Shenandoah announces the Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia poets

shenandoah reviewShenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review is looking for Virginia poets to submit to the 2014 Graybeal-Gowen Prize for Virginia Poets. This annual prize awards $500 to a writer born in or with current established residence in Virginia.

Last year’s winner was Nancy Schoenberger of Williamsburg, Virginia, with “London Foundling Hospital,” which was chosen from more than 150 entries. Schoenberger’s poem appeared in the 2014 winter/spring issue of “Shenandoah” (

The submission period for this year’s Graybeal-Gowen Prize extends from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15, 2014. “Shenandoah” will accept up to three poems of 100 lines or less, and the 2014 winning poem will be published in March 2015. Submissions are accepted by mail or through the submittable link on Shenandoah’s website ( No entry fee is required.

Send one copy of each poem (with contact information in upper right-hand corner), SASE and brief biographical note, which should confirm the basis for eligibility as a Virginian, to:

The Graybeal-Gowen Prize
17 Courthouse Square
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450-2116

Entries should be postmarked between Oct. 15 and Nov. 15, 2014.

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