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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2015 University & College Poetry Prize Winners


Participating Colleges & Universities

Agnes Scott College 
Prize Name: Janef Preston Poetry Prize
Founded: 1976
Donor: Agnes Scott College
2016 Prizewinner: Shakoora Sabree, "Three Spoonfuls of Brown Sugar"

University of Alabama 
Prize Name: Hill-Kohn Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: University of Alabama
2016 Prizewinner: Ryan Bollenbach, "Blue"

Amherst College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1959
Donor: Trustees of Amherst College
2016 Prizewinner: Victoria Luizzi, "Cabo Blanco"

Aquinas College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Mrs. Linda Nemec Foster
2016 Prizewinner: Nadija Kadunic, “Tomasica"

Arizona State University 
Prize Name: Katherine C. Turner Prize
Founded: 1994
Donor: Ms. Katharine C. Turner
2016 Prizewinner: Alexandra Comeaux, "The Community Pool"

University of Arizona 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of Arizona
2016 Prizewinners: Taneum Bambrick, "Reservoir (V.)"

Auburn University 
Prize Name: Robert Hughes Mount Jr. Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mrs. Frances Mayes
2016 Prizewinner: Emma Hyche, "Pyrite"

Augsburg College 
Prize Name: John R. Mitchell Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mrs. Jeanette Mitchell
2016 Prizewinner: Donte Collins, "what the dead know by heart"

Bard College 
Prize Name: The Flow Chart Foundation/Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: David Kermani, The Flow Chart Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Sophie Strand, "First Ode"

Baylor University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Beall Poetry Festival
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Beloit College 
Prize Name: Beloit Poetry Journal Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Ms. Marion Stocking
2016 Prizewinner: Max Brumberg-Kraus, “Fag Hammadi”

Bennington College
Prize Name: The Green Prize for Poetry
Founded: 2006
Donor: Kelly Green & Forrest MacGregor
2016 Prizewinner: Franci Revel, “Pasture”

Bergen Community College 
Prize Name: The Steven W. Chung Poetry Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Steven W. Chung
2016 Prizewinner: Meaghan Velten, “Pyro”

Boston University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: Boston University Creative Writing Program
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Bowdoin College 
Prize Name: The Academy of American Poets Colette Inez Poetry Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Mr. Jack Miller
2016 Prizewinner: June Lei, “Brooklyn Museum”

Bradley University 
Prize Name: Sipple Poetry Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Bradley University
2016 Prizewinner: Kaydra Bui, "Unsung"

Brandeis University 
Prize Name: The Ramon Feliciano Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Marian McDonald
2016 Prizewinner: Arielle Ballard, “Indigofera”

Brigham Young University 
Prize Name: Ethel Lowry Handley Poetry Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Ethel Lowry Handley
2016 Prizewinner: Shelli Spotts, “Blue #1”

Brooklyn College, CUNY 
Prize Name: Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. Burton Goldberg
2016 Prizewinner: Hannah Carl, “the edge of downtown near the student housing”

Brown University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Leander McCormick-Goodhart
2016 Prizewinner: Joshua Kurtz, "Untitled, 1970"

Bryn Mawr College
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Marie Bullock
Founded: 1957
Donor: Mrs. Peter McCormick
2016 Prizewinner: Natalie Kawam, “The Pulse”

California State University, Fresno (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Larry Levis Memorial Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: The Friends of Larry Levis
2016 Prizewinner: Hannah Riccardi, “When My Mother Rages”

California State University, Fresno (graduate) 
Prize Name: Ernesto Trejo Memorial Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: The Friends of Ernesto Trejo
2016 Prizewinner: Kourtnie McKenzie, “The Way Her Mother Left”

California State University, Los Angeles 
Prize Name: Henri Coulette Memorial Award
Founded: 1979
Donor: California State University, Los Angeles
2016 Prizewinner: Katherine Pyne-Jaeger, “Prose Poem: after I Do Not Know What a Painting Does and Numbers, Patterns, Movements and Being”

California State University, Northridge 
Prize Name: George Dillon Memorial Award
Founded: 1968
Donor: California State University, Northridge
2016 Prizewinner: Sophia Apodaca, "Coming Out to My Mother”

