Did you always fancy yourself as being a poet? Dream of publishing your own book of poetry but never had the means to do so? Well, here’s your chance to test your meddle. Online submission are now open for the Walt Whitman Award, a $5,000 first book publication prize given to an emerging American poet, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets.
According to the Academy’s website:
The winning manuscript, chosen by an acclaimed poet, is published by Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and international literature. The winner also receives an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in the Umbrian region of Italy. In addition, the Academy of American Poets purchases copies of the winning book for distribution to thousands of its members. The winner also receives a trip to New York City to attend the American Poets Prizes ceremony.
The judge for this year’s award is Tracy K. Smith, who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her excellent collection, Life on Mars.
But you’d better hurry! Online submissions are only open until November 1, 2014! To learn more about the awards, and for deeper guidelines and submissions links, go to the Academy of American Poets’ “Walt Whitman Award” page.