New Award Established for Hope Student Poets
Posted February 4, 2002
HOLLAND -- A new award has been established at
Hope College for student poets.
Beginning this spring, one Hope student each year
will be recognized with The Academy of American Poets Prize.
Selection is competitive, and the award is open to any full-
time Hope student.
The winning poet will receive a cash prize of $100
and acknowledgement in the academy's newsletter. The
winning poem will also be forwarded to the academy for
publication consideration in the organization's national
anthology. This year's entry deadline is Thursday, Feb. 7.
The award is through the University and College
Poetry Prize program of the Academy of American Poets. The
academy began the program in 1955 at 10 schools, and now
sponsors nearly 180 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and
The academy has awarded more than $350,000 to
nearly 10,000 student poets since the program's inception.
Poets honored through the program have included Diane
Ackerman, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Alice Fulton, Tess
Gallagher, Louise Gluck, Allen Grossman, Jorie Graham,
Kimiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Brad
Leithauser, J.D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr,
Robert Pinsky, Sylvia Plath, Mark Rudman, Mary Jo Salter,
Gjertrud Schnackenberg, George Starbuck, Mark Strand and
Submissions may be about any topic and in any
poetic form; each participant may submit up to five poems or
seven pages of poetry. There is no entrance fee, and the
review is anonymous.
Additional information concerning how to submit
work for consideration may be obtained from Dr. Susan Atefat
Peckham, who is an assistant professor of English and
coordinator of the Academy of American Poets Award program