University of California, Berkeley 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: David Hernandez, "Vigesimal "

University of California, Davis 
Prize Name: Celeste Turner Wright Poetry Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Prof. Celeste Turner Wright
2016 Prizewinner: Lauren Swift, “pilgrimage”

University of California, Irvine 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1969
Donor: Mr. Walter J. Thomson
2016 Prizewinner: Stefan Karlsson, “Shards of the Nautilus Shell”

University of California, Los Angeles
Prize Name: Fred and Edith Herman Memorial Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Ms. Joan LaBombard
2016 Prizewinner: Dylan Karlsson, “Fruit for Vacancy”

California Polytechnic State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: California Polytechnic State University
2016 Prizewinner: Rebecca Liberatore, “Night Roulette”

Calvin College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Calvin College
2016 Prizewinner: Ericka Buitenhuis, “In Time”

Carnegie Mellon University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1977
Donor: Carnegie Mellon University
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Central Michigan University
Prize Name: Eric Torgersen Poetry Prize
Founded: 2010
Donor: Phillip Sterling
2016 Prizewinner: Greta Ginter, “Fat Girls Don't Get Husbands”

Central Pennsylvania College 
Prize Name: Geraldine G. Britcher Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Mary Weingartener, “One of Those Days”

Centre College 
Prize Name: Paul Cantrell Poetry Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mr. Phillip Sterling
2016 Prizewinner: Emma Comery, “Daydream Memory”

Chatham College
Prize Name: The Laurie Mansell Reich Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Laurie and Henry Reich
2016 Prizewinner: Amy Lee Heinlen, “Light, Blue”

University of Cincinnati (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The George Elliston Poetry Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Zachary Hatfield, "Wisdom"

University of Cincinnati (graduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The George Elliston Poetry Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Jose Araguz, “Blade”

The City College of San Francisco 
Prize Name: The Felicia Farr Lemon Poetry Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: Mrs. Felicia Farr Lemmon
2016 Prizewinner: Sedey Gebreyes, “January 2016, Addis Aba', Ethiopia”

Cleveland State University 
Prize Name: Alberta Turner Poetry Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Cleveland State University
2016 Prizewinner: Ali McClain, “Kinsman”

Colorado State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: Colorado State University Faculty & Administration
2016 Prizewinner: Denise Jarrott, “Stone-cipher”

Columbia College Chicago 
Prize Name: Eileen Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Jan-Henry Gray, “Maid Poem #7: HR”

Columbia University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Anonymous
2016 Prizewinner: Smita Sen, “Emerge”

Columbia University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Bennett Poetry Prize
Founded: 1959
Donor: The New York Times Advertising Department
2016 Prizewinner: Mathews Huey, “When I Say Fireworks”

Connecticut College 
Prize Name:Charles B. Palmer Poetry Award
Founded: 1979
Donor: Connecticut College
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Cooper Union 
Prize Name: Elizabeth Kray Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Cooper Union
2016 Prizewinner: Robert Cipriano, “Bag O' Donuts”

Cornell College 
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Clyde and Jewell Bothwell Tull
Founded: 1990
Donor: Ms. Alice Louise Haug
2016 Prizewinner: Christina Rueth, “The Pearls of a Company Man”

Cornell University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Litowitz Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Creighton University 
Prize Name: Oscar M. Macelliao Poetry Prize
Founded: 1989
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Claire Martin, “Lakehouse”

Dartmouth College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Dartmouth College
2016 Prizewinner: Kelsey Sipple Humpback, “Whale Tail, Greenstone”

University of Delaware 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Robert Sheehan, “Red Dress”

University of Denver 
Prize Name: Edward M. Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Dickinson College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Dickinson College
2016 Prizewinner: Molly Gorelick, "Dog spelled backwards is God"

Drew University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Susan Vartanian Barba
2016 Prizewinner: Sanah Athar, "Citizen, speaks English"

Duke University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Biddle Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Sarah Darwiche, "little party"

Elizabethtown College
Prize Name: The Raymond and Mausolene Stouffer Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Cassie Gordon, “The Future”

Emerson College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Emerson College
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Emory University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: The Friends of Creative Writing
2016 Prizewinner: Caroline Schmidt, “Reflection”

