James A. Vaughan Prize for Poetry Competition

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Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Hawai‘i Pacific University’s James A. Vaughan Prize for Poetry has celebrated the literary arts and writers in Hawai‘i for more than a decade. HPU is calling for entries for the annual contest, which offers publication in Hawai‘i Pacific Review, the annual literary magazine published by the university, as well as a $250 cash award. Deadline for submissions is December 30.

To participate, send three poems, hardcopy only, a 60 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: 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 to be considered.

Participants must have resided in Hawai‘i for at least one year or be graduates of Hawai‘i Pacific University. No previously published work may be submitted. Submissions must be postmarked by December 30, 2016.

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.

James A. Vaughan was NeJame’s former student; her class impacted him in a way that lead him to generously contribute to support poetry at HPU and the community. Together they have shared many literary discussions, and NeJame credits James as a “great personal inspiration.” For more information on the contest, contact NeJame at anejame@hpu.edu.

The winner will be announced in January 2017, and the award and celebration reading will take place at HPU’s annual Ko‘olau Writers Workshop in spring of 2017.

This event is supported in part by the Hawai‘i Literary Arts Council and the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. The James A. Vaughan Award for Poetry which began in 2000, is named after HPU alumnus James A. Vaughan, who established a fund to enhance the poetry programs at the university.