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University partners with Georgia Tech,  Georgia State U. for poetry competition

UGA, under the auspices of the University of Georgia Press, has partnered with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University to establish the Georgia Poetry Prize.

A national competition that celebrates excellence in poetry, the Georgia Poetry Prize is supported by the Bruce and Georgia McEver Fund for the Arts and Environment. It will be open to unpublished, original collections of poems written in English by residents of North America. Judging will rotate annually among the poetry faculty at the three participating institutions, beginning in 2016 with Thomas Lux at Georgia Tech.

The authors of the winning manuscripts will receive a cash award of $1,000, their collection will be published by the University of Georgia Press under a standard book contract and they will be invited to read their work at UGA, Georgia Tech and Georgia State University. Interested parties may consult the guidelines and submit their manuscripts online through Submittable between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30.

Support for the McEver Fund comes from Bruce McEver, founder of Berkshire Capital Securities LLC and a member of the University of Georgia Press Advisory Council. A board member of the Poets House in New York, McEver also is a member of the Dean’s Council at the Harvard Divinity School. He has published three books of poetry and is a professor of practice at Georgia Tech, where he is a founding supporter of the Poetry at Tech program.