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 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • 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 must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please withdraw the submission if the poem is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.


ABOUT THE JUDGE
 

Tawanda Mulalu was born in Gaborone, Botswana, in 1997. His first book, Please make me pretty, I don’t want to die was selected by Susan Stewart for the Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets and is listed as a best poetry book of 2022 by The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The Washington Post. His chapbook Nearness was chosen as the winner of The New Delta Review2020-21 Chapbook Contest, judged by Brandon Shimoda. His writing has been supported by Brooklyn Poets, the Community of Writers, the New York State Summer Writers Institute and Tin House Books. Tawanda has also served as a Ledecky Fellow for Harvard Magazine and as the first Diversity and Inclusion Chair of The Harvard Advocate. He was recently awarded The Denver Quarterly’s 2022 Bin Ramke Prize for Poetry. 

For a narrative poem.

GUIDELINES
 

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • 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 must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please withdraw the submission if the poem is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.


ABOUT THE JUDGE


Kathy Fagan’s sixth poetry collection is Bad Hobby (Milkweed Editions, 2022), available both in print and audio. Her previous book, Sycamore (Milkweed, 2017), was a finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Award. Newly named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2023-24, Fagan’s work has appeared in venues such as The Atlantic, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, Kenyon Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Best American Poetry. Fagan co-founded the MFA Program in Creative Writing at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where she teaches poetry and co-editsThe Journal/OSU Press Wheeler Poetry Prize Series.

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 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • 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 must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please withdraw the submission if the poem is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.


ABOUT THE JUDGE

Richie Hofmann is the author of two books of poems, A Hundred Lovers (Alfred A. Knopf, 2022) and Second Empire (Alice James Books, 2015). His poetry appears recently in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, and The Yale Review, and he has been honored with the Ruth Lilly and Wallace Stegner fellowships.

For a prose poem.

GUIDELINES
 

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $10 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • 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 must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please withdraw the submission if the poem is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.



ABOUT THE JUDGE
 

Sandra Lim’s latest book of poetry is The Curious Thing (W.W. Norton, 2021). Her previous books of poetry are The Wilderness (W.W. Norton, 2014), winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize selected by Louise Glück, and Loveliest Grotesque (Kore Press, 2006). Her writing has appeared in a range of literary journals, including The New York Review of Books, Poetry, The New Republic, The Baffler, and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Sandra’s honors include a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2020 Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the 2015 Levis Reading Prize for The Wilderness, as well as residency fellowships from MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Getty Foundation. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and also serves on the poetry faculty in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.
 

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 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $15 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • Do not submit multiple poems per page. 
  • Previously published poems are acceptable for this award. 
  • If poems in your Alice Fay Di Castagnola submission have been previously published, you may upload a separate second acknowledgment document with this information. 
  • 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. 
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.



ABOUT THE JUDGE
 

Lucy Ives is the author of three novels: Impossible Views of the World, published by Penguin Press and selected as a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; Loudermilk: Or, The Real Poet; Or, The Origin of the World, published by Soft Skull Press and also a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice; and Life Is Everywhere, published by Graywolf Press and a best book of 2022 with The New Yorker and the Seattle Times. She is the author of the poetry collections Orange Roses and The Hermit. She is currently Bonderman Assistant Professor of the Practice in Literary Arts at Brown University and was a recipient of a 2018 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

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 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $15 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • 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 must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please withdraw the submission if the poem is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.

 
ABOUT THE JUDGE
 

Claire Schwartz is the author of the poetry collection Civil Service (Graywolf Press, 2022). Her writing has appeared in The Believer, Granta, The Nation, The New Yorker online, Poetry Magazine, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. With Kaveh Akbar and Sarah Kay, she wrote a column for the Paris Review called “Poetry RX.” The recipient of a 2022 Whiting Award for Poetry and a Pushcart Prize, Claire received her PhD in African American Studies, American Studies, and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies from Yale. She is the culture editor of Jewish Currents

For a manuscript of 10 pages by a mid-career 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 of poetry are also eligible.


GUIDELINES
 

  • Awards are open to Poetry Society of America members for free. Become a member and enter all 7 awards for free.
  • The fee for non-members is $15 for this award.
  • Personal identification must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
  • Only one entry per award.
  • Do not submit multiple poems per page. 
  • Previously published poems are acceptable for this award.
  • If poems in your Robert H. Winner submission have been previously published, you may upload a separate second acknowledgment document with this information.
  • 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. 
  • Submissions by more than one author are not eligible.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.



ABOUT THE JUDGE
 

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017) and Previously Owned (Four Way Books, 2022), a recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson.  A Cave Canem fellow, his poems and prose have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Zocalo Public Square, The Critical Flame, and On The Seawall, among others.  He teaches at Hampshire College and serves as Poetry Editor forThe Massachusetts Review.  

 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 one author are not eligible.
  • You cannot submit the same poem to more than one award.
  • The submission must not have been previously published or accepted for publication.
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable; please withdraw the submission if the poem is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • Translations are not eligible. All poems must be original and primarily in English.
  • A poem that 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, advisory board committee members, or their immediate families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.


A SINGLE POEM
 

  • The fee is $5 for this award.



MULTIPLE POEMS FROM A TEACHER
 

  • The fee is $20 for this award.


  If you are a teacher 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, and email address of teacher.

ABOUT THE JUDGE

Elisa M. Gonzalez is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. Her work appears in the New Yorker, New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Yale University and the New York University M.F.A. program, she has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Rolex Foundation, and the U.S. Fulbright Program. She is the recipient of a 2020 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her debut poetry collection, Grand Tour (FSG), will be published in September 2023. 

$14.00

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. This page count includes: title page, table of contents, and poems.
  • 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, advisory board committee members, or their families are ineligible.
  • All submissions are judged anonymously.



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 must not appear in the submission document anywhere, including the file name.
     

About the Judges

Vievee Francis is the author of The Shared World; Forest Primeval, winner of the 2017 Kingsley Tufts Award; Horse in the Dark, winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize; and Blue-Tail Fly.  She serves as an associate editor of Callaloo and an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

Tomás Q. Morín is the author of the collection of poems Machete and the memoir Let Me Count the Ways, as well as the poetry collections Patient Zero and A Larger Country. He is co-editor with Mari L’Esperance of the anthology, Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine, and translator of The Heights of Macchu Picchu by Pablo Neruda. He teaches at Rice University and Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

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