Florida International University 
Prize Name: Christopher F. Kelly Award for Poetry
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. John Bond
2016 Prizewinner: Ariel Francisco, “Before Snowfall”

Florida State University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: John McKay Shaw Award
Founded: 1984
Donor: Florida State University
2016 Prizewinner: Alegra Padron, “Powder-Blue Kim and Long Cat Strike a Deal Outside Gingerbread and Bird Trap”

Florida State University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1982
Donor: Florida State University
2016 Prizewinner: William Fargason, “Aubade with Barbed Wire”

Fordham University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Fordham University
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Franklin & Marshall College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. C. Hunter Boll
2016 Prizewinner: Delia Pepper, “Flight”

George Mason University 
Prize Name: The Joseph A. Lohman III Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Ms. Judith V. Lelchook
2016 Prizewinner: Edward Jesse Capobianco, “//”

George Washington University 
Prize Name: A. E. Claeyssens, Jr. Poetry Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: George Washington University
2016 Prizewinner: Gabriel Simon, "All the Breakfasts in November"

Georgetown University 
Prize Name: Ora Mary Phelam Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Emperatriz Ung, “All in the Screen”

Georgia Perimeter College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: The Chattahoochee Review
2016 Prizewinner: Justin Beaudrot, "Last Night"

Georgia College & State University
Prize Name: Frankye Davis Mayes Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mrs. Frances Mayes
2016 Prizewinners: Alexa Sims, "Dream of Bohemia" and Shane Moritz, “A Circle Gathers Around a Fallen Dope”

Gettysburg College 
Prize Name: Marion Zulauf Prize
Founded: 1987
Donor: Mr. Sander Zulauf
2016 Prizewinner: Peter Rosenberger, “Chrysalis”

Grinnell College 
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Lorabel Richardson
Founded: 1994
Donor: Ms. Alice Louise Haug
2016 Prizewinner: Maya Elliott, “Witchblood: A Fantasy”

Hamilton College 
Prize Name: Ralph and Doris Hansmann Poetry Prize
Founded: 1962
Donor: Hamilton College
2016 Prizewinner: Alan Yeh, “Grandma Loves Duck”

Harrisburg Area Community College 
Prize Name: Dale T. Guhl Memorial Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Layne McClure, “Gasoline Night”

Hartwick College 
Prize Name: Anna Sonder Prize
Founder: 1979
Donor: Dr. Otto Sonder
2016 Prizewinner: Malek Charchour, “Afrukhe”

Harvard University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Harvard University
2016 Prizewinner: Stella Wong, “[i wear these for]”

University of Hawai’i 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Hofstra University 
Prize Name: Nancy P. Schnader Award
Founded: 1974
Donor: Hofstra University
2016 Prizewinners: Cortney Cordero, “Rubik” and Melanie Sirof, “If Ophelia”

University of Houston 
Prize Name: Brazos Bookstore/ Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Mr. Karl Kilian
2016 Prizewinner: Dan Chu, “Unexplainable Economics”

Hollins University 
Prize Name: Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize
Founded: 1971
Donor: Mr. W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
2016 Prizewinner: Shelley Whitaker, "Why I Get Quiet When the Cops Come"

College of the Holy Cross 
Prize Name: Dominick Lepore Poetry Award
Founded: 1993
Donor: Mr. Dominick J. Lepore
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Hope College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Hope College
2016 Prizewinner: Elizabeth Ensink, “The Effect of a Sestina on Field Notes”

Hunter College 
Prize Name: Catalina Páez & Seumas MacManus Award
Founded: 1987
Donor: Miss Patricia MacManus, Mrs. Mariquita M. Mullan
2016 Prizewinner: Mia Kang, "Ark"

University of Idaho
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Karen Trujillo and Don Burnett
2016 Prizewinners: Emily Alexander, "Night, Night" and Michael Landreth, “Abecedarian for Lion King”

Illinois College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Ms. Deborah Klang Smith
2016 Prizewinner: Patrick Winters, “Admission File #501”

Illinois Wesleyan University 
Prize Name: Arthur W. Hinners & Louise Hinners Sipfle Prize
Founded: 1980
Donor: Friends & Family of Louise Hinners Sipfle
2016 Prizewinner: Grace McGovern, “Roadkill”

