The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce two changes to its distinguished Walt Whitman Award, making it the most valuable first-book award for poetry in the United States. In addition to a $5,000 cash prize, the winner of the 2015 award will now receive publication of his or her manuscript by Graywolf Press, an award-winning independent publisher, and an all-expenses-paid six-week residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy. These new partnerships are part of the Academy’s ongoing efforts to support poets at all stages of their careers.
Submissions for the 2015 Walt Whitman Award will be accepted online between September 1 and November 1, 2014. The judge of the 2015 Walt Whitman Award is Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy K. Smith.
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