2 new Poetry Competitions to win worldwide travel, generous cash prizes + publication


The Walt Whitman First-Book Publication Award + Residency in Italy

What’s your ‘Song of the Open Road’? The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize awarded to an American poet that has not yet published a book of poetry. The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.

The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book. It is made possible by financial support from the members of the Academy of American Poets.

The 2017 judge for the Walt Whitman Award is U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera

Full submission guidelines here.

$35 entry fee; submissions accepted online only, September 1 – November 1, 2016

View other poetry competitions from Academy of American Poets here.


The Amy Lowell Traveling Poet Scholarship: $54,000 to Travel for a Year

Applications are now open for the 2017 Amy Lowell Poetry Scholarship. The prize offers $54,000 to the winning writer. Upon acceptance of the prize, the writer is required to travel outside the United States for the entire year.

The scholarship was established in 1925, when the American Poet, Amy Lowell, died and established the annual scholarship in her will.

There is no age requirement, publication requirement, or education requirement. Poets must be of American birth. Full FAQs here.

Free to apply; deadline: October 15, 2016.


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