The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize


We are pleased to announce that Stephen Dunn will be the final judge for The Georgia Review’s 2019 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize. Dunn is the author of nearly twenty books of poetry and prose, including Different Hours (the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for poetry) and the forthcoming Pagan Virtues.

We are also excited to share that the prize has increased this year from $1,000 to $1,500.

Annual time frame: Submissions to be considered for the Loraine Williams Poetry Prize must be sent either online from March 15 through May 15 or by regular mail postmarked within the same span of time. The winning poem and author will be announced by August 15, and the poem will appear in the Spring issue of the following year. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid our regular poetry honorarium of $4 per line.

Entry requirements: No simultaneously submitted work. An entry may include one, two, or three poems, but no more than a total of ten standard pages in 12-point or larger type. Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Current subscribers to The Georgia Review may enter the competition free of charge*; non-subscribers may begin a subscription at the time of entry—$30 for four issues, which is $10 off the regular price—or pay an entry fee of $15. (A $15 shipping charge will be added to international subscriptions.)

*Current subscribers (i.e.: subscribers with an active, paid subscription) should email and provide their name and mailing address in order to receive a link to submit for free. Please allow 24 hours to process your request.  

Postal submissions: Include (1) a cover letter that confirms the poem or poems will not be under consideration elsewhere during the judging period, (2) a self-addressed and stamped envelope for announcement of contest winner and notice of whether your work has been selected for publication, and (3) if you are not a current subscriber, a check for either $30 to begin your subscription or $15 to cover your entry fee. Checks should be made payable to The Georgia Review, and envelopes should be addressed to The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize, The Georgia Review, Room 706A Main Library, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-9009.

Online submissions: Instructions for submitting online can be found on Submittable. No prize entries will be accepted until March 15, and submissions will close May 15.


The Georgia Review 
thanks the late Loraine Williams for her sponsorship of this prize. Ms. Williams was a longtime Atlanta-based patron of the arts.