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2019 College Poetry Competition

The Worcester County Poetry Association inaugurated the College Poetry Contest in 2008 to encourage and recognize the next generation of poets. The finalists are nominated by faculty and administrators from participating colleges in Worcester County. Submissions are judged for the Manuscript Prize, and finalists are asked to perform two submitted poem at an event held each April for the Performance Prize. Judges are chosen from the central Massachusetts poetry community.

In September 2018 the Worcester County Poetry Association Annual College Poetry Contest was renamed the "Elizabeth Bishop Manuscript Prize" and "Etheridge Knight Performance Prize" in honor of their connections to Worcester. Thanks to the generosity of the Annual College Poetry Contest founder, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, the WCPA has also established an endowment with the Greater Worcester Community Foundation to support and sustain this annual literary event.  

Students compete for a cash award and a one-year WCPA membership in each category. Additionally, a poem from the winning manuscript will be published in the next edition of the WCPA literary journal, The Worcester Review.

Later Event: April 8
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