The UNT Rilke Prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.
An annual award of a $10,000 award recognizing a book that demonstrates
exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and
published in the preceding year.
Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry and
be U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States.
Work must be original poetry written in English.
Books may be submitted by presses or by writers themselves in the month of November and must be postmarked by November 30, 2012.
Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2011 and October 31, 2012 of the preceding year.
Each submission must include a copy of the book and a completed entry form.
Email a copy of the entry form to:
lisa.vining(at)unt.edu (Change (at) to @)
Self-published books will not be considered.
Finalists may be asked to submit further copies.
Books will not be returned.
The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and at The
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture on April 9th and 10th, 2013.
UNT will pay for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of
the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award. Poets who
enter the prize must agree to these terms in order to accept the prize.
Results will be announced in January.
The prize will be judged by UNT's poetry faculty.
Authors or publishers will email entry form and include a copy with the book submission. Find the entry form here.
and submission should be sent to:
The UNT Rilke Prize
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311307
Denton, TX 76203-5017