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.
Student Poetry Award
Awarded for the best unpublished poem by a student in grades 9 through 12 from the United States.
Judged by Joy Priest
Joy Priest is the author of Horsepower (Pitt Poetry Series 2020), winner of the Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, and the editor of Once a City Said: A Louisville Poets' Anthology (Sarabande 2023). She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center. Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, the American Poetry Review, and The Atlantic, among others, as well as in commissions for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA).
Endowed under the wills of Louise Louis Whitbread and Ruth M. Bourne.
October 1-December 31, 2022
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Submission Details & Instructions
- You can only submit one entry per student.
- Teachers or administrators may submit an unlimited number of their students' poems, one submission per student.
- A poem that has previously won a PSA Award cannot be re-submitted.
- No previously published work can be submitted.
- Translations are ineligible.
- Poems by more than one author will not be accepted.
- All entries must be sent though Submittable.
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.
You do not need to be a member of the Poetry Society of America to submit to this award.