The On Teaching Poem Prize is a $1,000 prize, given to honor the best unpublished poem written about K–12 teaching and/or teachers. The winning poem is published in the Academy of American Poets popular Poem-a-Day series during May and published on Poets.org. A finalist will also be chosen and awarded $500.
The award is given in partnership with the Academy for Teachers, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that honors and supports exceptional teachers by bringing them together with prominent experts and artists for inspiring master classes and other events. It also seeks to raise respect for the teaching profession by encouraging artistic works which highlight the essential work of teachers.
Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2018, through January 1, 2019.
The judge for the 2019 On Teaching Poem Prize is Academy of American Poets Education Ambassador Richard Blanco.