Ends on November 1, 2019

$35.00 USD


  • 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.