Student Poetry Prizes

The UConn Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

An annual student poetry contest is held in conjunction with each year’s Wallace Stevens Poetry Program. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded. Prize winners read from their work at the annual program, and winning poems will be published in Long River Review.

Deadline: December 17, 2021

Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses, except previous first place winners.

Guidelines: Submit a single MS Word document containing the cover sheet followed by 5-8 pages of poems (cleanly typed, only one poem per page). This can be up to eight short poems, or several longer pieces. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line of the email must indicate the full name of the contest. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Prizes: $1,000 (first); $500 (second); $250 (third)

Past Student Prize Winners 

The Early College Experience Wallace Stevens Prize

An annual award is held for high school students participating in UConn’s ECE Program.

Deadline: January 14, 2022

Eligibility: Students enrolled in UConn’s ECE Program

Guidelines: Submit a 5-page packet of poems (cleanly typed, only one poem per page). Include a cover sheet listing: • Your name • Titles of poems • Home address • Home telephone number • UConn NetID (ex. abc12345) • Preferred e-mail address  (Your NetID should appear on every page, but your name should ONLY appear on the cover sheet.)

Prizes: $500 (first); $300 (second); $200 (third)

To submit: Please e-mail entries to Professor Sean Forbes at