H.S. Poetry Prize

The thirteenth annual

Smith College Poetry Prize
For High School Girls

An annual prize for Sophomore & Junior girls in New England


Award: $500
Judge for 2018-2019: Jenny George

The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading at
Smith College in April 2019

Submissions accepted: September 1 – December 1, 2018
One poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.
No entry fee. Application form required.
Winners will be announced in March 2019.

In addition to the cash prize awarded to the winner, she and the three finalists will receive a signed copy of a book of poems by the judge. The winner and finalists will also spend the day at Smith College, meeting privately with Marie Howe to discuss their poetry and presenting their winning work at Howe’s evening reading.

Sponsored by the Poetry Center at Smith College
The Poetry Center at Smith College was founded in 1997 with the goals of bringing distinguished poets to the College, creating a video archive of their readings, and promoting an appreciation of poetry in the larger community through outreach to schools.

The Poetry Center celebrates Smith’s long and illustrious relationship with such world-renowned poets as Sylvia Plath, W.H. Auden, Richard Wilbur, and Adrienne Rich.

About the Judge

JENNY GEORGE is a winner of the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships from The Bread Load Writers’ Conference, Lannan Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, Granta, the Iowa Review, FIELD, Copper Nickel and elsewhere. Jenny received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her debut collection, The Dream of Reason, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2018.