HPU Seeks Poems for Annual Poetry Contest

September 12, 2014

HONOLULU— Hawai‘i writers are welcome to enter Hawaiʻi Pacific University’s James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, which has celebrated literary arts and local poets for more than a decade. HPU is calling for poems for the annual contest, which offers a feature in Hawaiʻi Pacific Review, the university’s literary magazine, as well as a $250 cash award.

Participants must have resided in Hawaiʻi for at least one year. No previously published work may be submitted. Submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 1, 2014.

To participate, send three poems with a 100-line limit each, along with a name, address, phone number, email address, names of the poems on a cover page, and a five-line biography to: James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, 1188 Bishop Street, MP 201-E, Honolulu, HI  96813.  No author identification on the actual poems, please. Poems must be typed to be considered.

The James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry began in 2000. Vaughan was a student of HPU Assistant Professor of English Adele NeJame and the award was established with a generous contribution from him. According to NeJame, Vaughan wanted to support poetry at HPU and in the community.

Together they had shared many literary discussions and NeJame credits Vaughan as a “great personal inspiration.”

The winner will be announced by HPU in January 2015, and the award and celebratory reading will take place at HPU’s annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops in spring of 2015. This event is supported in part by the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

For more information on the contest, contact NeJame at Learn more about the HPU English Department and literary life at Past recipients can be found at