Guidelines for Individual Awards

Award Deadline:

The PSA will only accept submissions postmarked between October 1 –December 22, 2014.

What can I submit:


  • You can submit to all contests for which you are eligible.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • However, you can't submit the same poem to more than one contest:
    THE EXCEPTION: Individual poems submitted as part of a group to either the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award or Robert H. Winner Award may be submitted to another PSA contest.
  • No previously published work can be submitted:
    THE EXCEPTION: The Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and the Robert Winner Award. Please include publication acknowledgments on coversheet. 

How to Submit:

  • Each entry should have one cover page and two collated copies of your poem/s.

The cover page must include:

Email (if available)
Name of the Award
Title and First Line of first (or only) poem in submission
If you are submitting to the Alice Fay or Robert Winner Awards, include any publication acknowledgments.
If you are a PSA Member, you must note this on your cover sheet to ensure your contest fee is waived.

Your name should not appear anywhere else besides this cover sheet.

The name of the Award must appear on the right hand corner of each page of your submission.

If you are sending poems to more than one contest, please use the same envelope.

Cover Sheet Template: It's not a requirement, but you might find it helpful to use our cover sheet template.

What is ineligible:


  • Translations are ineligible.
  • Collaborative work is ineligible.
  • A poem that has previously won a PSA Award cannot be re-submitted (unless part of the Alice Fay or Robert Winner manuscript awards)
  • Submissions from PSA employees or officers are ineligible.

Entry Fees:

All contests are free to PSA Members, with the exception of the Norma Farber First Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award, which must be entered and paid for by the publisher.

The entry fee for Non-Members is $15, which entitles the Non-Member to enter any or all of contests 6 through 9.

High school students may send single entries to the Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award for the fee of $5.

High school teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems (one submission per student) for a $20 entry fee.

Checks should be made payable to the Poetry Society of America. Please do not send cash.


For an acknowledgment of receipt of submissions, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard (SASP).

If you would like to receive a print announcement of the awards winners, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE); the winners will also be announced on our website.

No entries will be returned; do not enclose a SASE for that purpose.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot inform entrants of incorrectly submitted or disqualified material, nor can we accept any corrections or revisions to submissions.

Where to send:

The PSA will only accept submissions postmarked between October 1st and December 22nd of 2014.

Express Mail and FedEx packages are acceptable but must also be postmarked on or before December 22nd.
Please mail your submission to:

Poetry Society of America

Annual Award Submission
15 Gramercy Park
New York, N.Y. 10003

Application Checklist:

A completed submission includes:

  • One cover sheet for each submission.
  • TWO copies of each submission.
  • A SASP if you would like acknowledgment of receipt of submission/s.
  • A SASE if you would like to be notified of the winners 
  • A check for $15 from Non-Members.
  • Membership status clearly marked on cover sheet of each submission.