What is the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest?
Since 1962, this contest has been sponsored by Hollins University and awards prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school.

What are the prizes?
First place (one winner)

$200 cash prize
Free tuition for the two-week creative writing class in the university’s Hollins summer program
Publication in Cargoes, the Hollins’ student literary magazine
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Second place (six winners)

$25 cash prize
Publication in Cargoes
Two copies of Cargoes
What are the requirements?

All entries must be typewritten and be submitted by a member of the faculty or administration of the student’s school. No more than two poems by any one student may be submitted, and manuscripts cannot be returned. Each entry must be on a separate sheet and each sheet must include the following information in the upper right corner:
–Author’s name and gender
–Author’s mailing address
–Author’s phone no. and/or e-mail address
–Year of author’s high school graduation
–Faculty sponsor’s name and e-mail address
–Author’s school
–Address and phone no. of author’s school
If the poem is more than one page in length, label each page with author’s name, title of poem, and page number.

What is the deadline for entries?
November 15, 2007

Who chooses the winning poems?
Winners are chosen by students and faculty members in the creative writing program at Hollins.

When are winners notified?
By mid April, 2008

Where should entries be mailed?
Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9677
Roanoke, VA 24020-1677

3 Responses to “Poetry Contest For High School Girls”

  1. Mariah Jukes


    Not sure of whom I am or what I want to be
    Something I am confused about, accept me for me
    Living in a world that is not sure
    Everyday new things come, it’s a new door
    I am undecided because it hard to choose
    I want one person to understand how it feels to walk in my shoes
    No one knows the trouble I face
    This decision is just to hard to make
    I received help from both kinds
    But that’s not me; I have to make up my mind
    I express my feeling through writing, that’s just something I do
    I just can’t face the fact that I want to be like you
    Afraid of what my friends may say
    I believe if they were my friends they will have my back any day
    I think if I make the wrong decisions my family will be so disappointed with my future goals
    I have to follow my heart, not my soul
    I just want to be happy at the end of the day
    Going on a train just not one way!!!!
    I am undecided!!!


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