The Academy of American Poets is accepting applications for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, which was established in 1975 in honor of poet, novelist, essayist, and political activist Lenore Marshall. Marshall was the author of three novels, three books of poetry, a collection of short stories, and selections from her notebooks. Her work appeared in such distinguished literary magazines as The New Yorker, Saturday Review, and Partisan Review. In 1956 she helped found the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, the citizens’ organization that lobbied successfully for passage of the 1963 partial nuclear test ban treaty.
In her honor, a prize of $25,000 will be awarded to an outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. In addition, the winner will receive an inclusive ten-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, as well as distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members.
To be eligible, applicants must have been a citizen or resident of the U.S. for at least ten years prior to the submission deadline, or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Legal Permanent Status (LPS), or any category designated by U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States.
Eligible entries include any original book of poetry, written in English and published in the United States during 2020, in a standard edition (48 pages or more) by a living poet. Self-published books are not eligible. Translations and new editions of previously published books are not eligible.
See the Academy of American Poets website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.