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, 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 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 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 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE

A National Endowment for the Arts fellow, Hadara Bar-Nadav is the award-winning author of four books of poetry and two chapbooks. Her most recent book is The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017). Previous books include Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), which received the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Rilke Prize in Poetry; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), awarded Editor’s Selection/Runner-Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press, 2012), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize. In addition, she is co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011). Hadara is currently a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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 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 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Natalie Shapero is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection POPULAR LONGING. Her previous collections are HARD CHILD, shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize, and NO OBJECT, winner of the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award. Natalie’s writing has appeared in The NationThe New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.

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 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 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.


ABOUT THE JUDGE

Sherwin Bitsui is the author of three collections of poetry, Dissolve, Flood Song, and Shapeshift. He is the recipient of a Whiting Award, an American Book Award, and the PEN Book Award. His poems have appeared in Narrative, Black Renaissance Noir, American Poet, The Iowa Review, LIT, and elsewhere. He is Diné of the Todí­ch’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tlizí­laaní­ (Many Goats Clan), and has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the Native Arts & Culture Foundation.

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 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 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.


ABOUT THE JUDGE


Jennifer Elise Foerster is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, The Maybe Bird (The Song Cave, 2022). She is the recipient of a NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency Fellowship, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford. She lives in San Francisco

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 cannot appear anywhere in the manuscript document. 
  • 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible. 



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Wayne Miller has published five poetry collections, most recently We the Jury (Milkweed, 2021), which won the Colorado Book Award, and Post- (2016), which won the Colorado Book Award and the UNT Rilke Prize. He has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Poetry Foundation, the Poetry Society of America, and Poetry. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, co-directs the Unsung Masters Series, and edits Copper Nickel.

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 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 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Atsuro Riley is the author of Heard-Hoard (University of Chicago Press, 2021), winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a finalist for PEN America’s Voelcker Poetry Award, a Boston Globe Best Book of 2021, and a Bookworm Top 10 Book of the Year. His 2010 book Romey’s Order was the winner of the Whiting Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress.

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 cannot appear anywhere in the manuscript document.
  • 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible. 



ABOUT THE JUDGE

Nuar Alsadir, a poet and psychoanalyst, is the author of two poetry books-- Fourth Person Singular, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the Forward Prize for Best Collection, and More Shadow Than Bird--as well as the nonfiction book, Animal Joy: A Book of Laughter and Resuscitation. She lives in New York City.

 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, or advisory board committee members are ineligible.


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

Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and the editor of Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets' Anthology (Sarabande 2023). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, the American Poetry Review, and The Atlantic, among others, as well as in commissions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA).

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