Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest Details

The Pawtucket Arts Festival in conjunction with The Samaritans Forget me Not Gallery and Patti McAlpine, Rhode Island Poety are pleased to announce the second annual Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest and Pawtucket Celebrates Poetry Reading Event as part the Pawtucket Arts Festival.
Supported by a grant from the Pawtucket Arts Panel, the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest is open to New England poets who are invited to submit up to three pages of poetry that reflect the poetry of Galway Kinnell with use of imagery and sense of place. Deadline: August 1, 2016.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted and should be e-mailed to by the deadline date of August 1, 2016. Contest Coordinator, Patti McAlpine will compile all submissions anonymously and submit them to the judges for review and decision. Poets should submit up to three pages of poetry in a word document attachment without names and include a separate document with contact information, list of their poems and a short bio.

Sponsored by the Pawtucket Arts Festival, three winning poets will read winning poems will receive prizes as follows: 1st place, $150; 2nd place, $75 and 3rd place, $50. Judges will also select three honorable mentions, and all winners will read their poems at a Poetry Celebration event of the Pawtucket Arts Festival on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 2 p.m. along with our judges.
This year we will also celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service and the 2nd year anniversary of the Blackstone River Valley Natonal Historical Park, which will be coming up in December of 2016.

This year’s judges are: Lisa Starr, recent state poet laureate emerita; last year’s first place winner, James Crews and Frequency Writing Director/Poet, Sarah Tourjee.

About Galway Kinnell and the Contest

Born in Providence, RI, Galway Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket, RI. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983, awarded a National Book Award and was recipient of a McArthur Fellowship. He served as F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at New York University and was Vermont’s state poet laureate. He passed away on October 28, 2014.

The Galway Kinnell Poetry contest originated in 1985 by the Pawtucket Arts Council but has been dormant since 2002. The contes was reinstate last year by the Pawtucket Arts Festival with the Arts Panal as a memoriam to one of New England’s and Pawtucket’s most outstanding poets.

For more information, please contact Patti McAlpine, Contest Coordinator at 401-996-8678 or e-mail at

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