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The Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center, to an American who has never before published a book of poetry. The winning manuscript, chosen by an eminent poet, is published by Louisiana State University Press.
The Academy of American Poets puchases copies of the book for distribution to its members.
The award was established in 1975 to encourage the work of emerging poets and to enable the publication of a poet’s first book.
This year’s deadline has been extended to December 1st, 2009. An entry form and fee are required.
The judge for the 2010 entry is poet Marvin Bell.
Check this out, if not for this year, then for other years. And http://www.poets.org is a place to learn about (nearly) all things poetry. Many awards and prizes are available, including translation, and college writing.
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