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Prize Name: Ruth Llewellyn Baird Prize
Founded: 1966
Donor: Mrs. Robert D. Wood
2016 Prizewinner: Siggi Schroth, "Almost Every Single Thing I Remember from My Childhood"

Indiana University 
Prize Name: The Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Indiana State University 
Prize Name: The Madeline DeGaetano Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1996
Donor: Dr. Elaine L. Kleiner
2016 Prizewinner: Anna Wilson, “Trypophobia”

University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Delaney Nolan, “Twin”

Johns Hopkins University
Prize Name: The Laureen Rita Schipsi Poetry Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: Mr. Thomas Newton Bolling
2016 Prizewinner: Jesse Chen, “Odyssey”

Kenyon College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Kenyon College
2016 Prizewinner: Ian Burnette, “On leaving”

Keystone College 
Prize Name: Edward M. Cameron IV Poetry Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2016 Prizewinner: Kristy Alinoski, “Punctuation”

Lafayette College 
Prize Name: Jean E. Corrie Poetry Prize
Founded: 1989
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2016 Prizewinner: Rachel Rubino, "Lady of the Equinox"

Lewis & Clark College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Lewis & Clark College
2016 Prizewinner: Nathaniel Lamers, “Eighteen”

Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus 
Prize Name: John & Agnes McCarten Memorial Award
Founded: 1967
Donor: Ms. Jeanne Marie Scott
2016 Prizewinner: Randall Taylor, “Vermillion Bird”

Loyola University Maryland 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: Loyola University Maryland
2016 Prizewinner: Emma Ditzel, “Benevolence, Georgia”

Loyola University of Chicago 
Prize Name: Dr. Frank C. Lawler Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Hannah Conway, “Haircuts”

Lynchburg College
Prize name: Miriam T. and Jude M. Pfister Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Miriam T. and Jude M. Pfister
2016 Prizewinner: Ethan Lee, "Nina's Voice"

Macalester College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Macalester College
2016 Prizewinner: Molly Sowash, “Threnody”

Marietta College
Prize Name: The Stephen Schwartz Prize in Poetry
Founded: 2005
Donor: Laura Baudo Sillerman
2016 Prizewinner: Darnell DePriest, Jr., "Pinned Up"

University of Maryland, College Park
Prize Name: Prize in Memory of Anaïs Nin
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mr. Robert W. Newcomb
2016 Prizewinner: Tyler Goldman, “Birdsong”

University of Mary Washington
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2016 Prizewinner: Sarah Hansen, “Detour”

University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Prize Name: Joseph Langland Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2016 Prizewinners: David Feinstein, “Sway” and Halie Theoharides, “Lying in the Dark for the Earthquake”

University of Massachusetts, Boston 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Emily Jaeger, “Palmyra's Arch of Triumph”

University of Memphis 
Prize Name: The Deborah L. Talbot Poetry Award
Founded: 2002
Donor: Deborah L. Talbot
2016 Prizewinner: Peter Hogan, “Physics”

Messiah College
Prize Name: Carrie A. Guhl Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Charlotte McCash, “Stop and Rest”

Miami-Dade Community College 
Prize Name: Fred Shaw Poetry Prize
Founded: 1973
Donor: Miami-Dade Community College
2016 Prizewinner: Maria Victoria Biancardi, “Night Sail, Flood Warnings”

Miami University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Harris S. Abrahams Poetry Prize
Founded: 2000
Donor: Mr. Jeffrey Abrahams
2016 Prizewinner: Matt Morgenstern, “Ode to Love"

Miami University (graduate) 
Prize Name: Betty Jane Abrahams Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2001
Donor: Mr. Jeffrey Abrahams
2016 Prizewinner: Isaac Pickell, “Quadroon”

University of Miami 
Prize Name: Alfred Boas Poetry Prize
Founded: 1993
Donor: University of Miami
2016 Prizewinner: Savonna  Johnson, “Death of the Yucca Fruit or Cervical Cancer”

Millersville University
Prize Name: Louis Darrell Sage Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Madeleine Murphy, "Shoo-fly"

University of Michigan (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1995
Donor: Mrs. Sharon A. Galley
2016 Prizewinner: Paulina Adams, “my coat”

