I’ve been invited to judge a group of prizes at West Chester University’s Poetry Center. This includes the Wil Mills Chapbook Award and several undergraduate awards for haiku, sonnet, villanelle, and Spanish translation.
Five prizes of $1,000 to $1,500 will be given annually for a single poem “composed in the traditional modes of meter, rhyme, and received forms” (Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award); a single poem written in haiku form (Myong Cha Son Haiku Award); a single poem written in sonnet form (Sonnet Award); a single poem written in villanelle form (Villanelle Award); and a single poem written in Spanish and accompanied by the English translation or translated into Spanish and accompanied by the English original (Rhina P. Espaillat Award). Second-place prizes of $500 will also be awarded for the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Award and the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award. Only undergraduate students who are enrolled in a United States college or university are eligible. For all awards, using only the online submission system, submit up to three poems and the contact information of one referring professor by February 16. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
If you teach, please invite promising students to apply for one or several of these awards. If you know someone who teaches, or students who might like to apply, please share this information.