Alumna Karen McKinnon, who is a poet herself, is funding a poetry contest this Spring.

1st place prize is $1000;  2nd place prize is $500;  3rd place prize is $250.

The deadline to submit poetry is February 28th, 2017.

To be eligible, students must be enrolled at least part-time at UNM at the undergraduate level; have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; and complete a thank you letter to the donor, Karen McKinnon, upon notification of the award

By February 28th, submit one poem as a .pdf with a cover page containing name, address, phone, email, and poem title. Submissions may be poems in form or free verse. Your name should not appear on the page with the poem.  Only one submission is allowed per student. Poems should be 1 or 2 pages, no longer than 2 pages.  (If necessary, two columns on a page would be acceptable.)

The competition will be judged by Karen McKinnon along with a committee of faculty readers. The winners will be announced in early April (National Poetry Month) and the awards will be presented at an event that will be scheduled later in April.

Email submissions to the Director of Creative Writing, Diane Thiel at dthiel@unm.edu. Professor Thiel will email a confirmation when the submission is received.