The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry.

Announcing the Winners of the 2019 Competition! Five manuscripts have been selected for publication in Fall 2020

The winners of the 2019 National Poetry Series are Heid Erdrich, Alexandria Hall, Diane Louie, Benjamin Garcia, and Michael Torres. Learn more …

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Writers on the National Poetry Series


I know of no program more vital to the launching of a poet’s career than The National Poetry Series. For over 30 years, 5 poets annually have enjoyed the immense benefit of having their manuscripts transformed into handsome books by some of the most prestigious publishers in the country. Measured by these hard, practical results alone, the Series deserves the support of every devotee of poetry. My own Questions About Angels, selected by Edward Hirsch in 1990, marked the true beginning of my public life in poetry.

Billy Collins

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