University of Michigan (graduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Mrs. Sharon A. Galley
2016 Prizewinner: Kayla Krut, “Female Figure”

University of Minnesota 
Prize Name: James Wright Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1963
Donor: University of Minnesota
2016 Prizewinners: Janna Knittel, “A History of Shaving” and Mike Alberti, “Elegy (Robe)” and Su Hwang, “Latchkeys”

University of Missouri at Columbia 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1990
Donor: University of Missouri
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Montana 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: University of Montana
2016 Prizewinner: Nate Duke, "Unlike Conquest"

Mount Holyoke College 
Prize Name: Gertrude Claytor Poetry Prize
Founded: 1960
Donor: Mr. W. Graham Claytor, Jr.
2016 Prizewinner: Rachel Schmieder-Gropen, “On Collier's Sleeping Beauty”

Muskingum College 
Prize Name: Beulah Brooks Brown Award in Poetry
Founded: 1993
Donor: Muskingum College
2016 Prizewinner: Erin Fetters, “A Poem for my Grandmothers”

Naropa University
Prize Name: The Margaret Randall Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: Friends of Margaret Randall
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
Prize Name: Wilbur Gaffney Poetry Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Professor Emeritus Wilbur Gaffney
2016 Prizewinner: Erin Bertram, “Documentary Studies”

University of Nebraska, MFA
Prize Name: Helen W. Kenefick Poetry Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. John C. Kenefick
2016 Prizewinner: Zachary Drees, “Closets”

New Jersey City University 
Prize Name: The Walter Glospie Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2004
Donor: New Jersey City University
2016 Prizewinner: Meghan Flaherty, “Fish Head”

University of New Orleans 
Prize Name: Andrea Saunders Gereighty Poetry Award
Founded: 1986
Donor: Ms. Andrea S. Gereighty
2016 Prizewinner: Jessica Morey-Collins, "Your Title Could Be Doing A lot More"

New York University
Prize Name: Judith Lobel Arkin Poetry Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: The Arkin Family
2016 Prizewinner: Sheila Huang, “Portrait of Fortune”

University of North Dakota 
Prize Name: The Thomas McGrath Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of North Dakota
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of North Texas
Prize Name: Paul R. Voertman Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: University of North Texas
2016 Prizewinner: Chelsea Wagenaar, “The Spinning Place”

University of Notre Dame
Prize Name: The Billy Maich Award
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Jessica Maich
2016 Prizewinner: Ae Hee Lee, “On Not Healing the Blind”

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Prize Name: The Anne Williams Burrus Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1963
Donor: Mrs. Ann W. Burrus
2016 Prizewinner: Samantha Davis, “Stag”

University of North Carolina at Greensboro 
Prize Name: Noel Callow Poetry Award
Founded: 1963
Donor: Anonymous
2016 Prizewinner: T. Luke Huffman, “Bells Which Will Not Ring”

North Carolina State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: North Carolina State University
2016 Prizewinner: Marty Saunders, "Boarding an Overnight Bus — La Paz, Bolivia"

Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts
2016 Prizewinner: Bronte Billings, “Failed Renovations”

Northwestern University 
Prize Name: Jean Meyer Aloe Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2016 Prizewinner: Rachel Girty, “Unstill Life”

Northwest Indian College
Prize Name: The Betty and Norman Lockwood Poetry Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: James Harder
2016 Prizewinner: Dianna Moses,  “A Letter to the Old Me”

Ohio State University 
Prize Name: Arthur Rense Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Ms. Paige Rense
2016 Prizewinner: Louis Maraj, “Monkey on Down”

Oklahoma State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1978
Donor: Oklahoma State University
2016 Prizewinner: Emma Murray, “Pussy”

Old Dominion University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2016 Prizewinners: Elaine White, “How to Lie to Your Mother" and Marcus Jamison, “Break”

Oregon State University 
Prize Name: Weaver Undergraduate Poetry Award
Founded: 1986
Donor: Oregon State University
2016 Prizewinner: Gwendolyn Mauroner, “Sweet”

Pace University 
Prize Name: David A. Bickimer—Promise of Learnings Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: The Promise of Learnings Inc.
2016 Prizewinner: Juliet Mueller, “Things Don't Always Lie Where They Fall”

