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Deadline Approaching for 2008-09 ODU College Poetry Prize

The submission deadline for the annual Poetry Society of Virginia-Old Dominion University Poetry Prize is Monday, Feb. 2. The competition this year is open to all registered graduate students in the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program and any other English M.A./Ph.D. program, as well as undergraduate students who have a declared emphasis in creative writing or have taken at least one creative writing credit in the previous or current year.

The Poetry Society of Virginia (PSV), through the efforts of 2006-08 Virginia Poet Laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, established a permanent endowed poetry prize for ODU in 2007. The endowment allows the university to conduct an annual poetry competition and to award a cash prize to two deserving graduate or undergraduate student poets. The contest's sponsor, the Academy of American Poets (www.poets.org), issues prize checks, letters of congratulation and announces the winners in its annual report. The winning poets also will receive a one-year membership to the Academy of American Poets.

Eligible students may submit up to three unpublished poems in English (no translations accepted), with total page count not to exceed six pages. No more than one poem should appear on a page. No personal information should appear anywhere on the poetry submission. Poems should be printed single-spaced, on one side of the paper only. Clear photocopies are acceptable. The poems should be submitted with (a) the official Contest Registration Form and (b) a title page listing the poem/s entered in the competition, along with the author's name, mailing address, telephone number/s and e-mail address.

An official contest registration form is available from Luisa Igloria (BAL 4047) or Mary Westbrook (BAL 5010). Entries should be addressed to: Luisa A. Igloria, PSV-ODU-AAP Poetry Prize Coordinator, English Department, 5000 Batten Arts and Letters Building, Old Dominion University, Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Entries will not be returned. Electronic submissions are not accepted. There is no entry fee. Entries may also be hand-delivered, c/o English Dept., to Igloria or Westbrook. Queries may be addressed to Igloria (ligloria@odu.edu; 683-3929) or Westbrook (westbro@odu.edu; 683-4770).

This article was posted on: January 21, 2009

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