Each year, Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia sponsors a poetry contest open to high school girls. Now in its 48th year, the contest awards honors and prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school. The contest, named for Nancy Thorpe, Hollins class of 1960, aims to support and encourage the work of young, female poets.

The winners are selected by faculty and students in the creative writing department at Hollins University. The first place winner will receive a $200 cash prize, free registration, transportation to, and housing for the Lex Allen Literary Festival at Hollins University on March 10, 2012, publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ student literary magazine, and ten copies of Cargoes. Six second-place winners will receive a $25 prize, publication in Cargoes, and two copies of Cargoes.

Contestants must be sophomores or juniors in high school, must have a faculty sponsor, and may submit up to two poems.  All submissions should be made online here before November 15, 2011. For more information about submission requirements, and to read about Hollins University’s creative writing program, visit the contest webpage.

This contest is a great opportunity for young women interested in poetry to share their work and possibly have that work published. Don’t forget to submit online before November 15th!