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English Endowment Lora A. Printz Poetry Prize

About The Prize

The Lora A. Printz Memorial Poetry Prize is an annual contest which recognizes student achievement in poetry writing on the Tennessee Tech University campus. The contest was initiated in 1970 by Mrs. Dorothy Pennebaker, a former Tennessee Tech professor, in memory of her mother, the late Mrs. Lora A. Printz (1891-1970), who sought to instill her lifelong love of poetry in her children and grandchildren. 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, 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 four hundred dollars ($400) will be awarded to the best poem, with a one hundred dollars ($100) honorable mention prize, and the winning poems will be designated for publication in The Iris Review, Tennessee Tech University's student literary magazine.

Contest Rules

  1. The contest is open to all students enrolled in a degree program at Tennessee Tech during the 2020-21 academic year.
  2. Students may submit three original poems of any length. All subjects, all styles, and all forms are welcome. This includes traditional metrical verse as well as free verse.
  3. Poems which have won previous substantial monetary awards are not eligible for this contest.
  4. Each poem must be typed, single-spaced, on one side only of 8½- by 11-inch sheets of white paper. Poems may be of any length. Do not put more than one poem on a page. Each poem must have a title. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
  5. Do not put your name on the entry itself. Instead, include a cover page bearing the titles of the poem, your name, T number, campus box number, email address, and telephone number.
  6. Make copies of your poems. Entries cannot be returned.
  7. All poems will be considered for publication in future issues of The Iris Review. If you do not wish to have your work published in The Iris Review, please do not submit it to the contest!

Deadline For Submissions And Judging Criteria

Address your entries to "Printz Contest, c/o Prof. Pelton" and drop them off in the English Department Office (Henderson Hall 320) no later than the last Friday in March by 4:00 pm. 

For More Information

Contact Professor Ted Pelton at

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