The WKU English Department and African American Studies program are pleased to announce a poetry contest as part of the 24th annual Mary Ellen and Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing. This year’s guest judge is poet Joy Priest, author of the award-winning poetry collection Horsepower (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020).

The poetry contest is open to all undergraduate English majors and minors, African American Studies minors, and students currently enrolled in a creative writing or African American Studies class. The top 10 finalists will participate in a virtual workshop, conducted by poet and guest judge Joy Priest, from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25, as well as receive a copy of her new poetry collection Horsepower. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive cash prizes.

The deadline to submit is Oct. 5. Finalists will be honored and winners announced at the virtual celebration that will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 via Zoom.

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