Department ofEnglish


Are you passionate about poetry? Enter your work into the Ina Coolbrith contest!

Deadline: Thursday, January 15, 2015.

The Ina Coolbrith poetry prizes were established by friends of Ina Coolbrith, former Poet Laureate of California. Approximately $1,000 is available annually for multiple prizes (apportioned by the judging campus).

Awards are made for the best unpublished poem or group of poems by an undergraduate student at the system-wide University of California campuses, University of the Pacific, Mills College, Stanford University, Santa Clara University, and St. Mary's College. Santa Clara University has had winners the past two years in a row, so be sure to enter!

All entries by SCU students must be submitted to Kirk Glaser, Department of English, no later than Thursday, January 15, 2015, by 4 PM. Entries may be sent, preferably by email (, or by campus mail or placed in Dr. Glaser’s mailbox, St. Joseph’s Hall, Room 222. Manuscripts should be in .doc/docx files for email, typewritten or clearly printed for hard copies. Students should retain duplicate copies since the manuscripts will not be returned.

Each participating campus may submit three entries selected from the submissions at their campus, which are forwarded to U.C. Berkeley for final judging.

Each entry should include the following information in the upper right hand corner of the manuscripts:
- The last four digits of the student's campus identification number
- The name of the contest

Student entry information should be on a separate sheet and should include the following:
- Student's name
- Local Address
- Permanent Address
- Phone Number
- Student's email address
- Major
- Last four digits of student's campus identification number
- Contest Name
- Titles of Poems