The Joseph Lohman Poetry Prize was established by Judith Lelchook through the Academy of American Poets in New York. Lelchook is the widow of Joseph Lohman (d. 2000), who had studied poetry with poet and George Mason University faculty member Carolyn Forche.
The prize is given for a single poem, no more than 60 lines in length, on any subject. The prize will be awarded by the George Mason English Department and in part by the Academy of American Poets in New York. The winning piece will be published on the Academy's website and will automatically be considered for the $1,000 Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. The competition is open to any currently enrolled George Mason students 23 years-old or younger, graduate or undergraduate; students are limited to one submission. Once a writer receives this award, he or she may not apply in another year.