English Department Upcoming Events Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest
Congratulations to winners of the 25th Annual Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest at Midland College. Winners are shown here with contest benefactor. Pictured from left to right are Amber Power, Honorable Mention; Kathryn Hedin, 1st Place; Eniola Olowookere, 4th Place; Carol Schwartz, Contest Benefactor; Michael Guiterrez, Honorable Mention; Victoria Orona, Honorable Mention; and Blake Rackey, 3rd Place. Not shown is John Bosworth who won 2nd Place.
Please visit this page in the Winter, when it will be updated with information about the 2014 edition of the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest.
The Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest — with more than $1,000 in prize money going to the winning poets — has been called one of the most prestigious in the state. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, and her love of poetry and Midland College. Hilda Simmons Levitt graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University where she also studied under poet Robert Penn Warren. In 1979, at the age of 62, Mrs. Levitt decided to pursue writing again. For the next seven years, until her death in 1986, she studied creative writing at Midland College. The contest is now underwritten by Mrs. Levitt’s daughter Carol Schwartz, who lives in Washington, D.C.
This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Contest. It honors student poets at Midland College with publication, recognition, and cash awards. The contest is open to anyone who has taken an English course at Midland College in the last calendar year. Entrants may submit up to five poems. All entries must be submitted online by April 5, 2013. The entry form is available through the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest link on the English Department Website .
• Online contest entry form (secure online form)
This year's judge will be William Wenthe, whose whose third book of poems, Words Before Dawn, was published in October by LSU Press. Dr. Wenthe's poems have been published in Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, The Southern Review and other journals, and have earned him numerous accolades including fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, as well as the Natalie Ornish Poetry Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech University.
Wenthe will give a reading along with the winners of this year's contest at an Awards Celebration to be held Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room of the Scharbauer Student Center on the Midland College campus.
Grand Award: $600 and Award Plaque
Second Place Award: $400 and Award Plaque
Third Place Award: $200 and Award Plaque
Fourth Place Award: $100 and Award Plaque
NOTE: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards if entries are lacking in quality.
The Awards Celebration will be held Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room of the Scharbauer Student Center on the Midland College campus. Winners will not be notified in advance, and are expected to attend the awards ceremony. Failure to attend may result in loss of awards.
Selected writings from the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest will be published in Tableau, an annual student publication produced through cooperation of the Departments of English and Journalism, and may also appear on the Midland College website. The material published will be selected by the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest Committee, and approved by the president of Midland College.
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