The Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize is given to honor exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment at present.

Established in 2019 with generous support from Treehouse Investments, LLC, the prize will honor three poets. First place will receive $1,000; second place, $750; and third place, $500. In addition, all three poems will be published in the popular Poem-a-Day series, which is distributed to 500,000 readers. Poems may also be featured in the award-winning education series Teach This Poem, which serves 33,000 educators each week. 

Submissions are accepted September 1, 2019 through November 1, 2019. The judges for the 2019 Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize are environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature (Random House, 1989), and award-winning poet and author Julia Alvarez

Read the full guidelines.

The Academy of American Poets, the originator and organizer of National Poetry Month, invites students in the United States who are in grades 9 through 12 to enter artwork to be considered for the official April 2020 National Poetry Month poster. The poster will feature one winning student’s artwork and will be sent to 100,000 libraries, schools, bookstores, and community centers nationwide and made available by download on Poets.org. The winning student will receive $500 and signed copies of books by this year's judges, renowned graphic memoirist and comic book artist Alison Bechdel and former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The student will also be featured in American Poets magazine. Submissions will be accepted online between September 1 and October 25, 2019. 

Before submitting, students must make sure that they are 1) eligible and 2) able to adhere to all of the guidelines below.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Only students living in the United States who are 18 years of age and younger and enrolled in grades 9 through 12 during the 2019–2020 academic year are eligible. 
  • Each submission must be original artwork by one student. Artwork created in collaboration by more than one student is not eligible.

ARTWORK GUIDELINES:

  • Submitted artwork must incorporate at least one and no more than four contiguous lines from the poem "Remember" by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. All spelling and punctuation must be preserved. 
  • The artwork must reflect a celebration of the art form of poetry for National Poetry Month. Learn more about National Poetry Month.
    • Please note: the artwork should not include the words "National Poetry Month" as that text will be added later to the top of the poster by an in-house designer.  
  • The artwork must be 18.25" x 21.25" (PDF or JPEG). The most important elements of the artwork ("active space") must not extend beyond 17.25" x 17.5." For a visualization of these specifications, please reference the Poster Contest Specs

JUDGING CRITERIA:

  • Technical skill: the artwork must display artistic skill in any medium (painting, drawing, photography, digital art, etc.) as long as it is two-dimensional.
  • Creativity: the artwork must be original in its expression of a personal vision or voice. It must be the student's own work and cannot be plagiarized or in violation of any copyright. We follow the Copyright and Plagiarism Guidelines of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Students who are selected as finalists will be required to submit a form signed by a teacher or guardian stating the artwork is original.
  • Artist's statement: students who are selected as finalists will be required to submit a 300-word artist's statement that explains how the artwork responds to or engages with the line(s) of poetry. 

DEADLINES & SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • The contest submission period opens September 1, 2019, and closes October 25, 2019, at 12:00 midnight EST. 
  • Students must create a free Submittable account using their email address in order to submit if they don't already have one.
  • Students must submit their artwork for consideration via Submittable.  
  • The artwork must be submitted as a PDF or JPEG.
  • For digital art or graphic design submissions, the design must be 300 dpi and RGB color and all fonts must be embedded.
  • Students must provide a teacher's or guardian's name and email address on the submission form.
  • Only one submission per student is allowed. 
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Finalists will be selected by the Academy of American Poets by November 15, 2019.
  • Finalists will be required to submit an artist's statement via email. 
  • Finalists will be required to submit a form via email stating their artwork is original. The Academy of American Poets will provide the form upon notifying the students of their selection. The form must be signed by a teacher or guardian.
  • The winning student will be notified by the Academy of American Poets by November 25, 2019 and announced in January 2020. 
  • The winning student must coordinate with the Academy of American Poets to produce the final PDF for printing on the official 2020 National Poetry Month poster by December 13, 2019.  

PLEASE NOTE:

  • The Academy of American Poets assumes no responsibility for submissions not received due to user error. Students may verify that the Academy of American Poets has received their submission by logging into Submittable.  
  • The Academy of American Poets cannot consider revisions to the artwork after it is submitted.  
  • The decisions of the Academy of American Poets as to eligibility are final.
  • The Academy of American Poets reserves the right not to name a winner. 
  • All correspondence concerning the poster contest should be addressed to the Academy of American Poets at education@poets.org. 
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  • The Walt Whitman Award is a $5,000 first-book publication prize. The winning manuscript, chosen by Harryette Mullen, will be 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, and distribution of the winning book to thousands of Academy of American Poets members.
  • Only one manuscript may be submitted per applicant.
  • One title page is requested and it should list the manuscript title only. The author's name must not appear on any page of the manuscript. 
  • Manuscripts must be .doc, .docx, or .pdf files.
  • Applicants who have published poems in magazines may include acknowledgment notes in the "Acknowledgments" field. Do not include an acknowledgements page in the manuscript file.
  • Please see here for complete guidelines. For questions, please send an email to awards@poets.org.

 


Ends on February 15, 2020


  • The Ambroggio Prize is a $1,000 publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, publisher of literary works, scholarship, and art books by or about U.S. Hispanics. Established in 2017, the Ambroggio Prize is given annually and is the only award of its kind in the United States that honors American poets whose first language is Spanish.
  • Only one manuscript may be submitted per applicant.
  • One title page is requested and it should list the manuscript title only. The author's name must not appear on any page of the manuscript. 
  • Manuscripts must be .doc, .docx, or .pdf files.
  • Applicants who have published poems in magazines may include acknowledgment notes in the "Acknowledgments" field. Do not include an acknowledgements page in the manuscript file.
  • The judge for the 2020 Ambroggio Prize is Pablo Medina.
  • To be eligible for the prize, the manuscript must be originally written in Spanish and accompanied by a translation in English. Poets may translate their own work or collaborate with a translator who may or may not be a poet. Please see here for complete guidelines

 


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