Pennsylvania State Harrisburg
Prize Name: Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Maria Wilson, “Fooling Around with Joe Canewell's Daughter”

Pennsylvania State University 
Prize Name: Leonard Steinberg Memorial Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: Mrs. Pearl Steinberg
2016 Prizewinner: Shannon Francis, "The Wolf"

University of Pennsylvania 
Prize Name: William Carlos Williams Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: University of Pennsylvania
2016 Prizewinner: Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, “Out of Stone”

Piedmont College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: Barbara Brown Taylor
2016 Prizewinner: Hayley Major, “gods who taste”

University of Pittsburgh 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: University of Pittsburgh
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Prize Name: The Colleen M. Brown Prize
Founded: 2012
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Avery Malone, "Leaving"

Portland State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: The Portland State University Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Michael McKee Green, "A Remit"

Pratt Institute 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1992
Donor: Pratt Institute
2016 Prizewinner: Sade Murphy, “Entry 098&/or Monday Night Before Thanksgiving or//Venus & Mars in Libra”

Princeton University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Drs. William F. and Jerene Hewitt
2016 Prizewinner: Emily Tu, “Litany”

Purdue University
Prize Name: The Thomas H. Scholl and Elizabeth Boyd Thompson Poetry Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Thomas H. Scholl
2016 Prizewinner: Audrey Gradzewicz, “A Brief History of Grief”

Randolph-Macon Woman’s College 
Prize Name: Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Poetry Prize
Founded: 1963
Donor: Philip Morris Companies, Inc.
2016 Prizewinner: Katy Boyer,  "Narcissus on the Banks of the Haw"

University of Redlands 
Prize Name: Jean Burden Award
Founded: 1984
Donor: Ms. Virginia Everett Smith
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Reed College 
Prize Name: The Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1994
Donor: Reed College
2016 Prizewinner: Tara Borgilt, "Separation"

University of Richmond
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2016 Prizewinner: Emily Bradford, “The Wasp”

Rice University
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Joyce Pounds Hardy
2016 Prizewinner: Courtney Brown, “on the bright white occasion of a second coming; or, in anticipation of spring”

University of Rochester 
Prize Name: Marion Devendorf Van Laak Poetry Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: University of Rochester
2016 Prizewinner: Ian Von Fange, “Facts About Peacocks”

Rockford University
Prize Name: Colleen Holmbeck Poetry Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: Rockford University
2016 Prizewinner: Daniel Nord, “Sex According to a Hoover Owner's Manual”

Rollins College 
Prize Name: Arden Goettling / Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Family & Friends of Arden Goettling
2016 Prizewinners: Lindsay Granduke, “vaulting up” and Heather Anna Keeler, “Pool Party”

Rutgers University 
Prize Name: Enid Dame Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Jeanne Marie Beaumont
2016 Prizewinner: Grace Li, “Spreading gooseberry (Ribes divaricatum)”

St. John’s University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2006
Donor: Thomas McInerney
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

St. Lawrence University 
Prize Name: James Ligon Price III Memorial Prize in Poetry
Founded: 1975
Donor: St. Lawrence University
2016 Prizewinner: Caitlin Kelly, “Only Accessible By Two Wheels”

Saint Mary’s College of California 
Prize Name: Russell & Yvonne Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Jacob Minasian, “Wine Country”

Sam Houston State University 
Prize Name: The William C. Weathers Memorial Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Ms. Melissa Morphew
2016 Prizewinner: Savanah Burns, “Starry Night”

San Francisco State University 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1964
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Brooke Harries, “a short list of facts”

San Francisco State University (undergraduate) 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Piri Thomas Poetry Prize
Founded: 2009
Donors: Friends and Family of Piri Thomas
2016 Prizewinner: Vanessa Hamill, “Ten Women, Ten Colors”

University of San Francisco
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2009
Donor: University of San Francisco
2016 Prizewinner: Jonah Dorrance Dementia, “Patients at Joshua Tree”

San Jose State University 
Prize Name: Virginia de Araujo Prize
Founded: 1981
Donor: Virginia de Araujo Trust
2016 Prizewinner: Kimberly Cunningham, “The Sins of our Fathers”

