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The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize

In the collaboration with the Department of English, the Rose O’Neill Literary House administers a major prize for undergraduates: THE JUDE AND MIRIAM PFISTER POETRY PRIZE.  

The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize was created through the nationally known Academy of American Poets and carries a $100 cash award. 

The winner of THE JUDE AND MIRIAM PFISTER POETRY PRIZE is announced at the annual Senior Reading in the spring semester.  

Guidelines are listed below.


The Rose O’Neill Literary House seeks entrants for The Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize, awarded to the Washington College undergraduate for a single poem.  The winning entry will receive a cash prize of $100 and a certificate from the Academy of American Poets.

The winner of the 2017 Pfister Prize was Lily Starr ’17 for her poem “Portrait of Boy Dancing.” 
Roswell Wells ’18 was awarded Honorable Mention for their poem “Detection and Care of Root-Rotted Thoughts.”



Poetry Prize entries should be emailed to  by March 21. Emails should include POETRY PRIZE and your name in the subject line. All electronic files must be saved as .pdf files with 12-point type and one-inch margins. A maximum of one poem is allowed per submission.

Entrants should take care to closely proofread their work and take advantage of the Writing Center. Questions about the criteria should be directed to James Allen Hall.