The Poetry Society of Virginia endowed permanently a Mary Washington Academy of American Poets Prize. The contest is advertised during the spring semester, and a winner and runners-up are chosen by an outside judge in May. Previous judges include David Wojahn, Kelly Cherry, Steve Scafidi, Betty Adcock, Carolyn Foronda, Lyrae Van Clief Stefanon, and Catherine Macdonald, Oliver de la Paz, Tarfia Faizullah, and Cathy Linh Che.
Congratulations to our 2017 winners!
Winner: Finnley Goff, “Cottonmouth”
Honorable Mention: Tess Burroughs, “Kepler’s 3rd Law”
This year’s prize was determined by guest judge and prize-winning poet Sara Eliza Johnson,
author of Bone Map (Milkweed 2014, winner of the 2013 National Poetry Series).
2016 Winners and Finalists
Winner: Sarah Hansen
Honorable Mention: Alex Kolb
2015 Winners and Finalists
Winner: Nate Levine
Honorable Mention: Reilly Cundiff
2014 Winners and Finalists
Winner: Hannah Morgan
Honorable Mention: Virginia Dare Cox
2013 Winners and Finalists
Co-winners: Emily Humberson and Josh Roberts
Honorable Mention: Lizzie Greene
2012 Winners and Finalists
Co-winners: Helen Alston and Emily Duquette
Honorable Mention: Madeline McDonald and Will Thompson
For more information, please contact the Creative Writing Coordinator, Dr. Warren Rochelle (firstname.lastname@example.org).