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American Poetry Journal & City of Asylum

Submissions Closed.

introducing the american poetry journal book award & city of asylum residency

American Poetry Journal is awaiting City of Asylum appointed judge's decision on recipient impacted by pandemic.

Award Package:

-Publication of Full-length Poetry Book

-$500 Award

-1-4 week writing residency provided by City of Asylum in Pittsburgh, PA

-Travel to writing residency provided by City of Asylum

(Family and pets may attend the residency with recipient at no cost for accommodation. Travel is funded only for recipient. Meals are not included, though residency space includes a full kitchen.)



Full-length poetry books are 48 or more pages not including front and back matter. Do not include name, bio, or other identifying information in the manuscript. Acknowledgements may be included in the manuscript but are not necessary. Shortlisted books are considered for publication.



Awardee will receive a 1-4 week residency at City of Asylum in Pittsburgh (all travel and accommodation costs are funded by City of Asylum). Winner must commit to present their work at a public event or teach one craft workshop at City of Asylum during their residency, and agree to at least one week of residency during January 2021 (residency dates and length chosen by award recipient). Judged by Celeste Gainey.

The winner will also receive an additional $500 award from American Poetry Journal and publication of their full-length book in 2021. The Winner and shortlist be announced in December. We’re looking for work on any subject, from new or established poets in traditional, experimental, or hybrid work. Shortlisted books are considered for publication. Deadline for submission is extended to September 25, 2020.

Submissions Closed.

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