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Sister Maura Eichner Award for Young Poets

Named in honor of poet, teacher and alumna, Maura Eichner, SSND '41, Notre Dame's prestigious award celebrates aspiring young female poets nationwide.

About the Competition

This national competition is open to all young woman poets, ages 14–17, enrolled in a secondary school in the U.S. The winner receives $500 and publication of her poem. 

For complete guidelines and to enter online, please use the following link: https://damozel.submittable.com/submit/21992.

All entries must be received by Monday, December 8, 2014. Entries will be initially screened by students and faculty; all semifinalists will be read by our judge Natasha Sajé. 

Contest results will be announced on the Notre Dame website in February.

Natasha Sajé, 2014-15 Eichner Award Judge

Photograph of Natasha SajéNatasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, Red Under the Skin, Bend, and most recently, Vivarium (Tupelo, 2014). She is also the author of a critical book about poetry, Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory. Her honors include the Robert Winner and the Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards from the Poetry Society of America, the 2002 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship to Slovenia, and a Camargo Fellowship in France. Sajé has been teaching in the low residency Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program since 1996, and is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, where she directs the Weeks Poetry Series.