The Sam Ella Dukes Memorial Poetry Prize

This prize honors the memory of Sam Ella Dukes, who taught English in the public schools of Florida and South Carolina for over forty years. The prize will be awarded each April by a committee of English department faculty appointed by the chair of the department.


Graduate Students: 1st prize and 2nd prize, amounts TBD.

Undergraduate Students: 1st prize and 2nd prize, amounts TBD.

Who can enter:

All UA undergraduate and graduate students.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Enter up to three poems consisting of no more than six pages total.
  • Subject matter is open to the poet.
  • The poems themselves should appear without any identifying information; in other words, the poet’s name and address should NOT appear on the same pages as the poems.
  • On a separate page, include the poet’s name, level (grad or undergrad), mailing address, email address, and student ID number.
  • No manuscripts will be returned. The winners will be announced by the Department of English.
  • Save the title of your document in “LAST NAME-Award Title” format (for example, SMITH-Sam Ella Dukes Prize).
  • Upload your document in PDF form.
  • The submission link will be available in February 2024.