The twelfth annual
Smith College Poetry Prize
For High School Girls
An annual prize for Sophomore & Junior girls in New England
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. Her most recent volume of poems, What the Living Do, is in large part a personal elegy to her brother John, who died of AIDS. With Michael Klein, she co-edited In the Company of My Solitude: American Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. She has been a fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, and a recipient of NEA and Guggenheim fellowships. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.