Santa Clara University
Prize Name: Tamara Verga Poetry Prize
Founded: 1995
Donor: Victoria Verga Logan and Frank Verga, Jr.
2016 Prizewinner: Shelley Valdez, “Engkanto”

Sarah Lawrence College (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Sarah Lawrence College (graduate)
Prize Name: The John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry
Donor: Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Marie Marandola, “Poet Groupie”

Shimer College 
Prize Name: Ruth Cooley Poetry Prize
Founded: 1976
Donor: Mr. Peter Cooley
2016 Prizewinner: Francesca Miller, “Pomology”

Shippensburg University
Prize Name: Laura A. Rice Poetry Prize
Founded: 2015
Donor: Laura A. Rice Poetry Prize
2016 Prizewinner: Alexandra Dunn, “No Country for Old Men”

Skidmore College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Skidmore College
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Smith College 
Prize Name: Anne Bradstreet Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Smith College
2016 Prizewinner: Micah Collins-Sibley, “Southbound II”

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (undergraduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: Mr. Rodney Jones
2016 Prizewinner: Ashley Mallick, “I knew my mother was god when I was five”

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (graduate)
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1998
Donor: Carolyn Forman Moe
2016 Prizewinner: Meghann Plunkett, “Researchers Find The Father's DNA Stays in the Brains of Impregnated Women, Even Those Who Don't Carry to Term”

Spring Hill College 
Prize Name: Reverend Andrew C. Smith, S.J., Poetry Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Natalie Welch, “Cherokee Canoe”

Stetson University 
Prize Name: The Holly M. Kimball Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mr. Phillip Blumberg
2016 Prizewinners: Alissa Pagano, “Postcard Sestina”

SUNY Albany 
Prize Name: Phyllis Hurd Liston Poetry Prize
Founded: 1998
Donor: The Liston Family
2016 Prizewinner: Noah Kucij, “The Belt”

SUNY Binghamton 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1979
Donor: SUNY Binghamton
2016 Prizewinners: Tamar Ashdot, “Social Media Has Not Adjusted to Your Mortality” and Clara Barnhart, “We Were Always the Good”

SUNY Buffalo
Prize Name: The Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1974
Donor: SUNY Buffalo
2016 Prizewinner: Brian Windschitl, “metamorphosis”

SUNY Buffalo
Prize Name: Dan Liberthson Poetry Prize
Founded: 2010
Donor: Mr. Dan Liberthson
2016 Prizewinner: Kristina Marie Darling, “Godspeed

SUNY Farmingdale
Prize Name: Raynor Wallace Poetry Award
Founded: 1988
Donor: SUNY Farmingdale
2016 Prizewinner: Rita Mezic, “Riptide”

SUNY Oswego 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Mr. John W. Mincher, Jr.
2016 Prizewinner: Julian Daley, “Arabian Nights”

Sweet Briar College 
Prize Name: The Jean Taylor Meyer Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 2003
Donor: Jean Meyer Aloe
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Temple University 
Prize Name: Albert J. Caplan Prize
Founded: 1985
Donor: Mr. Albert J. Caplan
2016 Prizewinner: Aimee Seu, "17"

University of Texas at Austin 
Prize Name: Andrew Julius Gutow Poetry Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: The Andrew Julius Gutow Memorial Fund
2016 Prizewinners: Ally Covino, “Portrait of Dotty as an Elton John Song” and Arati Warrier, “Mumbai”

Trinity College 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1997
Donor: Trinity College
2016 Prizewinner: May Woollcott, “Blood Moon”

Tufts University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: Tufts University
2016 Prizewinner: Joy Chee, “Everything Causes Cancer”

Tulane University 
Prize Name: Anselle M. Larson / Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Mr. Herbert V. Larson, Jr.
2016 Prizewinner: Carolyn Canulette, “cadence/articulation/awake”

United States Naval Academy 
Prize Name: Stuart Pitt Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1975
Donor: Mrs. A. Stuart Pitt
2016 Prizewinner: Paige Ward, "40 Year Plan"

University of Utah 
Prize Name: Larry Levis Memorial Poetry Prize
Founded: 1969
Donor: University of Utah
2016 Prizewinner: Rachel Davis, “Ontogenesis”

