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The Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize Contest

A $100 prize is endowed by Reed College in honor of Mary Barnard for the best poem or group of poems submitted by a Reed undergraduate. The contest is open to all disciplines; to ALL Reed undergraduates who are enrolled as of the contest due date. There are no restrictions regarding theme or style.

Submission Guidelines:

2 typed poems maximum, with your name, phone#, year in school, age, mailing address, Reed & non-Reed email address on each page.


SUBMIT: one electronic copy to Jolie Griffin, (, Vollum 320) by noon

on April 6, 2022


An established poet selected each year judges the Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize Contest at Reed College. This year’s judge is Samia Rahimtoola. Rahimtoola (Reed ‘02, herself a recipient of the Reed Academy of American Poets Prize in ‘01 and ‘02) is a poet and a critic who writes about contemporary poetry. She now teaches in the English Department at Bowdoin College. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Foo, Hubbub, and The Brooklyn Rail. She is currently working on a book-length poem titled Revelation Desert Flow.



Mary Barnard (1909-2001), a Reed graduate (class of 1932), was a renowned poet and writer, and a translator of classical literature, including the following fragment from Sappho:

"Although they are
only breath, words
which I command
are immortal."

Details on The Academy of American Poets are available at

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Posted on Dec 7, 2021

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