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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



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 If previously unpublished or no longer in print, the works of Neglected Masters are published in collaboration with the Library of America.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 The prize will honor a living poet who has written a previously unpublished, outstanding original verse drama in English.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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