American Literary Societies:

The Academy of American Poets: This website contains a list of national exhibits, information on hundreds of poets, a calendar of events, and updates concerning various awards and programs.

The Poetry Society of America: Founded in 1910, this society’s website contains useful links, grant information, and updates.

Poets’ House: A 35,000 volume reference poetry library open to the public. Poets’ House also runs readings, lectures, and a public library program.

Museum of American Poetics: The Museum features various exhibits, including the American Poet Greats Lecture Series, and the Best Minds Reading Series.

British Literary Societies:

The Poetry Library: The most comprehensive collection of modern poetry containing all 20th century work published in the UK, a very wide selection from other English-speaking countries and an unrivalled collection of translations.

Poetry London: The definitive guide to poetry listings around London and outside London, including poems, reviews, features, courses, international and ethnic resources.

League of Canadian Poets: Canada’s national organization for poets. It contains an extensive annotated links page, a list of Canadian poets, and a calendar of readings across Canada.

The Poetry Society: Established in 1909, and now one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organizations, the Poetry Society is a membership organization open to all. Poetry Review is their house magazine, and its website can be found here.


In the United States, these are the most prestigious commercial publishers of poetry:

W.W. Norton

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Knopf Publishing Group

Penguin Putnam

Random House


These are the most prestigious independent publishers in the United States:

New Directions

Graywolf Press

BOA Editions

City Lights Booksellers and Publishers

Copper Canyon Press

These U.S. university presses publish poetry frequently:

Princeton University Press

Louisiana State University Press

University of Pittsburgh Press

University Press of New England

University of Chicago Press

University Press of Florida

Harvard University Press

Yale University Press

In the United Kingdom, these are the most prestigious independent publishers:


Faber & Faber

Harvill Press


Lemon Law

The Waywiser Press

American First Book Awards:

Yale Series of Younger Poets
Offered by Yale University Press to a poet under the age of forty for a first volume of poetry.

The Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry
The recurring judge will be The Kenyon Review‘s poetry editor, David Baker. The winner will receive $3500 as an advance against royalties and be invited to read from the winning manuscript at Kenyon College if such a reading is held.

The American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize in Poetry
This annual prize offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium, and a $1,000 grant for a book tour.

Walt Whitman Award
Offered by The Academy of American Poets for a first book of poetry. The Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5,000, 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 purchases at least 10,000 copies of the book for distribution to its members.

American Second Book Awards:

The James Laughlin Award
Offered by The Academy of American Poets for the publication of an author’s second book of poetry.

American Book Awards (general):

The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry
The T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry is an international annual award for the best unpublished book-length collection of poetry in English. Truman State University Press offers $2,000 and publication of the winning collection. (This is not a first book award but a general prize open to all.)

The Paris Review Prize in Poetry
The recurring judge is The Paris Review‘s poetry editor, Richard Howard; we expect his decision by March 2002. The winner will receive $5000 as an advance against royalties and will be invited to read at the annual Paris Review Awards Reading in New York City, if such a gala is held. (This is not a first book award but a general prize open to all.)

American Awards for Poetry Criticism:

The Parnassus Prize in Poetry Criticism
The Parnassus Prize in Poetry Criticism is open to all writers with unpublished manuscripts that primarily consider the craft of poetry. Book-length studies will be considered, as will collections of essays on a single topic or collections of essays on a variety of topics as long as the primary focus of the book as a whole is poetry and/or poetics.

American Awards for Translation:

Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Awards
$5,000 book prize and $20,000 fellowship to recognize outstanding translations into English of modern Italian poetry.

Harold Morton Landon Translation Award
$1,000 for a published translation of poetry from any language into English.

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