Vanderbilt Announces Inaugural Literary Prize

The new prize comes as Vanderbilt marks its Sesquicentennial by honoring its strong connection to the arts


Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce the Vanderbilt University Literary Prize 

The Vanderbilt University Literary Prize will be awarded annually to the sole author of a full-length collection of poetry that demonstrates great poignancy combined with rigor in form, language and artistic vision. The new prize comes as Vanderbilt University marks its Sesquicentennial by honoring its strong connection to the arts. 

A collaboration of Vanderbilt University’s Office of the ChancellorVanderbilt University Press and Vanderbilt University’s English Department and MFA in Creative Writing Program, the contest seeks to recognize works of poetry whose originality is immediately identifiable in how the book renews our relationship to language; delves into underexplored areas of human experience; and makes claims on our lives that are urgent and aesthetic while also enacting historical, social, literary, political or spiritual awareness. 

“Elevating the humanities and the profound mastery of the written craft is part of Vanderbilt’s vibrant academic mission,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “Free expression through art, poetry or other means is one of our foundational values, and we are excited to celebrate it in this new and impactful way.” 

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