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Caldwell Poetry Award

Established in 2006 through a generous gift of Jeanne and Will M. Caldwell to the College of LSA, cash prizes are awarded each year to first- and second-year students of the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts, as well as LSWA alumni.

The competition is divided into the following categories:

Written Poems

Students may submit their poem or poems (no more than five) to the LSWA office electronically by sending to by Monday, March 30 at 11:59PM. Poetry will be judged by a committee of students and faculty, and the winners will be announced in mid-April. The winning poem(s) will also be published in the LSWA Arts & Literary journal.


The Caldwells have a particular interest in public speaking and the oral interpretation of poetry. The Caldwell Poetry Award also recognizes students who excel in performing their work, demonstrating the transformative power of the spoken word. This category falls into two parts:

  • Original work; Students will recite their own poem. (one poem only)
  • Interpretive work; Students will give an oral interpretation of another poet's work. (one poem only)

Students must submit the poem(s) they will read (no more than one original and/or one interpretive) in addition to the application form to the LSWA office by emailing by March 30 at 11:59PM. You will be sent an MBox link within a day to upload the recording of your performance. (If you have any questions or need help with videotaping the performance, please email Your performance recording will be viewed by a committee of faculty and student judges who will vote on both the original and interpretive poems. Your performance recording will also be compiled with the other performance recordings to be released online as a compiled Caldwell Poetry Performance in mid-April. 

LSWA/LHSP Alumni Category

We have a category for students who are former Lloyd Hall Scholars (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019). LSWA/LHSP alum may submit written poems, or performance pieces, as noted above, but will be judged in a separate category. The same due dates apply.

Cash Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded (ranging between $100 – $500 per poem). All LSWA students are strongly encouraged to submit poems. Students must fill out an application available online as a Word document or as a PDF.

Questions? Please contact the LSWA office