If you’ve had a book of poems published in 2014, this list might be helpful as you talk with your publisher about post-publication prize submissions. Excuse the absence here of awards particular to first books. I skipped them to save myself time, before I thought of sharing this list with others. The list is organized in order of submission due date.

Click here for a printable table, schedule, and info sheets for these awards, which may be useful to present to your publisher.

Title; Submission Period; Cost; # of books required for submission; Other requirements; Entry Guidelines Weblink

The James Laughlin Award, The Academy of American Poets; Jan 1–May 15, 2014; $0; send 4 copies of page proofs or MS copies; Must be submitted in MS or page proof format, not in book format; http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/118

The National Book Awards; As early as possible, between Jan 1-May 15, 2014; $135; send 5 books; Send one book to each of five judges; http://www.nationalbook.org/nbaentry.html#.Uz09acfq5Pp

The National Book Critics’ Circle Awards; Contact Trustee Poetry Committee as early as possible, between Jan 1-Dec 1, 2014; $0; send 9 books; Contact NBCC about sending books to 9 members on Trustee Poetry Committee; See list of Poetry Committee contact information below; http://bookcritics.org/awards/award_submissions/

The Pulitzer Prize; Deadline 6/15/2014; $50; send 4 books; http://www.pulitzer.org/files/entryforms/2014lbbn.pdf

Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards; 7/1/2014; $0; send 8 books; http://www.cgu.edu/pages/6422.asp

Poetry Society of America William Carlos Williams Award; OCT 1- DEC 31, 2014; $20; send 1 book; http://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/awards/annual/guidelines_for_book_awards/PSA_BOOK_AWARD_FORM.pdf

Griffin Prize in Poetry; 12/31/2014; $0; 4; http://www.griffinpoetryprize.com/how-to-enter/rules/#sthash.IBr7xqBe.dpuf

PEN/Voelcker Award; OCT 1-DEC 16, 2014; $0; send 1 book; Candidates can be nominated for the PEN/Voelcker Award only by Members of PEN.; http://www.pen.org/content/penvoelcker-award-5000

The Balcones Poetry Prize; 1/31/2015; $0; send 3 books; http://www.austincc.edu/crw/html/balconescenter.html

Poetry Center Book Award; 7/1/2014–1/31/2015; $10; send 1 book; https://www.sfsu.edu/~poetry/awards/bookaward.html

Levis Reading Prize; 2/1/2015; $0; send 3 books; http://www.has.vcu.edu/eng/resources/levis_prize/levis_prize.htm

The Paterson Poetry Prize; 2/1/2015; $0; send 3 books; http://www.pccc.edu/home/cultural-affairs/poetry-center/prizes

Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award; 3/14/2015; $0; send 3 books; http://www2.binghamton.edu/english/creative-writing/binghamton-center-for-writers/binghamton-book-awards/kessler-guidelines.html

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize , The Academy of American Poets; Jan 1–May 15, 2015; $75; send 4 books; Submitted in book format, the year AFTER the book is published; http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/634

TOTAL COST IN CASH & BOOKS: $290; 53 books 


FOOTNOTE: 2014-15 National Book Critics Circle Poetry Committee

National Book Critics’ Circle
245 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10016
VP/Awards, Rebecca Miller

David Biespiel (Chair of Poetry Committee), NBCC VP/Newswire
Director, Attic Institute
4232 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
Portland, Oregon 97215

Alex Abramovich
1838 San Juan Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707

Gregg Barrios
Freelance Writer/Critic
304 E Courtland Pl
San Antonio, TX 78212

Jane Ciabattari, NBCC VP/Online
Contributor, BBC.com NPR.org, The Daily Beast, the Boston Globe
730 Lisbon Court
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Rigoberto González
El Paso Times
104-60 Queens Blvd #8-R
Forest Hills, NY 11375

John Reed
John Reed c/o
The New School
66 E 12 St Room 515
NY NY 10011

David L. Ulin
LA Times
1089 South Genesee Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019

Marcela Valdes
Publishers Weekly
922 Jackson Street
Annapolis MD 21403

Eric Miles Williamson
3913 Martin Avenue
McAllen, TX 78504