The Mark Craver Poetry Award was created in honor of Mark Craver, an MA and MFA alum as well as a popular Mason adjunct professor and area high school teacher until his death in January 2004. Mark was the author of several books of poems, including The Problem of Grace, Seven Crowns for the White Lady of the Other World and Blood Poems, and They Come for What You Love. His last book, Say When, was published posthumously.
This particular contest is open to any current Mason MFA poetry student, full- or part-time. The award is given for a single poem of 60 lines or less, on any subject and in any form. Work under consideration in periodicals or other contests may be submitted for the Craver Award provided it has not yet appeared in print. The competition is open to any currently enrolled George Mason students, graduate or undergraduate; students are limited to one submission. Once a writer receives this award, he or she may not apply in another year.