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Olivet College accepting entries for the 46th Abbie M. Copps Poetry Competition
Sep 10, 2012

The Olivet College Humanities Department is currently accepting entries for the 46th Abbie M. Copps Poetry Competition. The grand prize is $200 and publication in the 2013 Garfield Lake Review, the college’s annual journal of literary writing and artwork. Honorable mentions will also be published in the Garfield Lake Review. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

This year’s judge is poet Mary Jo Firth Gillett. She will read the winning poem and honorable mentions prior to a reading of her own work during the Abbie M. Copps Poetry Prize Reading Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Dole Hall’s Klock Commons.

Mary Jo Firth Gillett’s collection, Soluble Fish, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her three award-winning chapbooks are Chandeliers of Fish, Tiger in a Hairnet, and Not One. Her poems have appeared in The Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Gettysburg Review, Third Coast, Green Mountains Review and other journals. She is a recipient of the NY Open Voice Award, a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan and several Pushcart Prize nominations. In addition, she was awarded a 2012 Kresge Artist Fellowship.

Only unpublished, unsigned poems of 100 lines or less are accepted for the competition. There is no limit to the number of entries per person, but there is a $5 per poem fee. Entries should be submitted online at http://garfieldlakereview.submittable.com/submit. Additional information about previous winners may be found online at http://www.garfieldlakereview.com.

The competition was named after Copps, who was a member of the Olivet faculty for 48 years and retired in 1968. She was chair of the English Department and was made professor emeritus upon her retirement. She passed away in 1973.

For questions regarding the competition, contact director Martha Perkins, Ph.D., professor of humanities, at mperkins@olivetcollege.edu.


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