Submit Your Poetry to Our Anual McKinnon Poetry Contest

We are seeking submissions for the annual Karen McKinnon Poetry Contest!

1st Place Prize is $1000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250

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

Complete a thank you letter to the donor’s family upon notification of the award

Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2021

Please attach two pdf files. One file should contain the poem with no identifying information. Student’s name should not appear on the page(s) with the poem. The second file should consist of a cover page containing name, address, phone, email, poem title. Submissions may be poems in form or free verse. 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.) Poems submitted should be unpublished and should not have won or placed in any other competition.

The winners will be announced in early April (National Poetry Month) and the awards will be featured at an event in April and/or on the English Dept. webpage. (The competition will be judged by a committee of faculty readers.)

Email submissions to Professor Diane Thiel ( Professor Thiel will reply, acknowledging receipt of the poem.

For questions, contact:

Diane Thiel, Professor of English and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies at