List of poetry awards

List of poetry awards

This is a list of awards that are, or have been, given out to writers of poetry, either for a specific poem, collection of poems, or body of work.

Thousands of poetry awards and prizes are given throughout the world, ranging from the very well-respected to those that are little more than cons scamming would-be poets of their money (usually in the form of entrance fees), so called Vanity Poetry Contests. [ [ the League of Canadian Poets ] ]

Major international awards

* Bridport prize (International, First Prize=£5000)
* Golden Wreath of Struga Poetry Evenings
* Griffin Poetry Prize (The international prize)
* Nobel Prize in Literature (Not exclusively for poetry)
* Nosside International Poetry Prize (Any language, € 2,000)
* Rhysling Award (For science-fiction poetry)
* Strokestown Poetry Prize (English and Gaelic €4,000)
* Editors Choice Award


:"See also: List of Australian literary awards - Poetry"
* Anne Elder Award
* Christopher Brennan Award
* C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
* Grace Leven Prize for Poetry
* Harri Jones Memorial Prize for Poetry
* The Henry Kendall Poetry Award
* Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
* Mary Gilmore Prize
* The Roland Robinson Literary Award
* The Val Vallis Award


*Aqua Books Lansdowne Prize for Poetry
*Archibald Lampman Award
* Atlantic Poetry Prize
*Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize
*Griffin Poetry Prize — a generous award for one Canadian and one foreign poet.
*Pat Lowther Award — for the best volume of poetry
*Gerald Lampert Award — for the best volume of poetry by a new author
* [ bp nichol Chapbook Award for the best poetry chapbook published in Canada.]
* Prix Alain-Grandbois
*Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award
*Utmost Christian Poetry Contest — for best poetry by person of Christian faith (international).

Governor General's Awards

English language:
*Governor General's Award for English language poetry
*Governor General's Award for English language poetry or drama

French language:
*Governor General's Award for French language poetry
*Governor General's Award for French language poetry or drama


*Tin Ujević Award for contributions to Croatian poetry


*Wilhelm-Busch-Preis für satirische und humoristische Versdichtung


* Dong Suh Literary Prize, poetry category
* Kim Su-yông Contemporary Poetry Award
* Korean Literature Prize
* Sowol Poetry Award

New Zealand

*Montana New Zealand Book Award for Poetry

panish (language)

*Premio Adonais
*Premio de la Poesía Fernando Paz Castillo
*Premio de Poesía Hermanos Argensola

United Kingdom

"See also: List of British literary awards"

*Alice Hunt Bartlett Prize
*Bridport Prize
*Chancellor's Gold Medal
*Christopher Tower Poetry Prizes
*Cholmondeley Award
*Costa Poetry Award, formerly the Whitbread Poetry award
*Eric Gregory Award
*Forward Prize
*Gaisford Prize
*Manchester Poetry Prize
*Newdigate prize
*Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
*T. S. Eliot Prize

United States

"See also: List of American literary awards"

(in alphabetical order)
*Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize — for a first book of poetry
*Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry — annual prize, administered by the Sewanee Review and the University of the South, awarded to a writer who has had a substantial and distinguished career
*Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship — given annually to a U.S.-born poet to spend one year outside North America in a country the recipient feels will most advance his or her work
*Bernard F. Connors Prize for Poetry — Awarded by the editors of "Paris Review" for the best poem published in the magazine over the course of the year
*The Best American Poetry series, a maximum of 75 poems published each year in the anthology series
*Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry — Offered by the Library of Congress for the best book of poetry published by a living U.S. author during the preceding two years.
*Bollingen Prize — offered by Yale University every two years to one or more living U.S. poets for the best collection published in that period, or for lifetime achievement in poetry
*Brittingham Prize in Poetry
*Chelsea Award for Poetry — given by "Chelsea" magazine
*Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Awards offers $3,500 for the first prize and $2,000 for the second prize
*David Ray Poetry Award — awarded by the editors of "Potpourri, A Magazine of the Literary Arts" for the best poems published in the magazine each year.
*Devins Award for Poetry
*Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award
*Donald Justice Poetry Award - sponsored by the Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards at the West Chester University Poetry Center.
*Kate Tufts Discovery Award — awarded to a first time poet
*Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award — highly lucrative award for poet in mid career
*Lannan Literary Award for Poetry comes with $150,000
*Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry
*Maurice English Poetry Award — awarded for a volume of poetry published when a poet is more than 50 years old.
*Muses Prize given by "Muses Review" magazine.
*National Book Award for Poetry
*National Book Critics Circle Award — given annually in poetry and in five other categories to promote the finest books and reviews published in English
*National Poetry Review Book Prize
*National Poetry Series — offered by the National Poetry Series through five participating publishers for a collection of poetry
*The New Criterion Poetry Prize, given by "The New Criterion" magazine
*O. B. Hardison, Jr. Poetry Prize — awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library to a U.S. poet who has published at least one book within the last five years, has made important contributions as a teacher, and is committed to furthering the understanding of poetry
*PEN Award for Poetry in Translation — honoring a poetry translation published in the preceding year
*PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry — given biennially to an American poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature
*Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
*Poets' Prize — awarded annually for the best book of verse published by an American in the previous calendar year
*Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
* Rhysling Award — two given out each year (one for a long poem, the other for a short poem), by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror poems
*Richard Wilbur Award
*Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize — offered by the Poetry Foundation for a U.S. poet "whose accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition."
*Willis Barnstone Translation Prize — annual prize for an outstanding translation of a poem from any language into English.
*White Crane/James White Poetry Prize — biennial manuscript prize for excellence in Gay men's poetry. $1000 prize and publication of winning manuscript.
*Witter Bynner Fellowships — Administered by the Library of Congress, the fellowships are sponsored by the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, an organization that provides grant support for poetry programs through nonprofit organizations. Fellows are chosen by the Poet Laureate, and are expected to participate in a poetry reading at the Library of Congress in October and to organize a poetry reading in their respective cities.
*Witter Bynner Poetry Prize — established by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 to support the work of a young poet.
*Yale Series of Younger Poets — offered by Yale University Press to a poet under the age of forty for a first volume of poetry


