Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each (previously $15,000), 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.

Submissions will be accepted from March 1 – April 30 of this year, via the online submissions system.

APPLICANT GUIDELINES:

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2014.
  • Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2014.
  • Applications must be made through our submissions website, according to the guidelines below.
  • Application materials sent via e-mail or standard mail will not be considered.

HOW TO APPLY:

FIRST, you must assemble your application materials as a SINGLE Word document. This document must include:

  • An approximately 250-word introduction to your work (not to exceed one page).
  • Ten pages of poems, in standard font and size (Times New Roman, 12pt). You may include multiple poems on one page, but total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
  • Publication list. (Optional. If you choose to include it, please do so as the last page of your document.)
  • Name this document [LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].doc (example: Doe_John.doc).

THEN, proceed to our online submission manager where you can upload your application.

Finalists will be notified by e-mail by August 1.

Winners will be announced on September 1.

If you have any questions, contact Holly Amos at hamos@poetrymagazine.org.

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About the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship Program
Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008 the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2014, the Poetry Foundation received a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.

About Poetry Magazine
Founded in Chicago by Harriet Monroe in 1912, Poetry is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world. Monroe’s “Open Door” policy, set forth in Volume 1 of the magazine, remains the most succinct statement of Poetry’s mission: to print the best poetry written today, in whatever style, genre, or approach. The magazine established its reputation early by publishing the first important poems of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, H.D., William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and other now-classic authors. In succeeding decades it has presented—often for the first time—works by virtually every major contemporary poet. In 2011, the magazine was honored with two National Magazine Awards. It celebrated its centennial in 2012.

About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. Opened to the public in June 2011, the Poetry Foundation building in Chicago provides new space for the Foundation’s extensive roster of public programs and events. It also houses a public garden, a library, and an exhibition gallery as well as the offices of the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.

Learn more about the foundation »

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Past Prize Recipients

2007
Sean Brian Bishop
Megan Grumbling

2006
Colin Cheney
David Krump

2004
Nathan Bartel
Emily Moore

2002
Emily Rosko
Marc Bittner

1998
Christine Stewart
Robin Cooper-Stone

1996
Erin G. Brooks
Zarina Mullan Plath

1995
Matt D. Collinsworth

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