Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 8:00am - Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm



You are invited to compete for the 2020 H. MacKnight Black Competition in Poetry Prize (open to seniors only) or the 2020 Jean Corrie Poetry Competition Prize (open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors).


A maximum of three poems may be submitted, each printed on a separate sheet of paper. All poems submitted must be original and unpublished in campus publications or elsewhere, including on blogs and anywhere else on the Internet.  The poems must be labeled with the name of the prize (H. MacKnight Black or Jean Corrie) for which you are eligible.  The writer’s name, class year, email address, and phone number must appear on the accompanying envelope or folder but not on the poems themselves.


All entries must be submitted to Ms. Maureen Mulrooney, administrative assistant, Department of English, 316 Pardee, no later than noon on Wednesday, February 12.


The H. MacKnight Black Prize ($500 by deed of gift) is awarded annually in memory of H. MacKnight Black ’16, who at the time of his death in 1931 was one of America’s significant poets.  The Jean Corrie Prize ($100 by deed of gift) is sponsored by both the Lafayette College Department of English and the Academy of American Poets.  


Entries are judged by award-winning poets. The judge of the 2020 H. MacKnight Black Competition will be Terrance Hayes, a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the National Book Award, the Hurston/Wright Award for Poetry, and the Whiting Writers Award. The judge of the 2020 Jean Corrie Competition in Poetry will be Owen McLeod, a widely published poet and winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry for Dream Kitchen.


If you have any questions, please contact Professor Lee Upton at uptonlee@lafayette.edu.


Contact information

Lee Upton