University of Southern Indiana

Michael Waters Poetry Prize

The Michael Waters Poetry Prize was established in 2013 to honor Michael’s contributions to Southern Indiana Review and American arts and letters.


A prize of $3,000 and publication by SIR Press is awarded annually for a collection of poetry written in English. All entries are considered for publication. Submit up to 80 pages (no more than one poem per page). The next deadline is February 1, 2018.

Contest mailing address:

Southern Indiana Review
Michael Waters Poetry Prize
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN  47712


2017 MWPP Winner


Marty McConnell
received her MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first full-length collection, wine for a shotgun, (EM Press, 2012) received the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Awards, and was a finalist for both the Audre Lorde Award (Publishing Triangle) and the Lambda Literary Awards. Her first non-fiction book, Gathering Voices: Creating a Community-Based Poetry Workshop, is forthcoming in spring 2018 on YesYes Books. Her work has recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Vinyl, Gettysburg Review, Massachusetts Review, Mid-American Review, and other journals and anthologies. She lives with her partner, visual artist Lindsey Dorr-Niro, in Chicago.


Previous MWPP Winners

2016: Ruth Awad

2015: Annie Kim 

2014: Dennis Hinrichsen & Hannah Faith Notess

2013: Doug Ramspeck


About Michael Waters

Michael WatersMichael Waters has written eleven books of poetry, including Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016); Gospel Night (BOA, 2011); Darling Vulgarity, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize (BOA, 2006); and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems, finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize (BOA, 2001). His poems have appeared in various journals, including The Yale Review, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Georgia Review, and RollingStone. Among his awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Foundation and fellowship residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, The Tyrone Guthrie Center (Ireland), Le Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland), and The St. James Centre for Creativity (Malta). He is professor of English at Monmouth University and also teaches in the Drew University MFA Program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation. Waters lives with his wife, poet Mihaela Moscaliuc, in Ocean, New Jersey.

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