Foundation Awards

Pegasus Awards

Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize

Marie Ponsot is the 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize recipient.

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Awarded annually, the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize honors a living US poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition. Established in 1986 by Ruth Lilly, the prize is one of the most prestigious awards given to American poets.

Fellowship

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.

Children’s Poet Laureate

The Children’s Poet Laureate: Consultant in Children’s Poetry to the Poetry Foundation award is given to a living American writer in recognition of a career devoted to writing exceptional poetry for the young child. The award aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them. The Children’s Poet Laureate will advise the Poetry Foundation on matters relating to children’s literature and may engage in a variety of projects to help instill a love of poetry among the nation’s youngest readers. The length of the laureate’s tenure is two years and includes a prize of $25,000. The Children’s Poet Laureate will also give two major readings for children and their families, teachers, librarians, and friends over the course of the two-year tenure.


Announcements

June 11, 2013
Kenn Nesbitt Announced as Next Children’s Poet Laureate

Pegasus Award for Criticism

This annual award will honor the best book-length works of criticism published in the prior calendar year, including biographies, essay collections and critical editions that consider the subject of poetry or poets. The 2014 Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism will honor the author of a 2013 title with a $7,500 prize.


Announcements

December 2, 2013
Poetry Foundation Announces a New Annual Award for Poetry Criticism

Pegasus Award

Emily Dickinson Award

The Emily Dickinson First Book Award is an occasional award that recognizes an American poet over the age of 40 who has yet to publish a first book. In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript by Graywolf Press, the winner will receive a prize of $10,000.


Announcements

May 17, 2012
Poetry Foundation Announces Winner of 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award

Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism

The Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism recognizes and rewards poetry criticism that is intelligent and learned, as well as lively and enjoyable to read. The prize is intended for criticism aimed at a large general readership rather than an audience of specialists. Awards will be named from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.


Announcements

April 14, 2009
Fanny Howe and Ange Mlinko Receive Major Literary Awards from Poetry Foundation

Pegasus Award

Neglected Masters Award

The Neglected Masters Award of $50,000 brings to the reading public renewed critical attention to the work of an under-recognized, significant American poet. If previously unpublished or no longer in print, the works of Neglected Masters are published in collaboration with the Library of America. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.


Announcements

October 4, 2007
Poet Anne Stevenson Wins $50,000 Neglected Masters Award

Mark Twain Poetry Award

The Mark Twain Poetry Award of $25,000 recognizes a poet's contributions to humor in American poetry. The Award is given in the belief that humorous poetry can also be seriously good poetry, and in the hope that American poetry will in time produce its own Mark Twain. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.


Announcements

October 8, 2008
Albert Goldbarth and Mary Ann Hoberman Win Major Prizes for American Poets

Verse Drama Prize

The Verse Drama Prize seeks to bring renewed attention to an under-recognized area of poetry. The prize will honor a living poet who has written a previously unpublished, outstanding original verse drama in English. The award recipient will receive a cash purse of $10,000 and a staged reading of his or her winning manuscript in Chicago. Awards will be named annually or from time to time, as appropriate to maintain the prestige and quality of the prizes. No applications or unsolicited nominations are accepted.

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