Donald Justice Poetry Prize

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Donald Justice Poetry Prize
(Logo) Donald Justice Poetry PrizeIris N. Spencer Poetry Awards
The logo as it appears on books that have won
Awarded for unpublished 50-100 typed page
manuscript of formal poetry
Country United States
Presented by WCU Poetry Center
Reward(s) $1500, publication
First awarded 2006
Last awarded 2018
Website Donald Justice Poetry Prize

The Donald Justice Poetry Prize is a national competition[1] sponsored by the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards of the West Chester University Poetry Center. It has been given annually since 2006 to an American poet for an unpublished book-length manuscript of formal poetry.[2]

Each year, one manuscript is selected for the award [3] and is published in the spring. The submissions are judged blindly and selected by a notable poet who works in traditional forms. Past judges have included R. S. Gwynn, David Mason,[4]A. E. Stallings,[5]and Marilyn Nelson.

The winner receives $1,500 and will have the manuscript published in a single edition of 500 copies by Measure Press. The award is presented at the annual West Chester University Poetry Conference in early June. A full scholarship to the conference is included as part of the award.

Past winners[edit]

The following are the winners of the Donald Justice Poetry Award:[6]


  1. ^ a b Jessica Benham. "Texas Tech University Professor Receives Prestigious Donald Justice Poetry Prize." Texas Tech News. July 14, 2008
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ Julie Kane ~ interviewed by Derek Alger
  5. ^ a b Lori A. May "An interview with Ned Balbo." Poets’ Quarterly Issue 3 - Spring 2010
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ "Education briefly." Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. July 21, 2008
  8. ^ "Cenla Campus Spotlight." The Town Talk. Alexandria, La. Oct 6, 2008.