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The Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke Prize

The Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke Prize is an award of $5,000 for the best long poem or poetic sequence written by a University of Michigan student, undergraduate or graduate. 

Rules of Eligibility

This contest is open to all U-M students, with no particular course or hour requirements. There are the following restrictions:

  • There is a 12-page minimum length.
  • No student may enter more than one poem or poetic sequence.
  • The same poem shall not be entered in any other fall term contest, with the exception of the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship competition.
  • No poem that has won another award may be entered in these contests.
  • No student who has won this award may compete again in the contest, nor may a winning poem be subsequently entered in any other Hopwood Program contest, with the exception of fellowship/scholarship contests.
  • No poem that has been published in a medium other than a college or high school magazine or newspaper may be entered in the contest.


Entries should be in 10 or 12 point font, with a left-hand margin of at least 1 1/2 inches. A contestant must use a pen name--entirely different from his or her real name. This name should only appear on the title page, nowhere else in the manuscript.  Submissions should be in PDF format. The PDF must have a title page on which shall appear: 

  • The title
  • The pen name
  • The contest and division entered (e.g., Hopwood Award Theodore Roethke Prize)

If you receive need-based financial aid and would like us to delay payment until the beginning of the Spring term (May) so your award won’t alter your current financial aid allocation, please indicate that on the form.

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