A prize of $2,500 will be awarded for an original, unpublished poem that evokes the American South. Poets may enter only one poem in any style no longer than three pages (12 point font, one inch margins). A cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and the title of your submission must be included. Poems must be submitted to the address below by regular mail and postmarked between the dates of January 1 – May 1, 2020. Submissions will not be returned so be sure to keep your own copy. Susan Kinsolving will judge. The winner will be notified by August 2020 and invited to attend the Willie Morris Award ceremonies in October 2020 with travel expenses paid for the occasion.
The submission window for the 2019 award is closed. We look forward to announcing the winner in August 2020.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019: Melissa Cannon, “Mercury Poises on the Pinnacle of Nashville’s Bygone Union Station”
Note: Current University of Mississippi students and employees are not eligible for this award.