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.

Ends on April 15, 2017

A total of $3,000 in scholarships will be awarded for the best poetry submitted by Kent State University undergraduates.

1st Place - $1,500

2nd Place - $1,000

3rd Place - $500 

  • These awards are nonrenewable. Undergraduates may reapply.
  • The competition is open to any undergraduate currently enrolled at Kent State University.
  • The scholarship awards are to Kent State University only. 
  • All entries must be original and unpublished.
  • Each entrant may submit one poem only.
  • The poem should be no more than 100 lines long.
  • The poet’s name should not appear on the poem. 
  • In the cover letter section, poets must write their name, address, email and telephone number.  
  • Entries must be submitted between December 1, 2015, and April 15, 2016. 
Ends on May 1, 2017$ 25.00
$ 25.00

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of his or her first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus. The 2016 winner was Even Years by Christine Gosnay, selected by Angie Estes; the 2017 winner will be selected by Khaled Mattawa.


  • The competition is open to poets writing in English who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems (a volume of 50 or more pages published in an edition of 500 or more copies).
  • There is a $30 reading fee. 
  • Submissions must consist of 50 to 70 pages of poetry, with no more than one poem included on a page. 
  • The poet's name or identifying information is not to appear on the manuscript. Include just one title page with the title only. List all other contact information in the "cover letter" box of the submissions manager. Entries are judged anonymously. If any identifying information is found in the manuscript, the manuscript will be disqualified.
  • Do not include an acknowledgements page. If an acknowledgements page is included in the manuscript, the manuscript will be disqualified. 
  • The manuscript may be submitted simultaneously to other publishers, but the poet must notify the Wick Poetry Center immediately if the manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Manuscripts must be postmarked between February 1, 2017, and May 1, 2017.
  • A winner will be announced in late summer, 2017.
Ends on September 30, 2017$ 15.00 - 35.00
$ 15.00 - 35.00
Traveling Stanzas is a project of the College of Arts and Sciences' Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University in collaboration with Visual Communication Design students and alumni. 

This box set of 10, beautifully-designed greeting cards is a product of the Traveling Stanzas project, which aims to facilitate a global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry. Teaching artists at the Wick Poetry Center facilitate creative writing workshops for immigrant and refugee populations in Akron, Ohio, in partnership with the International Institute of Akron, Project Learn, and Urban Vision.

Traveling Stanzas is made possible with a major grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council, Carole W. Gould, the Burbick Foundation, the Woodward Foundation, and Kent State University's College of Communication & Information.

For more information about the Traveling Stanzas project or to make a donation, visit For more information about the Wick Poetry Center, visit

All proceeds go to support poetry workshops with refugee and immigrant communities locally and nationally.

"The personal in the context of thunderous present moments” 

An exploration of border layers between self and the world and our everyday crossings. 

Sessions include restorative meditation with yogic hand mudras. Writing prompts are offered at the threshold of silence and our subtle realm of imagery and language. Sharing and guided discussion.

Fee: $70.00 includes the two-day workshop on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. Proceeds to Jabalpur School and Hospice, India.

About Margot Milcetich:

She has been teaching yoga and meditation in Kent since 1976. She is the author of Cloud Cover (Amazon), a memoir about yoga.