Umbria, Italy: Walt Whitman First Book Publication Prize, $5,000 + 6-week residency for US poets

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Walt Whitman Poetry Publication Award 2016

The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize for U.S. poets. 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 + 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 Walt Whitman Award is given to honor a poet’s first book. Applicants must be living poets who have neither published, nor committed to publish a book-length collection of poems (48 pages or more) with a registered ISBN, either in the United States or abroad. Poems may have been previously published in periodicals or chapbooks, but the collection must not have been previously published (including self-publications and e-books).

Manuscripts must be of original poetry, in English, by one poet. There are no restrictions on the style of poetry or subject matter. Translations are not eligible. Manuscripts must be between 48 and 100 pages, typed single-spaced (unless the poems are meant to be presented using nonstandard spacing). Multiple poems may not appear on a single page. Only one manuscript may be submitted per applicant.

$35 entry fee; deadline to submit: November 1, 2015.

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