Valdosta State University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1986
Donor: Mr. Edward Davin Vickers
2016 Prizewinner: Jacquelyn Sutton, "When My Daughter Didn't Come Home"

Valparaiso University 
Prize Name: Vivian S. Richards Memorial Prize
Founded: 1988
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Michael Becker
2016 Prizewinner: Victoria Bruick, “The Low End of a High Rise” 

Vanderbilt University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Vanderbilt University
2016 Prizewinner: Tiana Clark, “Soil Horizon”

Vassar College 
Prize Name: Mary Rousmaniere Gordon Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: Mr. Albert H. Gordon
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Prize Name: Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize
Founded: 2002
Donor: Nan Byrne
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

University of Virginia 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: University of Virginia
2016 Prizewinner: Robert Shapiro, “Ram's Head with Hollyhock, 1935”

Virginia Tech
Prize name: Virginia Tech/ Poetry Society of Virginia Prize
Founded: 2007
Donor: The Poetry Society of Virginia
2016 Prizewinner: Emily Dhatt, “WE WILL FIND IT(MANIFESTO)”

Washington College 
Prize Name: The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Dr. & Mrs. Jude Pfister
2016 Prizewinner: Reilly Cox, “My Sister by the Inner Harbor”

Washington & Lee University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Anonymous
2016 Prizewinner: Brennon Williams, “Credo”

Washington University 
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1968
Donor: Washington University
2016 Prizewinners: Katy Przybylski, "boy" and Paige Webb, “Chapter in which an oculus opens”

University of Washington 
Prize Name: Harold Taylor Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The New Hope Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Rachel Edelman, “Cascadia Recurrence Interval”

Wayne State University 
Prize Name: John Clare Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: Mr. & Mrs. Nancy & Michael Becker
2016 Prizewinner: No prize awarded

Wellesley College 
Prize Name: Nevin Prize
Founded: 1957
Donor: The Family of Betty Nevin Marshall & Robert Nevin
2016 Prizewinners: Anna Egeland, “951 Forest Rd.” and Megan O'Keefe, “Bunker”

Wells College 
Prize Name: Catharine B. De Pau Poetry Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: The Lyric Foundation for Traditional Poetry
2016 Prizewinner: Atiya Jordan, “young warrior”

Wesleyan College 
Prize Name: George Warren Gignilliat, Jr. Poetry Prize
Founded: 1984
Donor: J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz
2016 Prizewinner: Bartika Rai, “Wildflowers”

Wesleyan University
Prize Name: Sarah Hannah Memorial Prize
Founded: 2008
Donor: Kate Bernheimer
2016 Prizewinners: Kathleen Radigan, “Free Chair”

Westminster College
Prize Name: Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Prize
Founded: 1999
Donor: Westminster College
2016 Prizewinner: Hannah Malik, “Bathtub”

College of William & Mary
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 1983
Donor: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
2016 Prizewinner: Natasha King, “he thinks I'm sleeping but I'm not”

Williams College
Prize Name: Bullock Poetry Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: The Academy of American Poets
2016 Prizewinner: Tyler Tsay, “poem to the mirror”

Wilson College
Prize Name: The William and Ivy Saylor Prize
Founded: 2013
Donor: Mr. Raymond W. Britcher
2016 Prizewinner: Patrick Fox, “Productivity”

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 
Prize Name: Edward W. Ryan Poetry Prize
Founded: 2005
Donor: Mary Ann Ryan
2016 Prizewinner: Sidney Taiko Sheehan, “Rehearsal Dinner, a Room Full of Hagiharas”

College of Wooster 
Prize Name: Cora Owlett Latzer Award
Founded: 1983
Donor: Ms. Susan Donnell
2016 Prizewinner: Laith Sersain, “Etiological Tale”

Yale University 
Prize Name: Sean T. Lannan Poetry Prize
Founded: 1955
Donor: The Lannan Foundation
2016 Prizewinner: Kathryn Kaelin, “synapses”

Yonsei University / Underwood International College
Prize Name: Academy of American Poets Prize
Founded: 2011
Donor: Yonsei University
2016 Prizewinner: Hedgie Choi, “I can't stand people who write about themselves but clearly you are not me”

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


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