The Four Quartets Prize is for a unified and complete sequence of poems published in America in a print or online journal, chapbook, or book in 2018. Poems in the sequence may have been published in different journals provided that they were published in 2018 and that brought together, they form a complete sequence.
Fourteen pages of published poems unified by subject, form, and style is the minimum per submission. Entire books composed of a unified sequence however long are also welcome.
Only one submission per author will be considered.
Submissions will be accepted from authors, publishers, and literary agents up to December 22nd 2018. There is no submission fee.
The prize is to be presented by the T.S. Eliot Foundation in partnership with the Poetry Society of America and is launching in the 75th anniversary year of the original publication of Four Quartets in a single volume, in America, in 1943.
Three finalists will receive $1,000 each. The winner will receive an additional $20,000.
The announcement of the short list will take place in Spring, 2019, followed shortly by the announcement of the winner.
The Four Quartets Prize is first and foremost a celebration of the multi-part poem, which includes entire volumes composed of a unified sequence as well as novels in verse and book-length verse narratives.
Gwendolyn Brooks's sequence A Street in Bronzeville , published as a book in 1945 as well as her The Anniad, published in book form in 1950, are also examples of eligible sequences. 77 Dream Poems (1964) and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest (1968) by John Berryman are other examples.
The unity of shorter sequences, which are enthusiastically welcomed, should be apparent but also articulated in a paragraph describing the aims of the sequence. Such a statement should accompany each submission, book-length or shorter.
This is an inclusive rather than a limited set of criteria, so as to welcome a wide range of work.
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