Academy of American Poets Contest!

Poetry Contest
Open to All Cal Poly Students

First Place Prize: $100
Judge: Kevin Clark

About the Judge:

Kevin Clark’s Self-Portrait with Expletives won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition, and a new collection, The Consecrations, is forthcoming in 2021. His textbook on writing poetry is used in classrooms across the U.S. Recently, his chapbook rendering the scars of war, The Wanting, won the Five Oaks Press chapbook prize. He is the current Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo County.


  • Must be currently registered to enter
  • Submit up to three poems, totaling no more than 150 lines
  • Include all poems in a single Word document or PDF, with your name and email in the righthand corner of everypage; name the file with your last name only
  • Send via email to the English Department at; write “Academy of American Poets contest” in the subject line
  • Deadline: Friday, May 1, at 4PM

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