Hollins University Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest

Hollins University is pleased to announce a great opportunity to apply for the Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest. The contest awards prizes for the best poems submitted by young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school. Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest is designed to encourage the work of young poets. First place winner of the scholarship will receive free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollinsummer creative writing program $200 cash prize and second place winner will receive $25 cash prize Publication in Cargoes.

Hollins University is a four-year private institution of higher education located on a 475-acre campus on the border of Roanoke and Botetourt counties in the U.S. state of Virginia. Founded in 1842 as Valley Union Seminary in the historical settlement of Botetourt Springs, it is one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States.


Young women who are sophomores or juniors in high school or preparatory school are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

How to Apply:


Supporting Documents:

Each entry must include the following information:

  • Author’s name
  • Author’s mailing address
  • Author’s phone number and/or email address
  • Year of author’s high school graduation
  • High school teacher or guidance counselors name and email address
  • Author’s school
  • Address of author’s school
  • Phone number of author’s school

Financial Aid and Award Money:             

First place (one winner)

  • Free tuition and housing for the university’s Hollinsummer creative writing program
  • $200 cash prize
  • Publication in Cargoes, Hollins’ award-winning student literary magazine
  • Ten copies of Cargoes

Second place (six winners)

  • $25 cash prize
  • Publication in Cargoes
  • Two copies of Cargoes

Application Deadline: 

Application deadline for the scholarship is October 31, 2017 

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