The annual Giovanni-Stegar Poetry Prize will be held Feb. 8 as part of the first-ever Virginia Tech Humanities Week.

Renowned author and University Distinguished Professor of English Nikki Giovanni established the poetry competition in 2005 and named it for its first benefactor, the late Charles W. Steger, who served as the university’s president at the time.

The prize honors the writings of student poets at Virginia Tech. The Giovanni-Stegar Poetry Prize Committee selects multiple winners, who read their poems as part of the celebration.

All undergraduates of any major are eligible for the competition, which is considered one of the most prestigious undergraduate literary prizes in the nation. 

More details, including the start time for the Giovanni-Stegar Poetry Prize, will be announced at a later date.