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.

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  • All entries must be original and unpublished.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 of this form, poets must write their name, address, email and telephone number.  
  • Entries must be submitted between December 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018. 
  • WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAY 1, 2018.
Ends on April 1, 2018

A total of $3,000 in scholarships will be awarded for the best poetry submitted by high school seniors who plan on attending Kent State University in the fall of 2018.

1st Place - $1,500

2nd Place - $1,000

3rd Place - $500 

  • These awards are nonrenewable. 
  • The scholarship awards are to Kent State University only. 
  • All entries must be original and unpublished.
  • Each entrant must submit one document containing three poems and a one-page essay describing their interest in poetry.
  • The poems should be no more than 100 lines long.
  • The poet’s name should not appear on the poems. 
  • In the cover letter section of this form, poets must write their name, address, email, telephone number, and high school name. 
  • Entries must be submitted between December 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018. 
  • WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAY 1, 2018.