Jane Underwood Poetry Prize
About the Prize
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, 2018.
Congratulations to the Winner!
The 2017 Jane Underwood Poetry Prize winner is Amanda Moore for her poem “When I Hear ‘Horses’ as ‘Corsets.'”
The Prizewinner Will Receive
Important Contest Dates
August 1, 2018 – November 1, 2018
Closed to Submissions
The Winner & Finalists will be
announced in January 2019.
- The contest is open only to California poets.
- The entry fee is $15. This fee is non-refundable.
- Contestants may submit one entry of up to 3 poems.
- Each of the 3 poems may not exceed 80 lines in length.
- We do not consider previously published work, which includes online publications.
- Poems should not include any information that reveals the identity of the author. Any entries that reveal the author’s identity will be discounted.
- Submissions will be accepted through Submittable.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Notify us immediately if a poem is placed elsewhere by adding a note to your submission at Submittable.
- Email and mail submissions will not be read.
- The winner and finalists will be announced at our website.
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.