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


For a poem inspired by Emily Dickinson, though not necessarily in her style.


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.
  • 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

Deborah Paredez is the author of the poetry volumes, This Side of Skin and Year of the Dog, and the book of criticism, Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory. Her poetry and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, Poetry, The Baffler, Callaloo, and elsewhere. She is Co-Founder and for a decade served as Co-Director (2009-2019) of CantoMundo, a national organization for Latinx poets. She lives in New York City where she is a professor of creative writing and ethnic studies at Columbia University.

For a lyric poem that addresses a philosophical or epistemological concern. 


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

Martha Collins’ tenth book of poetry, Because What Else Could I Do  (Pittsburgh, 2019), received the Poetry Society of America's William Carlos Williams award selected by Alice Fulton. Her previous books include two volumes of linked sequences, Night Unto Night and Day Unto Day (Milkweed, 2018 & 2014), and three works that focus on race and racism: Admit One: An American Scrapbook (Pittsburgh, 2016), White Papers (Pittsburgh, 2012), and Blue Front (Graywolf, 2006), which won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was chosen as one of “25 Books to Remember from 2006” by the New York Public Library; both Blue Front and White Papers won Ohioana awards. 


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

Camonghne Felix is a poet, a writer, speaker, and political strategist. She has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo and Poets House. Formerly the Director of Surrogates & Strategic Communications at Elizabeth Warren for President, Camonghne is the VP of Strategic Communications at Blue State. Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books), was long-listed for the 2019 National Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award in Bisexual Poetry. The author of the chapbook Yolk,  she was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a "Black Girl From the Future You Should Know." Felix's forthcoming collection of poems, Dyscalculia, and collection of essays, Let the Poets Govern, are forthcoming from One World, an imprint of Penguin Random House.  

For an original poem in any form on a humanitarian theme.

 

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.
  • 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

Amit Majmudar is a poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. His latest books include Godsong: A Verse Translation of the Bhagavad-Gita, with Commentary (Knopf, 2018) and the poetry collection What He Did in Solitary (Knopf, 2020). The former first Poet Laureate of Ohio, he is also a diagnostic nuclear radiologist in Westerville, Ohio, where he lives with his wife and three children. 


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

Elisa Gabbert is the author of five collections of poetry, essays, and criticism: The Unreality of Memory & Other Essays; The Word Pretty; L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems; The Self Unstable; and The French Exit. She writes a regular poetry column for The New York Times, and her work has appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The London Review of Books, A Public Space, The Paris Review Daily, American Poetry Review, New England Review, The Yale Review, and many other venues. She lives in Denver. 

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

Shane McCrae is the author of​ seven​ books of poetry​, Sometimes I Never Suffered;​ The Gilded Auction Block; In the Language of My Captor, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the William Carlos Williams Award; The Animal Too Big to Kill, winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky / Editor’s Choice Award; Forgiveness Forgiveness; Blood; and Mule. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Columbia University and lives in New York City. 

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

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her writing has won fellowships and awards from the National Poetry Series, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Bush Foundation, Loft Literary Center, First People’s Fund, and other honors. She has twice won a Minnesota Book Award for poetry. Heid edited the 2018 anthology New Poets of Native Nations from Graywolf Press. Her new poetry collection is Little Big Bully was published by Penguin Editions.  Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain.​

 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

Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón. A MacDowell fellow, Eloisa is the founder of Costura Creative and lives in Columbus, OH. Her second collection of poems, Fighting Is Like a Wife, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press.

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