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Monday, October 02, 2006

Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

(Thanks to WV Writers Secretary Rhonda White for this info)

What is the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest?
Since 1962, this contest has been sponsored by Hollins University and awards prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school.

What are the prizes?

First place (one winner)
  • $200 cash prize
  • Free tuition for the two-week creative writing class in the university’s
    Hollinsummer program
  • Publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ student literary magazine
  • Ten copies of Cargoes.

  • Second place (six winners)

  • $25 cash prize
  • Publication in Cargoes
  • Two copies of Cargoes

  • What are the requirements?
    All entries must be typewritten and be submitted by a member of the faculty or administration of the student’s school. No more than two poems by any one student may be submitted, and manuscripts cannot be returned. Each entry must be on a separate sheet and each sheet must include the following information in the upper right corner:
  • Author’s name and gender
  • Author's mailing address
  • Author’s phone no. and/or e-mail address
  • Year of author’s high school graduation
  • Faculty sponsor’s name and e-mail address
  • Author’s school
  • Address and phone no. of author’s school
  • If the poem is more than one page in length, label each page with author’s
    name, title of poem, and page number.

  • What is the deadline for entries?
    November 15.

    Who chooses the winning poems?
    Winners are chosen by students and faculty members in the creative writing program at Hollins.

    When are winners notified?
    By mid April.

    Where should entries be mailed?
    Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
    Hollins University
    P.O. Box 9677
    VA 24020-1677

    Who was Nancy Thorp?
    Nancy Thorp, Hollins class of 1960, was a young poet who showed great promise when she was a student. Following her death in 1962, her family established the Nancy Thorp Contest to encourage the work of young poets.