Guidelines, Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry

The call for entries for the 2024 Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry is now open. The final judge is Gabrielle Calvocoressi.

Winner will be announced on Wednesday, April 3 at the Laura Apol poetry reading, 7:00 p.m. in the RCAH Theater located in Snyder Phillips Hall.


Guidelines for the Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry:

  • Open to MSU undergraduate students in any major
  • Prize of $500 awarded for a single poem
  • Submit up to three poems.
  • Poems must not identify you as the writer.
  • Please use a standard 12-point font.
  • Poems must be submitted as individual PDFs titled with only the poem title.
  • Deadline for entry is 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2024.
  • Visit to enter.


Questions? Email Laurie Hollinger,


We pay homage to Annie Balocating and her passion for poetry, community service, and social justice.


About Final Judge Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Calvocoressi seated and looking at cameraGabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia EarhartApocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize), and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award; a Lannan Foundation residency in  Marfa, TX; the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review; and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Calvocoressi's poems have been published or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and journals including The Baffler, The New York TimesPOETRYBoston ReviewKenyon ReviewTin House, and The New Yorker. Calvocoressi is an Editor at Large at Los Angeles Review of Books, and Poetry Editor at Southern Cultures. Works in progress include a non-fiction book entitled, The Year I Didn't Kill Myself and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. Calvocoressi was the Beatrice Shepherd Blane Fellow at the Harvard-Radcliffe Institute for 2022 - 2023. Calvocoressi teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and lives in Old East Durham, NC, where joy, compassion, and social justice are at the center of their personal and poetic practice.