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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, these prizes are awarded each year to first- and second-year students of the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts.

Check back in early 2020 for this year's submission timeline.

The competition is divided into the following categories:

Written Poems

Students may submit their poem or poems (no more than five) to the LHSP office electronically by sending to by noon on Monday, March 25, 2019. Poetry will be judged by a committee of students and faculty, and the winners will be announced at the LHSP Arts & Literary Festival (April 17). The winning poem(s) will also be published in the LHSP 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 poems.
  • Interpretive work; Students will give an oral interpretation of another poet's work.

In both cases, students must submit the poem they will read (no more than one) to the LHSP office by noon on Monday, March 25, 2019. On Thursday, March 28 at 8pm, students will perform; a committee of faculty and student judges will rate the students and vote on these two categories.

LHSP Alumni Category

We have a category for students who are former LHSP members and are still at U-M.  LHSP alum may submit written poems, or performance pieces, as noted above, but will be judged in a separate category. The same due dates also apply.

Cash Prizes

Cash prizes will be awarded (ranging between $100 – $500 per poem). All LHSP students are strongly encouraged to submit poems. Students must fill out an application, available in the LHSP office and online.

Questions? Please contact the LHSP office.