We have exciting news from The Poetry Foundation! Just in case you did not hear about it - I am happy to share with you that they have introduced a new Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism. This will be an annual award and 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."
Publishers must submit titles to The Poetry Foundation by February 1, 2014, at the award's site. They must include the name of the author, title, publisher as well as the publication date. In addition, two copies of the final book under consideration must be mailed to the Poetry Foundation, to the attention of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism.
On June 9, 2014, winners of the Pegasus Award for Poetry Criticism will be celebrated at an award ceremony in Chicago.
Poetry Foundation president Robert Polito said that “This must be one of the great historical moments for poetry..." He noted the many thriving poetry presses, reading series, and astonishing new poems that are being produced.
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.
“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..." says The Poetry Foundation.
The Poetry Foundation is the publisher of Poetry magazine. They are determined to ensure that poetry takes its rightful place in our culture. They assist in doing so by avidly seeking out poets from all walks of life and placing their works before the largest possible audience. They are undoubtedly helping to change the climate for poetry by engaging new audiences, creating new pathways for poets, and encouraging new kinds of poetry by offering prizes and awards.
Those seeking more information about The Poetry Foundation can visit their website, or write to them at: POETRY FOUNDATION | 61 West Superior Street | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.787.7070