*International Outstanding Achievement Award (ISP), awarded by the International Society of Poets and the International Library of Poetry in recognition of Merited and Distinguished Achievement in poetic literature. It is also awarded to distinguished poets who have done significant poetic work publications at an international level, but in Europe and America in particular

Awards given by the Academy of American Poets

(in order of decreasing monetary value)

*Wallace Stevens Award — $100,000 to recognize outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry
*Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets — $25,000 for distinguished poetic achievement
*Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize — $25,000 for the best book of poetry published in the previous year
*James Laughlin Award — $5,000 to recognize and support a poet's second book
*Walt Whitman Award — First-book publication, $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center for an American who has not yet published a book of poetry
*Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards — $5,000 book prize and $20,000 fellowship to recognize outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry
*Harold Morton Landon Translation Award — $1,000 for a published translation of poetry from any language into English

Awards given by the Poetry Society of America

*Frost Medal
*Shelley Memorial Award — since 1929, offered by the society to a poet living in the United States who is chosen on the basis of "genius and need."
*Writer Magazine/Emily Dickinson Award
*Cecil Hemley Memorial Award
*Lyric Poetry Award
*Lucille Medwick Memorial Award
*Alice Fay di Castagnola Award
*Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne Student Poetry Award
*George Bogin Memorial Award
*Robert H. Winner Memorial Award
*Norma Farber First Book Award
*William Carlos Williams Award — offered by the society for the best book of poetry published by a small, non-profit, or university press

Awards given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

*American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medals for Poetry — given every six years to honor the distinguished career of a poet; considered the highest honor of the American Academy of Arts and Letters
*Academy Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters — In 1941 the Academy established awards to encourage creative work in the arts. Now $7500 each, Academy Awards are given annually: five to artists, eight to writers, four to composers, and three to architects.
*Arthur Rense Prize — In 1998, the $20,000 award was established to honor "an exceptional poet" once every third year.
*Michael Braude Award for Light Verse — The $5,000 biennial award is given "for light verse written in English regardless of the country of origin of the writer".
*Benjamin H. Danks Award — The $20,000 award is given in rotation to a composer of ensemble works, a playwright, and a writer (fiction, non-fiction, poetry). Since 2002 the Academy has administered the prize established by Roy Lyndon Danks in honor of his father, Benjamin Hadley Danks.
*American Academy of Arts and Letters Award of Merit — The Award of Merit, a medal and $10,000, is given each year, in rotation, to an outstanding person in America representing one of the following arts: Painting, the Short Story, Sculpture, the Novel, Poetry, and Drama.
*Morton Dauwen Zabel Award — $10,000 biennial award is given every third year to a poet. In the other years it goes to a writer of fiction or critic.
*Metcalf Awards — The Willard L. Metcalf Award in Art and the Addison M. Metcalf Award in Literature are biennial awards of $10,000.
*Rome Fellowship in Literature — (annual) subsidizes two young writers for a one-year residence at the American Academy in Rome.
*Witter Bynner Poetry Prize — established by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1980 to support the work of a young poet.

Indian Poetry Awards

Indian Literature Golden Jubilee Poetry Awards

India hosts two literary (National)awards1) Sahitya Akademi Award2) Jnanpith Award

On the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of "Indian Literature", the official journal of Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, the following prizes were given away for outstanding works of poetry in translation from Indian languages.

Mr Rana Nayar, Professor in English ( Panjab University, Chandigarh ) won the first prize for his translation of the verses of the Sikh saint Baba Farid from Punjabi.

Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan, Member of Faculty, Reserve Bank of India won the second prize for the English translation of his own Oriya poems "Equation", "Kalahandi" and "The Hour of Coming".

The third Prize was won by Ms Paromita Das for the poems "If Life be Lost" and "Life Awakens" - which were English translations of Parbati Prasad Barua's poems in Assamese.

See also

*List of years in poetry
*List of literary awards
*List of years in literature


American Poetry

Indian Poetry

"Indian Literature"


External links

* [ Ranked list of books honored by poetry awards]

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