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THE INA COOLBRITH MEMORIAL POETRY CONTEST

Deadline for submission will be announced.

The Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize was established by friends of Ina Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California.  The purpose of the competition is to encourage student poets.  Awards are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at the system-wide University of California campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and St. Mary's College.  Each participating campus may submit THREE ENTRIES selected from the submissions at their campus. All entries, including those from the judging campus, are forwarded to UC Berkeley.

To Enter

Your poem(s) must be original and unpublished.  You may enter as many poems as you wish, but each poem should have its own title.  Since submissions will not be returned, a copy should be retained.  Please limit entries to 15 pages or fewer.  Manuscripts should be typewritten or clearly printed.

Do not put your name on the poem(s).  On the front of each page submitted, in the upper right hand corner, type in:

  • The last four digits of your student identification number (SID)
  • The name of contest (Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Contest)
  • The number of pages of your submission

Each submission must be accompanied by a separate cover page with the following information:

  • Student’s name
  • Local address
  • Permanent address
  • Phone number
  • UCR Email address
  • Major
  • The last four digits of your student identification number (SID)
  • Contest name
  • Title(s) of poem(s)
  • Number of pages submitted (total)

Submit entries to:

Prof. Nalo Hopkinson (nalo.hopkinson@ucr.edu)
Department of Creative Writing
INTS 4127
University of California, Riverside

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