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, Cathy Linh Che, and Sara Eliza Johnson.
Congratulations to our 2018 winners!
Winner: Kaitlin Lamb, “Dear Persephone”
Honorable Mention: Sarah Stephen, “A Broken Wishbone Sits in My Palm.”
This year’s prize was determined by guest judge James Arthur.
2017 Winners and Finalists
Winner: Finnley Goff
Honorable Mention: Tess Burroughs
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).