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"When I was an emerging writer, Poets & Writers became my one sure guide into the writing life and provided me with my most consequential opportunity through their Writers Exchange program. I'm happy P&W is there with wise advice, trusted resources, and valuable opportunities."
Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees
The Jackson Poetry Prize, established in 2006, honors an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition. Eligible poets must have published at least two books of acknowledged literary merit. The $50,000 prize is designed to provide what all poets need—time and the encouragement to write. There is no application process for the Jackson Poetry Prize—nominees are identified by a group of poets selected by Poets & Writers who remain anonymous; final selection is made by a panel of esteemed poets.
The Jackson Poetry Prize is made possible by a significant gift from the Liana Foundation.
Established in 1984, the Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award introduces emerging writers to the New York literary community and provides them with a network for professional advancement. Each year writers from a single state are invited to apply. Winners are selected by outside judges and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary professionals, including editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers, and to give a public reading. To date, more than eighty writers from thirty-two states have participated. They have included Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees), David Mura (Turning Japanese: Memoirs of a Sansei), Fae Myenne Ng (Bone), and Mona Simpson (Anywhere But Here, My Hollywood), among many others.
Poets & Writers offers the California Writers Exchange contest every third year. Writers from California are eligible. Winners are selected by outside judges and receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City to meet with top literary professionals, including editors, agents, publishers, and prominent writers, and to give a public reading.
The California Writers Exchange is funded by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation.
The Amy Award is presented to women poets age thirty and under living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive an honorarium and a reading in New York City. The award was established by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman's daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet.
Established in 1996, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, which is presented at P&W's annual dinner, celebrates authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. Honorees are nominated by a committee composed of past winners, other prominent writers, and the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers. Title of the award has been given to Barnes & Noble in appreciation of their extraordinary support of Poets & Writers.
Established in 2009, Poets & Writers' Editor's Award, which is presented at P&W's annual dinner, recognizes a book editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the publication of poetry or literary prose over a sustained period of time. Honorees are nominated by a committee composed of past winners, other prominent writers and editors, and the Board of Directors of Poets & Writers.
For comprehensive information on grants, awards, and writing contests sponsored by other organizations please visit Writing Contests, Grants & Awards.