The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

We offer our congratulations to Elly Bookman, who was selected by judge Naomi Shihab Nye as winner of the fifth annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Bookman will receive $1,000 for her poem “Lesson,” which will appear in our Spring 2018 issue.

We thank everyone who submitted to this year’s contest, and we look forward to reading work from both previous and first-time entrants when the sixth annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize competition opens on April 1, 2018. The 2018 prizewinner will be selected by Natasha Trethewey.


Elly Bookman’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, the Florida Review, the Journal, and elsewhere. She was the recipient of the first annual Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from APR, and was featured in Rattle’s Poets Respond series. She writes and teaches in Atlanta, Georgia.

Annual time frame: Submissions to be considered for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize must be sent either online from April 1 through May 15 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 Spring issue of the following 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. Current subscribers to The Georgia Review may enter the competition free of charge; non-subscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry—$35 for four issues, which is $5 off the regular price—or pay an entry fee of $15. (A $15 shipping charge will be added to international subscriptions.)

Postal submissions: Include (1) a cover letter that confirms 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 $35 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 April 1, and submissions will close May 15.