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San Francisco Browning Society Award

The dramatic monologue as evolved by Robert Browning is a poem written in the first person singular in which the speaker expresses his or her own character (as well as the character of a person spoken about in the poem) through a discourse with a silent listener, who may or may not be the subject of the poem. See the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics for a fuller description of the dramatic monologue. Students are encouraged to read Robert Browning's "My Last Duchess," "Porphyria's Lover," or "The Laboratory."

San Francisco Browning Society Award

Open to SFSU Creative Writing Students.
All entries must be original, unpublished Dramatic Monologues.

Submissions are due on November 15, 2011 by 5:00 pm. Any SFSU Creative Writing student may submit up to 2 poems of not more than 5 pages each.

Attach a cover letter to your manuscript with your name, address, phone number and social security number. The poems will be judged anonymously, so please do not put your name on the poems! Use a separate cover sheet for each entry. Submit an original and 2 copies of your work (that's 3 copies total) to: THE POETRY CENTER, HUM 512

Poets retain full rights to their work, but manuscripts will NOT be returned.

Winners will be announced in the spring semester, and will be contacted at their home addresses. All winners will be invited to attend the March 9, 2012 meeting of the Browning Society. In addition, the first place winner is invited to read at the Student Awards Reading at the Poetry Center in the spring.


First Place $300.00
Second Place $200.00
Third Place $100.00
Three Honorable Mentions $50.00 each


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