Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize
Awarded annually, the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honors a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Established in 1986 by Ruth Lilly, the prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets.
August 25, 2020
Marilyn Chin Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship
Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.
September 10, 2020
Poetry Foundation Announces the 2020 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships Winners
Young People's Poet Laureate
Awarded every two years, the $25,000 laureate title is given to a living writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for young readers. The laureate advises the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to young people’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a lifelong love of poetry among the nation’s developing readers. This laureateship aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers, and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure.
August 25, 2020
Naomi Shihab Nye’s Tenure Extended
Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism
This award honors the best book-length works of criticism published in the prior calendar year, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets.
August 25, 2020
Saskia Hamilton Honored for Two Works of Criticism
Emily Dickinson First Book Award
The Emily Dickinson First Book Award is designed to recognize an American poet of at least 40 years of age who has yet to publish a first collection of poetry.
May 18, 2017
Kristen Tracy named winner of the 2017 Emily Dickinson First Book Award
The award will not be offered this year. Once the Poetry Foundation determines when the award will next be offered, the announcement and guidelines will appear here.
Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism
The Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism recognizes and rewards poetry criticism that is intelligent and learned, as well as lively and enjoyable to read. The prize is intended for criticism aimed at a large general readership rather than an audience of specialists. Awards will be named from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Neglected Masters Award
The Neglected Masters Award of $50,000 brings to the reading public renewed critical attention to the work of an under-recognized, significant American poet. If previously unpublished or no longer in print, the works of Neglected Masters are published in collaboration with the Library of America. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Mark Twain Poetry Award
The Mark Twain Poetry Award of $25,000 recognizes a poet’s contributions to humor in American poetry. The Award is given in the belief that humorous poetry can also be seriously good poetry, and in the hope that American poetry will in time produce its own Mark Twain. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.
Verse Drama Prize
The Verse Drama Prize seeks to bring renewed attention to an under-recognized area of poetry. The prize will honor a living poet who has written a previously unpublished, outstanding original verse drama in English. The award recipient will receive a cash purse of $10,000 and a staged reading of his or her winning manuscript in Chicago. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.