Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize

Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize
Prize: $1000 and publication in Helix magazine
2021 Judge: Marilyn Nelson
Submission open from February 1st to April 15th, 2021.

In honor of beloved poet and educator, Leslie McGrath, The Helix is launching a poetry contest. McGrath, who unfortunately passed in August 2020, was the author of three poetry collections: Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (2009), Out From the Pleiades (2014), and Feminists Are Passing From Our Lives (2018). She also won the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry as well as the Gretchen Warren Prize from the New England Poetry Club.

Follow these links for more information on Leslie McGrath:

Interview with The Nervous Breakdown
McGrath’s Poetry

Writers may submit one poem of any length or style. Judge Nelson will select a winner and one finalist. The winner and finalist will have their work published on The Helix online as well as in the print annual. In conjunction with this, the winner will be invited to an event at CCSU.

First place will receive $1000. One finalist $100. Reading fee $10.
Poetry must be set in 12 pt Times New Roman font and should be single-spaced. 
Submissions must be previously unpublished.

If you decide to write a new poem to submit, consider writing in conversation with one of McGrath’s poems. One may also take a line of her poetry and respond to it in a poem of their own. This is not a requirement. Whether or not you decide to consider connecting McGrath’s work with your own, all poems will be considered equally by the contest staff and Marilyn Nelson.

Any questions regarding the contest can be directed to helixmagazine@gmail.com
We look forward to reading your submission.

submissions now closed

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