The PSA will be accepting submissions from October 1, to December 22, 2014.

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Individual Awards

PSA Member Awards

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Awards 1-5 are only open to PSA Members

  • Award 1—The Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award
  • $250
    Given by the PSA to honor the memory and poetry of Emily Dickinson, for a poem inspired by Dickinson though not necessarily in her style.

  • Award 2—Cecil Hemley Memorial Award
  • $500
    Established by Jack Stadler, former Treasurer of the PSA, and his late wife, Ralynn Stadler, for a lyric poem that addresses a philosophical or epistemological concern.

  • Award 3—Lyric Poetry Award
  • $500
    Established under the will of PSA member Mrs. Consuelo Ford (Althea Urn), and also in memory of Mary Carolyn Davies, for a lyric poem on any subject.
  • Award 4—Lucille Medwick Memorial Award
  • $500
    Established by Maury Medwick in memory of his wife, the poet and editor, for an original poem in any form on a humanitarian theme.
  • Award 5—Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award
  • $1,000
    Offered in memory of a benefactor and friend of the PSA, and partially endowed by the Estate of Rachel Dalven, and the estate of Ellen Lamon Anderson, for a manuscript-in-progress of poetry. Previously published work may be included in your submission; include acknowledgment of publications on your cover page. Poems entered as part of a Di Castagnola manuscript may be entered individually in other PSA contests, but NOT if they are previously published. Page limit: 10-15 pages.

    PSA Member/Non-Member Awards

    Awards 6 and 7 are open to all eligible poets

  • Award 6—George Bogin Memorial Award
  • $500
    Established by the family and friends of George Bogin 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. NOTE: Previous winners of the Bogin Award are kindly asked not to submit work again for this award.

  • Award 7—Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
  • $2,500
    Established by the family and friends of Robert H. Winner, whose first book of poems appeared when he was almost fifty years old. This award acknowledges original work being done in mid-career by a poet who has not had substantial recognition, and is open to poets over forty who have published no more than one book. Send a brief but cohesive manuscript of 10-15 pages. Please include year of birth on cover page. Previously published work may be included in your submission; include acknowledgment of publications on your cover page. Poems entered as part of a Winner manuscript may be entered individually in other PSA contests, but NOT if they are previously published.

     

    SUBMISSION FOR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

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    The DEADLINE:

    Submissions must postmarked between October 1 –December 22, 2015.

    WHAT CAN I SUBMIT: 
    You can submit to all contests for which you are eligible.
    You can only submit one entry per contest.
    You cannot 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:

    Name
    Address
    Email (if available)
    Phone
    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.

    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.
      
    INELIGIBLE Submissions:

    • 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 and 7.

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

    NOTIFICATION:

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

    The winners will be announced on our website by early April.

    No entries will be returned.

    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 2015.

    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 check for $15 from Non-Members.
    • Membership status clearly marked on cover sheet of each submission.