For a short poem, no longer than 16 lines.

GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification cannot appear in the submission document anywhere.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • You cannot submit the same poem to more than one award. The exception: Individual poems submitted to Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award or Robert H. Winner Award may be submitted to another PSA award.
  • The submission most not have been previously published.  The exception: The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and the Robert Winner Award.
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press, 2018), a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and the recipient of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her chapbook,  Nowhere to Arrive  (Northwestern University Press, 2017) received the Drinking Gourd Prize. She has been supported by fellowships and grants from Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Kundiman, and New York Foundation for the Arts. In 2020, she was awarded the Vilcek Prize in Creative Promise. She has taught at Princeton and NYU, and is currently on faculty at Bard College.

For a narrative poem.


GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification cannot appear in the submission document anywhere.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • You cannot submit the same poem to more than one award. The exception: Individual poems submitted to Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award or Robert H. Winner Award may be submitted to another PSA award.
  • The submission most not have been previously published. The exception: The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and the Robert Winner Award. 
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE


Ana Castillo is a celebrated author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. Among her award-winning books are So Far from God: A Novel; The Mixquiahuala Letters; Black Dove: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me; The Guardians: A Novel; Peel My Love Like an Onion: A Novel; Sapogonia; and Massacre of the Dreamers: Essays on Xicanisma (UNM Press). Her most recent book of poetry is My Book of the Dead. Born and raised in Chicago, Castillo resides in southern New Mexico.

For a lyric poem on any subject.



GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification cannot appear in the submission document anywhere.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • You cannot submit the same poem to more than one award. The exception: Individual poems submitted to Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award or Robert H. Winner Award may be submitted to another PSA award.
  • The submission most not have been previously published. The exception: The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and the Robert Winner Award. 
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif is the author of Look, finalist for the National Book Award. She holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, the New York Times, and others. Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lannan Foundation, and Stanford University. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Creative Writing at Arizona State University where she is inaugurating a Poetry for the People program. Her second poetry collection, Customs, will be published by Graywolf Press in March 2022.

For a prose poem.

GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification cannot appear in the submission document anywhere.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • You cannot submit the same poem to more than one award. The exception: Individual poems submitted to Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award or Robert H. Winner Award may be submitted to another PSA award.
  • The submission most not have been previously published. The exception: The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and the Robert Winner Award.
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible. 
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible



ABOUT THE JUDGE


Cameron Awkward-Rich is the author of two  collections  of poetry: Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016) and Dispatch  (Persea Books, 2019), which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award.

For 10 pages of poetry from a manuscript-in-progress.

GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $15 for this award.
  •  Personal identification cannot appear anywhere in the manuscript document. 
  • Only one entry per award.
  • Do not submit multiple poems per page. 
  • Poems entered as part of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola manuscript may be entered individually in other PSA awards, if they haven’t been previously published. 
  • Previously published poems are acceptable for this award. 
  • If poems in your Robert H. Winner of Alice Day Di Castagnola submission have been previous published, you may upload a separate second acknowledgement document with this information. 
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  •  Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible. 



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man (2020), Roll Deep (2015), Holding Company (2010), Hoops (2006) and Leaving Saturn (2002), which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems.  A recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, he has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

For a selection of four or five poems that use language in an original way to reflect the encounter of the ordinary and the extraordinary and to take a stand against oppression in any of its forms.


GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $15 for this award.
  • Personal identification cannot appear in the submission document anywhere.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • The submission most not have been previously published.  
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible. 
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Mai Der Vang is the author of Yellow Rain (Graywolf Press, 2021), and Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. The recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, she served as a Visiting Writer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Mai Der also co-edited How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology with the Hmong American Writers’ Circle. A Kundiman fellow, Mai Der has completed residencies at Civitella Ranieri and Hedgebrook. She teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Fresno State.

For a manuscript of 10 pages by a mid-career by a poet who has not had substantial recognition.

Open to poets 40 and over who have published no more than one full-length collection of poetry. Poets who have not published a book are eligible.


GUIDELINES

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 award for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $15 for this award.
  • Personal identification cannot appear anywhere in the manuscript document.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • Do not submit multiple poems per page. 
  • Poems entered as part of the Robert H. Winner manuscript may be entered individually in other PSA awards, if they haven’t been previously published. 
  • Previously published poems are acceptable for this award. 
  • If poems in your Robert H. Winner of Alice Day Di Castagnola submission have been previous published, you may upload a separate second acknowledgement document with this information.
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible. 




ABOUT THE JUDGE

Traci Brimhall is the author of four collections of poetry: Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod (Copper Canyon Press, 2020); Saudade (Copper Canyon Press, 2017); Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton, 2012), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press, 2010), selected by Michelle Boisseau for the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award and finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Award. Her children’s book, Sophia & The Boy Who Fell, was published by SeedStar Books in 2017. She works as an Associate Professor and Director of Creative Writing at Kansas State University.

 Awarded for the best unpublished poem by a student in grades 9 through 12 from the United States.

GUIDELINES

  • Personal identification cannot appear in the submission document anywhere.
  • Only one entry per author.
  • Submissions by more than on author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem which has previously won a Poetry Society of America award cannot be resubmitted to any of the awards.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible


A SINGLE POEM

  • The fee is $5 for this award.


MULTIPLE POEMS FROM TEACHER

  • The fee is $20 for this award.


If you are teaching submitting multiple poems, please upload all the poems in one document without any identifying information about the authors.

In a second document, upload the following contact information for each entry: Poem Title, First Line, email address of author, email address of teacher.


ABOUT THE JUDGE

Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist whose name means “poem” and “song.” She is the winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry, a Finalist for the Lambda Award, and a Silver Medalist for the Nautilus Award. She has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. Her work has been featured in PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, The Seattle Times, and The New York Times, among others. She is the author of Odes to Lithium and the author-illustrator of Be/Hold: A Friendship Book. She lives in Brooklyn where she runs Freer Form: A Portable Creativity School, connecting a global community of writers. Find her at www.officialshira.com

Open to any U.S. citizen or anyone currently living within the U. S. who has not published a full-length poetry collection.



GUIDELINES

  • The entry fee is $14. 
  • Manuscript page length: between 20-30 pages of poetry.
  • Poems must be typed.
  • No illustrations may be included.
  • Multiple submissions are not accepted.
  • Manuscripts with more than one author will not be accepted.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • We cannot accept corrections after submission.
  • Submissions from Poetry Society employees, officers, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.  



SUBMITTING INFORMATION


You can upload two documents:

1) Acknowledgments, if any of the poems have been previously published.
2) Your manuscript of poems which should include title page, table of contents, and poems.

  • Personal identification cannot appear anywhere in the manuscript document


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