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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) electronically by sending to by Monday, March 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Poetry will be judged by a committee of students and faculty, and the winners will be announced at LSWA's End-of-Year Festival on April 14. 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 by emailing by March 22 at 11:59 pm. The Caldwell Poetry Performance will be on Zoom on Thursday, March 25 at 7 pm. Winners will also be announced at LSWA's End-of-Year Festival on April 14. 

LSWA/LHSP Alumni Category

We have a category for students who are former Lloyd Hall Scholars (2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020). 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 email