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Lehman and Mihelcic Poetry Awards

Lehman and Mihelcic Poetry Awards

This poetry contest consists of awards in the following two categories.

Katey Lehman Creative Writing Award in Poetry

These awards are given annually in poetry, fiction, and journalism by the College of the Liberal Arts.  Katey Lehman, along with her husband, Ross, was a columnist for the Centre Daily Times for twenty‐six years. While at Penn State, class of 1942, she was an Honors student in English and Journalism and a reporter for the Daily Collegian. The Katey Lehman Creative Writing Awards are made possible by an endowment gift from Mrs. Lehman’s sister, Mary Jean Popp Smeal, and her brother‐in‐law, Frank P. Smeal.

Matthew Mihelcic Poetry Award

Mathew Mihelcic, who died in 1996, was an English major at Penn State who aspired to be a writer or photojournalist.  He loved poetry and worked on the first issues of “The Unkempt.”



These awards are open to all full‐time Penn State undergraduates, regardless of curriculum or campus, who will be enrolled in the spring semester, 2021. The Lehman award requires students to have completed at least 28 academic credits.


Submissions are judged by a panel of writers. The judges reserve the right to make no awards in a given category. They also reserve the right to divide the prize money in whatever ways they deem appropriate to the number of quality submissions. All entries are judged anonymously.

Submission Procedure

Complete the form below and submit it with your manuscript attached as either a Word or PDF file. Be sure to remove your name and other personal information from your file. You may submit up to 3 poems. When submitting multiple poems, please include them all in a single document.

Winners are notified via email.

Link for submission will be available soon.