Awards

Annual Awards

The PSA's Annual Awards are among the most prestigious honors available to poets. They offer emerging and established poets recognition at all stages of their careers, including our student poetry award and book awards for publishers.

Poetry Society of America Book Award


DEADLINE

October 1-December 31, 2022

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PRIZE

$500


Norma Farber First Book Award, $500

For a first book of original poetry written by a living author who lives in the United States or is a U.S. citizen. The book must be published in either a hard or soft cover in a standard edition in 2022. Translations are ineligible, as are chapbooks. A $500 cash prize goes to the author.

Judged by Chase Berggrun

Chase Berggrun is a trans woman poet and the author of R E D (Birds, LLC, 2018). Her poems and essays have appeared in The Nation, American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. She lives and works in New York City.

Established by the family and friends of Norma Farber, poet and author of children's books.


William Carlos Williams Award, $500

For a book of poetry written by a living author who lives in the United States or is a U.S. citizen. The book must be published by a small press, non-profit, or university press in a standard edition in 2022. Translations are ineligible, as are chapbooks. A $500 cash prize goes to the author.

Judged by Craig Morgan Teicher

Craig Morgan Teicher is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey and the essay collection We Begin in Gladness: How Poets Progress. His edition of the selected poems of Russell Edson, Little Mr. Prose Poem, will be published in fall 2022. He teaches at NYU and Bennington and lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.

Endowed by the family and friends of Geraldine Clinton Little, a poet and author of short stories and former vice-president of the PSA.


Submission Details

  • Books must be submitted directly by publishers.
  • There is a $20 entry fee per book
  • Publishers must submit 2 copies of each title.
  • No book may be submitted to both contests.

Mailing Address

Poetry Society of America
119 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Pay Entry Fee Online

To pay online. Please send entry with receipt of payment.

Book Award Fees

Four Quartets Prize

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.

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Chapbook Fellowships

Launched in 2003, the PSA's Chapbook Program publishes each winner's work as a gorgeous chapbook, allowing new voices to reach new audiences.

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Frost & Shelley Awards

The Frost Medal and Shelley Memorial Award recognize lifetime and mid-career achievement in poetry. By nomination only.

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