Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry & More

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As of today, January 18th, there is still room available for the upcoming Dinner on DePaul featuring alumni working in Writing & Publishing. This program will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Alumni Center (2400 N. Sheffield). Registration at or via phone at 773-325-8941 is required by Tuesday, Jan 22 – space is limited.


Old Dominion University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program and Barely South Review are proud to offer the 2013 Norton Girault Literary Prize in Poetry.

The Norton Girault Literary Prize is an annual prize alternates among Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction genres. The 2013 prize will be offered for poetry. One prize will go to a single poem, which will receive $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. One honorable mention will also be selected to receive $200.00 and publication.

The final judge for the 2013 competition is poet David Wojahn, born in St. Paul, Minnesota and educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Arizona. His first collection, Icehouse Lights, was chosen by Richard Hugo as a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, and published in 1982. The collection was also the winner of the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Book Award. His second collection, Glassworks, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 1987, and was awarded the Society of Midland Authors’ Award for best volume of poetry to be published during that year. Pittsburgh is also the publisher of four of his subsequent books, Mystery Train (1990), Late Empire (1994), The Falling Hour (1997) and Spirit Cabinet (2002). Interrogation Palace: New and Selected Poems 1982-2004, published by Pittsburgh in 2006, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the O. B. Hardison Award from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is currently Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is also a member of the program faculty of the MFA in Writing Program of Vermont College of the Fine Arts. The Academy of American Poets recently awarded him the 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize for his book World Tree (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011).


  • Submissions are through Barely South Review’s Submittable page, available at:
  • Submissions are read blind. Please do not put your name in the file with your poems or in the “Title” field in Submittable.
  • Submit 1 to 3 poems, up to ten pages, in one document with 12-pt Times New Roman and 1” margins. Please ensure no identifying information is in this file.
  • Please take a minute to fill out the survey. Address and phone number are required.

You can learn more about Barely South Review at, or follow them at and


Drinking Gourd Launch EventThe Northwestern Poetry and Poetics Colloquium invites you to a celebration of words, music, and dance as they launch the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize Chapbook Series. To celebrate the publication of the first annual Drinking Gourd chapbook, Kristiana Rae Colón’s promised instruments, they will be hosing a launch event at the Poetry Foundation’s performance space in downtown Chicago on Thursday, January 31st at 7 p.m.

Renowned poet Ed Roberson, author of eight books of poetry and winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, joins poet and playwright Kristiana Rae Colón, winner of the inaugural Drinking Gourd Prize. The evening will include readings from Roberson’s Closest Pronunciation and Colón’s promised instruments; live vocal performances of the great coded songs of the Underground Railroad and other African-American spirituals by Timothy McNair, bass at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University; and contemporary dance with original choreography by Devin Buchanan of Giordano Dance Chicago.

The Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize is a first-book award for emerging poets of color, combining the efforts of Northwestern’s Poetry and Poetics Colloquium and Northwestern University Press in celebrating and publishing works of lasting cultural value and literary excellence.

You can find more details about the event on the Poetry Foundation’s website,, and about the Poetry and Poetics Colloquium at Northwestern at


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