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Undergraduates- Submit poetry for the Virginia Rucker Walter Poetry Prize!

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Undergraduate English majors are invited to enter the annual Virginia Rucker Walter Poetry Prize!

The competition will be judged this year by poet and UGA alum Ginger Ko

This year, the judge will select a winner and 2 runners up. See scholarship amounts below:

  • Winner will receive $2000
  • 1st Runner-up will receive $1000
  • 2nd Runner-up will receive $1000

To enter the competition, please follow the guidelines below:


Each entrant must assemble two different PDF files. The first file contains the poem only. You may only submit one poem. This file should bear no markings identifying the entrant. The second file is a simple cover sheet, containing your name, e-mail address, telephone number, and the title and first line of the poem you're submitting.


Please send both files, attached to a single e-mail message, to Peyton Bailey, Creative Writing Assistant, at this address: The subject line of the message should read, "Poetry Prize 2023."


The deadline for all submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 3rd. Results will be announced in mid-April.



About the judge:

Ginger Ko is an Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University’s MFA program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing. She is the author of Motherlover (Bloof Books) and Inherit (Sidebrow), as well as several chapbooks. Her poetry and essays can be found in The Atlantic, American Poetry Review, The Offing, VIDA Review, and elsewhere. You can find her online at

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