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.