In cooperation with the Kent State University Press, the Wick Poetry Center sponsors an annual poetry chapbook competition for Ohio writers, a National Teen Writing contest, as well as the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. The winning manuscripts are published by the Kent State University Press, and the winners give a public reading of their work on campus.

The Maggie Anderson Endowment Fund aims to assist talented writing students at Kent State University with writing-related travel expenses. Funds may be used to offset the costs of writers’ conferences, workshops, and readings, as well as to establish exchange programs with other organizations.


  • You must be a current Kent State University student
  • You must not have received a Maggie Anderson Endowment scholarship in the past
  • Submissions must include 10 pages (or poems) of a creative writing sample
  • Submissions must include a separate cover letter explaining why and how a scholarship would assist you and your writing-related travel.

The application period for the scholarship is between July 1 and October 1 of each year. A selection committee will review all applications and make a recommendation for funding to David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center. 

Maggie Anderson, poet, professor emerita of English, and the founding director of the Wick Poetry Center, created the fund after her retirement from Kent State University in 2009. This legacy gift speaks to the powerful role that travel can play in a writer’s life and honors Anderson’s profound contribution to poetry. Anderson herself has traveled to several states and countries in the name of poetry and boasts an award-winning catalog of work distinctly shaped by those experiences.

If you have any questions, please contact Györgyi Mihályi-Jewell at

Ends on July 31, 2018$95.00 - 380.00
$95.00 - 380.00

Wick Juniors Summer Camp:
August 1 – August 5, 2018

For writers entering grades 3 through 12.

Registration fee:
      $190 (dorm option)
      $120 (tent option - only for middle and high school students) 

The Wick Juniors Summer Camp is offered in partnership with the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Students entering grades 3 through 12 will experience one day with the Wick Poetry Center teachers at Kent State University followed by a three-night, four-day stay at the Environmental Education Center (EEC) in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

Through guided hikes, pond dips, and more, the young writers will explore how the natural world influences our writing. A culminating reading will follow at the Wick Poetry Center’s Poetry Park. The registration fee covers all expenses, including meals and lodging at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Additionally, the young writers will receive a bag, notebook, and pencils.

This year, we are also offering a tenting option. Middle and high school campers will be able to bring their own tent (on ground) equipment and camp on-site. These campers will still be able to use all of the dormitory facilities, as well as receive meals and snacks. There is a discounted tenting rate for this option, though spots are very limited. In the comments section, please indicate if the camper will share a tent with other campers (and list their names). For example, "Jane Smith will tent with Sally Smith and Rebecca Jones). 

Spaces are limited. 

A full camp itinerary is forthcoming this Spring. If you have any questions or concerns please email:

Wick Poetry Center