary Thomas, "Kitchen Window Lullaby"

Skidmore College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Skidmore College
2015 Prizewinner: Margaret Hass, "After Aeneas"

Smith College 
Prize Name: Anne Bradstreet Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Smith College
2015 Prizewinner: Jamie Samdahl

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. Rodney Jones
2015 Prizewinner: Ashely Mallick, "When the adults go out to smoke my uncle tells stories"

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (graduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1998
Donor: Carolyn Forman Moe
2015 Prizewinner: Emily Rose Cole, "Premonition"

Spring Hill College 
Prize Name: Reverend Andrew C. Smith, S.J., Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: Tiffany Thomas, "Terminal"

Stetson University 
Prize Name: The Holly M. Kimball Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. Phillip Blumberg
2015 Prizewinners: Savannah Kater and Adriana Ugarte, "Haw Creek"

SUNY Albany 
Prize Name: Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize
Founded: 1998
Donor: The Liston Family
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

SUNY Binghamton 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: SUNY Binghamton
2015 Prizewinners: Abby E. Murray (graduate), "How to be Married After Iraq" and Donovan Borger (undergraduate), "Rings" 

SUNY Buffalo
Prize Name: The Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: SUNY Buffalo
2015 Prizewinner: Max Crinnin, "My Sverige"

SUNY Buffalo
Prize Name: Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize
Founded: 2010
Donor: Mr. Dan Liberthson
2015 Prizewinner: Kristina Marie Darling, "Notes to a History of the Locket"

SUNY Farmingdale
Prize Name: Raynor Wallace Poetry Award
Founded: 1988
Donor: SUNY Farmingdale
2015 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

SUNY Oswego 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Mr. John W. Mincher, Jr.
2015 Prizewinner: Anna Swisher, "Photograph of a Father"

Sweet Briar College 
Prize Name: The Jean Taylor Meyer Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2015 Prizewinner: Ashely Baker, "Stationary"

Temple University 
Prize Name: Albert J. Caplan Prize
Founded: 1985
Donor: Mr. Albert J. Caplan
2015 Prizewinner: Victoria Shelton, "Ekphrasis of Judith"

University of Texas at Austin 
Prize Name: Andrew Julius Gutow Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Andrew Julius Gutow Memorial Fund
2015 Prizewinners: Ariana Brown, "Origins" and Rebecca Liu, "A Motet of Commons"

Trinity College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: Trinity College
2015 Prizewinner: Molly Thoms, "The bicycle was collateral damage"

Tufts University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Tufts University
2015 Prizewinner: David Weber-Schloss, "Jasper"

Tulane University 
Prize Name: Anselle M. Larson / Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Mr. Herbert V. Larson, Jr.
2015 Prizewinner: M'Bilia Meekers, "Purging" 

United States Naval Academy 
Prize Name: Stuart Pitt Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Mrs. A. Stuart Pitt
2015 Prizewinner: Kevin Crush, "Gentle Sway"

University of Utah 
Prize Name: Larry Levis Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1969
Donor: University of Utah
2015 Prizewinner: Jai Bashir, "Double Exposure"

Valdosta State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Mr. Edward Davin Vickers
2015 Prizewinner: Brooke McKinney, "Wild Misery"

Valparaiso University 
Prize Name: Vivian S. Richards Memorial Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Michael Becker
2015 Prizewinner: Taylor Weise

Vanderbilt University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Vanderbilt University
2015 Prizewinner: Ben Shane, "Splitting Firewood on a Winter Afternoon"

Vassar College 
Prize Name: Mary Rousmaniere Gordon Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Mr. Albert H. Gordon
2015 Prizewinner: Michaela Coplan, "Ancient Fragment on the Theory of Ruin Value" 

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Prize Name: Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Nan Byrne
2015 Prizewinner: Christian Detisch, "The Little Way" 

University of Virginia 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: University of Virginia
2015 Prizewinner: Julia Katrina Agulair Cariño

Virginia Tech
Prize name: Virginia Tech/ Poetry Society of Virginia Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2015 Prizewinner: Sara Sheiner 

Washington College 
Prize Name: The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Dr. & Mrs. Jude Pfister
2015 Prizewinner: Valerie Dunn

Washington & Lee University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Anonymous
2015 Prizewinner: Chauncey Baker, "The Sleepwalker's Manifesto"

Washington University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Washington University
2015 Prizewinners: Justin Reed and Theresa DiMascio, "Alien"

University of Washington 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2015 Prizewinners: Alex Streim and Jack Chelgren, "Laocoon"

Wayne State University 
Prize Name: John Clare Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Michael Becker
2015 Prizewinner: Ian Mathes, "A Day in June"

Wellesley College 
Prize Name: Nevin Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The Family of Betty Nevin Marshall & Robert Nevin
2015 Prizewinners: Julia Chille and Renne Lu, "To Know"

Wells College 
Prize Name: Catharine B. De Pau Poetry Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2015 Prizewinner: Melanie Canales

Wesleyan College 
Prize Name: George Warren Gignilliat, Jr. Poetry Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz
2015 Prizewinner: Melissa Rodriguez, "chéri"

Wesleyan University
Prize Name: Sarah Hannah Memorial Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Kate Bernheimer
2015 Prizewinners: Madalena Henning, "Background Check" and Markeisha Hill, "Womanish"

Westminster College
Prize Name: Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: Westminster College
2015 Prizewinner: Alaa Al-Barkawi, "Wedding Daydream"

College of William & Mary
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
2015 Prizewinner: Dana Lotito, "Oświęcim, Poland; 2000"

Williams College
Prize Name: Bullock Poetry Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: The Academy of American Poets
2015 Prizewinner: Teague Morris

Wilson College
Prize Name: The William and Ivy Saylor Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2015 Prizewinner: Darah Wolf, "The Star by Edgar Degas"

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 
Prize Name: Edward W. Ryan Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mary Ann Ryan
2015 Prizewinner: Tobias Wray, "Buggery"

College of Wooster 
Prize Name: Cora Owlett Latzer Award
Founded: 1983
Donor: Ms. Susan Donnell
2015 Prizewinner: Kat Neis, "Elegy for the Stone Crab"

Yale University 
Prize Name: Sean T. Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2015 Prizewinner: James Orbison, "The Tub Story"

Yonsei University / Underwood International College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: Yonsei University
2015 Prizewinner: Hedgie Choi, "Rosa"

York College of Pennsylvania
Prize Name: Mary Jane's Diamond Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher

 


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