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Annual OSU English Department Academy of American Poets Prize


We are pleased to announce the OSU Academy of American Poets Prize literary competition. Funded by a generous grant from the OSU Foundation and the OSU College of Arts and Sciences, endowing the prize in perpetuity, the competition awards a prize of $100 each year.

The competition is open to all full- or part-time OSU students, graduate and undergraduate. Manuscripts submitted in the competition will be judged by a writer of national reputation. The winner will be announced at the beginning of the spring semester.

Interested students are invited to submit no more than one (1) poem manuscript (no more than 100 lines in length) to the competition. Manuscript entries must be typed, on only one side of each page or pages of standard unlined typing paper. Only one (1) copy of the manuscript should be submitted, and entries will not be returned. If a student wishes to submit entries to more than one contest, the entries must be different entries. 

Only the title of the poem should appear on the manuscript. If the poem manuscript requires more than one page, the pages should be stapled together. In addition to the manuscript, submissions should be accompanied with an application stating the poem title, the author’s name, address, phone number, and CWID. Click here for the OSU Academy of American Poets Prize application form.  

Application materials should be placed in JuDean Howerton's mailbox in 205 Morrill Hall. See the main English Department Scholarship page for application deadlines.