Hiram College

The Department of English and the Lindsay-Crane Center of Writing and Literature announces the 2010 Vachel-Lindsay Poetry Prize and the Geoffrey Stamm Prize for Formal Poetry contest. The contest is open to all Hiram students.

First Place: $ 325
Second Place $ 225
Third Place $ 150

Poetry in any form on any subject is eligible. The Vachel-Lindsay prize is given to the best poem or the best group of two or three poems.

The Stamm prize ($50) is given to the best formal poem. Poems can be submitted in both categories simultaneously.

The entries will be judged by Kate Northrop, who is author of the collections “Back Through Interruption” (Kent State University Press, 2003) and “Things Are Disappearing Here” (Persea Books, 2007). Her second collection was chosen as Editor’s Choice in The New York Times Book Review and was a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her third collection, “Clean,” is forthcoming from Persea Books in Spring 2011. She is an associate professor of English at University of Wyoming.

1. Submit up to three poems as one .doc file.

2. Indicate on the top of Stamm prize poems that they are to be considered for this award. Poems that aren’t labeled Stamm prize will not be considered. These must be poems that use regular formal construction.

3. Include only one poem per page, typed in Times New Roman font.

4. Include in a separate document a cover sheet with your name, email, and the titles of poems you are entering. Indicate on cover sheet also which poems should be considered for the Stamm prize. Save the document as your last name cover sheet (i.e. smithcoversheet.doc)

5. Your name should not appear on the poems.

6. Submit poems to Sarah Bianchi (bianchise@hiram.edu) by 5 p.m. Monday, April 12.

Winners will be announced at the English Department party, Wednesday, May 5.