Cash Prize Offered for Vaughan Award for Poetry

September 17, 2015


Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawai‘i Pacific University's annual James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry celebrates local writers and the literary arts. This year's contest offers a $250 cash prize and publication in HPU's literary magazine Hawai‘i Pacific Review. Deadline is December 30

Assistant Professor of English Adele NeJame will judge the contest. NeJame is an award-winning poet, author of four books of poems, as well as many national and international publications. 

The award began in 2000 and is named for James A. Vaughan, who established a fund to enhance the poetry programs at the university. Vaughan was NeJame’s former student. Together, they shared many literary discussions. She said the class impacted him in a way that led him to generously contribute to support poetry at HPU and the community. NeJame credits James as a “great personal inspiration.” 

To participate, send three poems — hardcopy only — with a 60 line limit each, along with name, address, phone number, email address, names of the poems on a cover page, and a five-line biography to: Adele NeJame/James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry, 1188 Fort Street, MP 201-E, Honolulu, HI 96813. 

No author identification on the poems, please. Poems must be typed and in standard format (left justified margin and no unorthodox spacing) to be considered. Participants must have resided in Hawaii for at least one year. No previously published work may be submitted. Submissions must be postmarked by December 30, 2015. For more information on the contest, contact NeJame at 

The winner will be announced in January 2016. The award and a celebratory reading will take place at HPU’s annual Ko‘olau Writers Workshop, scheduled in spring of 2016. This event is supported in part by the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.