The English Department Announces The 2017 Davenport Poetry Contest


Entries are now being accepted for the annual Davenport Prize in Poetry sponsored by the English Department.


1) entrants must be in “good standing” but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course; students who completed coursework on campus during the 2016-17 school year, but have not yet commenced and are not currently enrolled are eligible to submit, provided they will be commencing from Knox in June;

2) manuscripts should include three poems; only one manuscript submission per student is allowed (our judge reserves the right to select prize winners based on a single poem or on the manuscript as a whole);

3) submitted poems need not be written especially for the contest, but poems cannot have been previously published off-campus (note that publication on-campus does not exclude a poem from entry); no poem that has received a prize in a Knox contest may be submitted to any subsequent contest, although a rejected manuscript may be submitted a second time;

4) your submission must include a title page or cover sheet with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of each poem; please leave name off subsequent pages;

5) only original work by the contestant may be entered (translations are not eligible);

6) all entries must be submitted in hardcopy to Cyn Fitch’s office (Old Main 217) no later than Wednesday, April 19 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Cyn Fitch .

[Note: Cash prizes are determined by the English Department, in consultation with the judge’s recommendations for awards. As well, the prize-winning manuscripts each year will be retained by the college and may be published on the English Department’s website.]


This year’s poetry judge is Knox alumna, Anna Leahy.

Anna Leahy ’88 is the author of the poetry collections Aperture, Constituents of Matter, and Sharp Miracles. With Douglas R. Dechow, she is the author of the nonfiction book Generation Space: A Love Story. Her essays won the 2016 prizes at Ninth Letter and Dogwood, and her book Tumor will be out in October 2017. She is the editor and co-author of What We Talk about When We Talk about Creative Writing. She edits the international journal TAB and curates the Tabula Poetica reading series at Chapman University, where she teaches in the MFA and BFA programs.

Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 12 at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Room of Old Main.


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