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Poetry Foundation Announces New Annual Award for Poetry Criticism

The Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism is accepting nominations through February 1
December 4, 2013

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation is pleased to introduce the new Pegasus Award for Poetry 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.

“This must be one of the great historical moments for poetry, as there are so many thriving poetry presses, reading series, and astonishing new poems,” said Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito. “The Poetry Foundation supports poets through Poetry magazine, our website, and a Chicago reading series, among numerous other ways, both public and behind-the-scenes. But those who read our magazine or know that we also are deeply engaged by conversations about poetry, and this award for an outstanding critical book is an exciting addition to the Pegasus roster of poetry prizes.”  

Publishers should submit titles to the Poetry Foundation by February 1, 2014, at and include the author, title, publisher and publication date. Two copies of the final book under consideration should be mailed to the Poetry Foundation, to the attention of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.

Winners of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism will be celebrated at an award ceremony on June 9, 2014, in Chicago.

The Poetry Foundation’s annual awards to poets include the $100,000 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a living U.S. poet whose lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition, and the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, which recognize the work of five young poets. The Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships became the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships as a result of a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund in 2013. The first of these new fellowships will be announced and awarded in 2014.


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