In partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia, the University of Georgia Press has established the Georgia Poetry Prize, a national competition that celebrates excellence in poetry.
Supported by the Bruce and Georgia McEver Fund for the Arts and Environment, the Georgia Poetry Prize will be open to unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by residents of North America. Judging will rotate annually among the poetry faculty at the three participating institutions, beginning with Thomas Lux in 2016.
“We see the Georgia Poetry Prize as a way to honor a poet at any point in his or her career. In short, we’re looking for the best new book of poems, period. Equally important, we see the prize as a way of uniting the three largest public institutions in Georgia who have served the craft of poetry for years now and continue to do so,” said Lux, Bourne Professor of Poetry and Director of Poetry at Tech at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
The authors of the winning manuscripts will receive a cash award of $1,000, their collection will be published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract, and they will be invited to read their work at all three affiliated campuses: UGA, Georgia Tech, and Georgia State University. Interested parties may consult the guidelines and submit their manuscripts online through Submittable between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2015.
“We are pleased to be the publishing partner for this new award, made possible through the generosity of Bruce McEver, a poet and champion of poets. The Georgia Poetry Prize will enable more strong, diverse poetic voices to join the universal creative conversation, ” said UGA Press Director Lisa Bayer.
Support for the McEver Fund comes from Bruce McEver, founder of Berkshire Capital Securities LLC and member of the University of Georgia Press Advisory Council. McEver is on the Board of the Poets House (New York, NY) and a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School. He has published three books of poetry and is a Professor of Practice at Georgia Institute of Technology, where he is a founding supporter of the Poetry at Tech program.