The Lora A. Printz Memorial Poetry Prize is an annual contest that recognizes student achievement in poetry writing on the Tennessee Tech University campus. The contest was initiated in 1970 by Mrs. Dorothy Pennebaker, a former TTU professor, in memory of her mother, the late Mrs. Lora A. Printz (1891-1970). Mrs. Printz sought to instill her lifelong love of poetry in her children and grandchildren.
In 1990 The Lora A. Printz Memorial Prize was permanently established by a generous gift made by Dr. Martha Osborne, the daughter of Mrs. Pennebaker and granddaughter of Mrs. Printz, in to continue her grandmother's legacy of fostering interest in poetry among young people. Dr. Osborne is professor emeritus at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
A prize of one hundred dollars ($100) will be awarded to the best poem submitted to the contest, and the winning poem will be published in Homespun, Tennessee Tech University’s student literary e-magazine.
Drop off your entries in the English Department Office (Henderson 320) no later than 4 PM, Friday, March 21, 2014 (the first Friday after Spring Break). Winners will be announced on the Department website on or about April 4, 2014.
Judging will be based not only on what you write about but how you write about it – the angle or perspective you take (word-choices, phrasing, details, and imagery).
Try to tell and show readers something they haven’t heard or seen before. If it’s something they’ve already heard and seen before, then tell and show it in some new or different way! Previous winning entries have contained a lively imaginative “spark”: honest emotion; expressive but also skilled use of words and grammar; inventive form and structure; animated rhythm along with deft timing and pacing; conscientious craftsmanship, and the like. Don’t be afraid to try something new or different!
Questions about the contest may be directed to:
Rowan Lumb, "a scarecrow's deck of cards"
Runners-up (in alphabetical order):
Alex Swartz, "Work"
Robert Novick, "How I Learned"