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2007 Pegasus Awards Call for Entries

Poetry manuscripts sought for Verse Drama Prize and Emily Dickinson Award
March 1st, 2007

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, announces a call for entries for the 2007 Verse Drama Prize and the 2007 Emily Dickinson Award. The prizes are part of the Pegasus Awards, a family of prizes created by the Poetry Foundation with an emphasis on under-recognized poets and types of poetry. Inaugurated in 2004, the Pegasus Awards are announced annually in the fall.

2007 Verse Drama Prize
The Verse Drama Prize honors a living poet over the age of 18 who has written an outstanding original verse drama in English. The work must be unpublished and must not yet have been produced for an audience. The winner receives $10,000 as well as a public staged reading of the manuscript in Chicago. The production will take place in 2008. Submissions for the Verse Drama Prize will be accepted between April 1 and June 15, 2007.

2007 Emily Dickinson First Book Award
The Emily Dickinson First Book Award recognizes an American poet of at least 50 years of age who has yet to publish a first collection of poetry. In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript, the winner receives a prize of $10,000. Submissions will be accepted between May 15 and June 15, 2007.

To submit a manuscript for consideration in either contest, please follow the complete guidelines available at

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