The Liam Rector Poetry Prize
c/o Bennington Writing Seminars
One College Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201


April 1, 2014

The Third Annual Prize

This prize is endowed by the poet and our poetry core faculty member, Ed Ochester, to whom we give huge thanks.

  • 2012 winner: Dana Russo; judge: Donald Hall
  • 2013 winner: Barrett Warner; judge: Jane Hirshfield

Submission details

  • All Bennington Writing Seminars (BWS) poetry students graduating in January or June 2014, including those who switched genres to poetry in their third term, are eligible.
  • Students may submit one to two unpublished poems (no more than four pages total).
  • The winner will be announced during June residency and will receive a $1000 prize.
  • Ed Ochester will choose the judge this year and in years to come, taking care to represent a wide variety of aesthetics. BWS teachers are not eligible to judge.
  • Submissions should include two copies of the manuscript and a coversheet with your name, graduation date, and contact information. Please do not put any identifying information on the poems themselves.
  • Deadline: April 1, 2014.
  • Send submissions to: The Liam Rector Poetry Prize, c/o Bennington Writing Seminars, One College Drive, Bennington, Vermont 05201.