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Olivet College accepting entries for the Abbie M. Copps Poetry Competition
Aug 21, 2013

The Olivet College Humanities Department is currently accepting entries for the annual Abbie M. Copps Poetry Competition. The grand prize is $200 and publication in the 2014 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 Tuesday, Oct. 1.

This year’s judge is Gail Martin. She will read the winning poem and honorable mentions after a reading of her own work during the Abbie M. Copps Poetry Prize Reading Thursday, Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Dole Hall’s Klock Commons. This event is free and open to the public.

Martin is the author of “Begin Empty-Handed,” newly released from Perugia Press, an independent press in Massachusetts. Her manuscript won the 2013 Perugia Poetry Prize and was selected from more than 500 manuscripts. Her work is also featured in the forthcoming anthology “Poetry in Michigan, Michigan in Poetry” to be released in October by New Issues Press. Martin is widely published. Recent work appears in Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review and in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (University of Iowa). Her first book “The Hourglass Heart” (New Issues Press) was published in 2003. She is a Michigan native with roots in both southern and northern Michigan. She works as a psychotherapist in private practice in Kalamazoo, where she lives with her husband and her dog, Piper.

Only unpublished, unsigned poems of 100 lines or less are accepted for the competition.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.

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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