The National Poetry Series…Open Competition


Good Evening! We have made it to Friyay! Got a few posts to blog for you. First, off some literary stuff. If any of you are a lover of and have been writing poetry for a long time, this is an opportunity you need to look at. 




Participating Publishers: Beacon Press, Ecco, Milkweed

Editions, Penguin Books, University of Georgia Press



Entry Period: January 1, 2021, through March15, 2021

Entry Requirements: Previously unpublished book-length manuscripts of poetry accompanied by a $35.00 entrance fee. Entrants must reside in the United States or be American citizens, and winners will be responsible for compliance with Internal Revenue Service guidelines.


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The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of five books of poetry each year. Winning manuscripts are selected through this annual open competition judged by five distinguished poets. Each winning poet receives a $10,000 cash award in addition to having his or her manuscript published by one of the NPS participating publishers. Recent judges include Kwame Dawes, Ocean Vuong, Carol Muske-Dukes, Sally Keith, and Forrest Gander. Among the list of esteemed NPS, winners are poets Billy Collings, Stephen Dunn, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Naomi Shihab Nye, Eleni Sikelianos, and Adrian Matejka. 

The National Poetry Series

57 Mountain Avenue

Princeton, NJ 08540

If you’re interested, click on the links above to get the information needed. One more to go!






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