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.
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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- All entries must be original and unpublished.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.
Open for young writers entering grades 3 through 12
Registration fee: $150
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.