Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize

Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize
Prize: $1000 and publication in Helix magazine
2022 Judge: Ben Grossberg
Submission open from November 5th, 2021 to April 15th, 2022.

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 Grossberg will select a winner and one finalist. The winner and finalist will have their work published on The Helix website 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Submissions must be previously unpublished.

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

Leslie McGrath Poetry Prize Judge

Benjamin S. Grossberg’s books include My Husband Would (University of Tampa Press, 2020), a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, and Sweet Core Orchard (University of Tampa Press, 2009), winner of a Lambda Literary Award and the 2021 CT Book Awards.  He is the Director of Creative Writing at the University of Hartford.

Past Winners

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