ENDOWED SPONSORSHIPS
 

  • EDGAR ALLAN POE MEMORIAL -Any form. No line limit. Award: $100. Sponsored by Poetry Society of Virginia

  • SARAH LOCKWOOD MEMORIAL – Sonnet in rhyme and meter. Any subject. Awards: $100, $75, $50

  • BESS GRESHAM MEMORIAL – Any form. Subject: friends and friendship. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

  • CARLETON DREWRY MEMORIAL – Any form. Subject: farm life or working the earth. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

  • BRODIE HERNDON MEMORIAL – Any form. Subject: heroism. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20

  • NANCY BYRD TURNER MEMORIAL – Sonnet or other traditional form. State the form. Any subject. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

  • JUDAH, SARAH, GRACE, AND TOM MEMORIAL – Any form. Subject: encouraging reflection on inter-ethnic relations. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Endowed and sponsored by Linda Nottingham.

  • CENIE H. MOON PRIZE – Any form. Subject: a woman or women. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

  • ADA SANDERSON MEMORIAL. Any form. Subject: Nature. 48 line limit. Award: $100.

  • CHARLOTTE WISE MEMORIAL. Any form. Any Subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.

  • THE ROBERT S. SERGEANT MEMORIAL. Any form. Subject: Birds. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

  • THE ANNE SPENCER MEMORIAL. Any form. Subject: Overcoming adversity. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20.

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORSHIPS
 

  • HANDY ANDY PRIZE. Limerick. Any Subject. Awards: $25, $15, $10 Sponsored by Ed Lull in memory James McNally.

  • ELIZABETH NEUWIRTH MEMORIAL. Iambic pentameter. Subject: a specific work of art other than poetry. (Identify the work in the title or in the poem and in an epigraph). 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by Claudia Gary.

  • LAURA DAY BOGGS BOLLING MEMORIAL. Any rhymed or unrhymed form. Poem written by adult for older school-age children, ages 10-12 years. 20 line limit.Awards: $50, $30, $20. Children, Alma, Flora, and Glade of Laura Day Boggs Bolling

  • JOE PENDLETON CAMPBELL MEMORIAL . Narrative poem. Any form. Any subject. 64 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by Paula Savoy.

  • RAYMOND LEVI HAISLIP MEMORIAL. Any form. Subject: celebrating technology. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by Otis L. Haislip, Jr.

  • A SENSE OF PLACE: The Elizabeth J. Urquhart Memorial. Places—manmade, natural, personal, or historical—inform poetry with the power to evoke the past and transcend the present. Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by the Williamsburg Poetry Guild.

  • NEW VOICES: The Joanne Scott Kennedy Memorial. Open only to poets who have never received a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd prize in any PSV contest. Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by the Williamsburg Poetry Guild.

  • HONORING FATHERHOOD AWARD . Any form. Subject: honoring Fathers and/or their sacrifices. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by Bill and Michelle O’Hearn, in memory of Theodore Tomala, Jr.

  • EKPHRASTIC POETRY AWARD. Subject: A poem based on a work of art other than poetry. (Either send a copy of the work or include a link to it.) Any form. 48 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by Lynn Young in memory of Carl Edward Young, Jr. and Judy Fletcher and Clark Rubendall.

POETRY SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA MEMBERS ONLY
 

  • EMMA GRAY TRIGG MEMORIAL. Lyric poem. Any subject. 64 line limit. PSV members only Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.

  • KARMA DEANE OGDEN MEMORIAL. Any form. Any subject. 48 line limit. PSV members only Awards: $50, $30, $20.Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.

VIRGINIA RESIDENTS ONLY
 

  • LORETTA DUNN HALL MEMORIAL. Any form. Subject: family. 24 line limit.. Sponsored by Phyllis Hall Haislip.

UNDERGRADUATE VA STUDENTS ONLY
 

  • UNDERGRADUATE POETRY AWARD. Any form. Any subject such as loss, overcoming a significant setback, or a strong feeling. 36 line limit. Awards: $50, $30, $20. Sponsored by the Poetry Society of Virginia.