The Jane Underwood Poetry Prize was established to celebrate and memorialize Jane Underwood, the founder and long-time director of The Writing Salon, who passed away in February 2016. Jane was a gifted poet and photographer who made The Writing Salon a prominent and respected creative writing school in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was well known for her generous spirit and her direct and encouraging teaching style. A posthumous collection of her poems, entitled When My Heart Goes Dark, I Turn the Porch Light On, was published in April 2017. Open to all California poets, the prize is awarded for a single poem. The submission deadline is November 1, 2017.
The 2017 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner is Name LastName for his/her poem The Title of the Poem.
August 1, 2017 – November 1, 2017
The Winner & Finalists will be
announced in January 2018.
We believe that blind judging offers contestants a fair and unbiased reading of their work. We assure all contestants that their identity will not be revealed to our readers and ask that they refrain from including identifying information on their submissions. A selection of Writing Salon teachers will read the entries and judge the contest. All readers have a distinguished publication record and have won major poetry prizes. Each entry will pass through at least two readers.