Announcing the 2017 Cosenza Prize

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50th Annual Poetry and Fiction Contest

Poetry Contest

Calling all poets and fiction writers:

An outstanding undergraduate poet will receive the John and Agnes McCarten Memorial Award of $100. $75 will be awarded for the best poems in the following categories: graduate, faculty/staff, alumni. (See below for short fiction contest)

Deadline for Receipt: February 22, 2016

Eligibility: Any original, previously unpublished poem no longer than 50 lines.

Rules: No identification should be placed on the manuscript itself.
No more than three (3) poems per entrant.
All poems, typed one to a page, should be submitted following one of these two methods:

  • Electronic submission (preferred) to
    Subject line should read Poetry Contest Submission. Please indicate your status at Post.
  • Placed together in a single envelope. On the envelope, write your name, address (both dorm and home), and status at LIU Post (undergraduate, graduate, faculty/staff, or alumnus/alumna). Bring the envelope to the Poetry Contest Box in the English department on the second floor of Winnick House (the mansion), or mail to:

Poetry Contest Boxes
English Department
LIU Post
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Winners will be notified by mail. Others will be notified of the winners if they include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or request notification by email. An award may be withheld in a category if, in the judges’ determination, none of the submitted poems is deserving of a prize. No hard copy entries will be returned, nor their receipt acknowledged.

Short Fiction Competition

Entries must be original, previously unpublished short stories. Manuscripts must not exceed three (3) pages typed and must be double-spaced in Time new Roman, 12 pt. font. Prize will be $50. See above for submission methods.

These competitions are sponsored by The Poetry Center, the English department, The Academy of American Poets, and Jeanne Marie Scott.

The submissions will be judged by LIU Post English department faculty.

The 50th annual Poetry Awards Night will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Barbara Novack and Esther Weiner will read from their work and present the awards. The winning poems will be printed in the evening’s program, and winners will read their poems.

Sonnet Contest for LIU Post Students


In connection with the Shakespeare Festival that LIU Post will be hosting this spring, The Poetry Center is announcing a sonnet contest open to undergraduate and graduate students. We welcome entries of sonnets on all subjects and composed in any sonnet form. There will be cash prizes and the winners will read their sonnets at a Poetry Center event on March 2, 2016 and at the Closing Ceremony of the Shakespeare Festival. Become a bard! Most people have never written a sonnet. Most 21st century poets have never written a sonnet, so you may just as well try your hand.

Entries (up to 3) must be submitted as email attachments to

Deadline: February 1, 2016

For more information on what a sonnet is and how it is composed, click here.