English Department Announces 2015 Davenport Poetry Contest

The English Department Announces The 2015 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 2014-15 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 Monica Berlin’s office (Old Main 302) no later than Wednesday, April 22 by 4 p.m. If you have questions about the submission guidelines, contact Monica Berlin (mberlin@knox.edu).

[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.]

Davenport Poetry Prizewinners will be announced at a special Caxton Club reading on Friday, May 8th at 4 o’clock in the Alumni Room of Old Main.

This year’s judge is Carolina Ebeid.

Carolina Ebeid was the 2012-2014 Fellow at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, and presently serves as a poetry editor for the online journal Better: Culture & Lit. Her work appears widely in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Crazyhorse, Memorious, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry, among others. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers, and has won awards and fellowships from CantoMundo, The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. She was recently granted an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry for 2015.
Carolina grew up in West New York, NJ, and will make Colorado her home for the next few years while she pursues a PhD in the University of Denver’s creative writing program. Her first book will be published by Noemi Press in 2016 as part of their Akrilica series.