Amy Award

About the Amy Award

Poets & Writers presents the Amy Award each year to recognize promising women poets, age 30 and under, living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive a modest honorarium and give a reading in New York City. The award was established in 1995 by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman's daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet.

Call for Submissions

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Amy Award. For eligibility requirements and other details, download the guidelines below. The deadline is June 1, 2019.

Download Guidelines & Application

2018 Winners


From left to right: 2018 winners Wendy Chen, Kiley Bense,  Carlie Hoffman, and Lindsay Adkins. 


Winners of the 2018 Amy Award were Lindsay Adkins, Kiley BenseWendy Chen, and Carlie Hoffman. The winners, along with guest poet Fran Castan, gave a reading on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Powerhouse Arena.

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Read Poems by the 2018 Winners.

Past Winners

  • Desiree Bailey
  • Emily Barton
  • Genevieve Burger-Weiser
  • Lisabeth Burton
  • Ebony E. Chinn
  • Jerie Choi
  • Alexandra Cordera 
  • Rio Cortez
  • Caitlin Doyle
  • Dorene Evans
  • Laura Fairgrieve
  • Hafizah Geter
  • K. D. Henley
  • Shannon Holman
  • Ava Hu
  • Sarah Ruth Jacobs 
  • Courtney Kampa
  • Liza Katz
  • Simone Kearney
  • K. Morgan Keenan
  • Eugenia Leigh
  • Amanda Lichtenberg
  • Nabila Lovelace
  • Shireen Madon
  • Sally Wen Mao
  • Amy Meng
  • Kerry Ann Minto
  • Holly Mitchell
  • Annabelle Moseley
  • Idra Novey
  • Stella Padnos 
  • Alison Roh Park
  • Cecily Parks
  • Prudence Peiffer
  • Shabnam Piryaei
  • Frances Justine Post
  • Hila Ratzabi 
  • Jendi Reiter
  • Christie Ann Reynolds
  • Anne Marie Rooney
  • Jessica Saffer 
  • Sreshtha Sen
  • Mrigaa Sethi
  • Laurie Siegal 
  • Alexandra Smyth
  • Jessica Max Stein
  • Leigh Stein
  • Lindsay Stern
  • Tamara Tiska
  • Jeannie Vanasco
  • Alexandra Wilder
  • Wendy Wisner
  • Jenny Xie
  • Crystal Yeung