We are pleased to announce that Arthur Sze will serve as the final judge for the 2021 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. A celebrated translator of Chinese poetry and professor emeritus at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Sze is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Sight Lines (Copper Canyon Press, 2019), which received the National Book Award for Poetry, and The Glass Constellation: New and Collected Poems, which will be published in April 2021. He has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Witter Bynner Foundation. Sze was the first poet laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and in 2012, he was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize is an award for a single poem, to be published in The Georgia Review. The winner will receive an honorarium of $1,500 and an expenses-paid trip to Athens, Georgia, to give a public reading with the judge.
Annual time frame: Submissions to be considered for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize must be sent either online from March 1 through May 1 or by regular mail postmarked within the same span of time. The winning poem and author will be announced by August 15, and the poem will appear in the Winter issue of the same year. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.
Entry requirements: No simultaneously submitted work. An entry may include one, two, or three poems, but no more than a total of ten standard pages in 12-point or larger type. Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Current subscribers to The Georgia Review may enter the competition free of charge*; non-subscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry—$30 for four issues, which is $10 off the regular price—or pay an entry fee of $15.
*Current subscribers (those with an active, paid subscription) should email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide their name and mailing address in order to receive a link to submit for free. Please allow 24 hours for your request to be processed.
Postal submissions: Include (1) a cover letter that provides the submitter’s phone number and email address and confirms that the poem or poems will not be under consideration elsewhere during the judging period, (2) a self-addressed and stamped envelope for announcement of contest winner and notice of whether your work has been selected for publication, and (3) if you are not a current subscriber, a check for either $30 to begin your subscription or $15 to cover your entry fee. Checks should be made payable to The Georgia Review, and envelopes should be addressed to The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009.
Online submissions: Instructions for submitting online can be found on Submittable. No prize entries will be accepted until March 1, and submissions will close May 1.
Please note that students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with the University of Georgia are ineligible for the LWPP. Intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of a judge are also ineligible to enter. Previous winners of our contest should wait three years before entering again.
The Georgia Review thanks the late Loraine Williams for her sponsorship of this prize. Ms. Williams was a longtime Atlanta-based patron of the arts.