2012 Donald Justice Poetry Prize Winner
Kean Spencer, Kim Bridgford and 2011 winner, Amit Majmudar
The distinguished American poet Donald Justice is recognized as one of the finest poets of the late twentieth century. The recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Bolingen Prize, and numerous honors for his verse, Justice was a masterful and exacting craftsman, traits that define the prize named in his honor. The prize is made possible through the generosity of the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Prizes. The Justice Prize welcomes unpublished, original book-length collections of poems that pay attention to form for consideration in the competition. Two winners from the competition will each receive $1,000, and have her/his manuscript published. We ask that applicants adhere to the following guidelines.
The biennial competition is open to all American poets regardless of whether they have previously published a book-length collection.
Donald Justice Poetry Prize
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Submitted manuscripts will not be returned. For notification of contest results, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
The judge for this award will be Dick Davis. One winner from the competition will be designated for 2014, and one for 2015. Each winner will receive her/his prize, and give a public reading at the annual West Chester University Poetry Conference in early June, 2014/2015.