H.S. Poetry Prize


The twelfth annual
Smith College Poetry Prize
For High School Girls

An annual prize for Sophomore & Junior girls in New England

Award: $500
Judge for 2017-2018: Marie Howe

The winner & three finalists will read their poems at the Judge’s reading at
Smith College in April 2018

Submissions accepted: September 1 – December 1, 2017
One poem per student, maximum of 25 lines.
No entry fee. Application form required.
Winners will be announced in March 2018.

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

MARIE HOWE writes with stunning simplicity and intimacy. She is the author of The Good Thief, The Kingdom of Ordinary Time, and What the Living Do, which is in large part a personal elegy to her brother John, who died of AIDS. Michael Cunningham pronounced her long-anticipated new book Magdalene “gorgeous, ferocious, lacerating, sexy, and profoundly compassionate.” Howe has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU.