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

Announcing the Winners of the 2020 Competition! Five manuscripts have been selected for publication in Fall 2021

The winners of the 2020 National Poetry Series are W.J. Herbert, Trevor Ketner, Teresa K. Miller, Amanda Moore, and Devon Walker-Figueroa. Learn more …

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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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The National Poetry Series congratulates the five winners of the 2020 National Poetry Series Competition: W.J. Herbert, Trevor Ketner, Teresa K. Miller, Amanda Moore, and Devon Walker-Figueroa.
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Alejandro Pérez-Cortés is the winner of this year's Paz Poetry Prize for an original manuscript of Spanish language poetry.
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Recent reviews spotlight winning poetry collections from the 2018 National Poetry Series: Jake Skeets, Eyes Bottle Dark, in The New York Times (9/17/2019) Daniel Poppick, Fear of Description in The New York Times (10/01/2019) Jon Sands, It’s Not Magic in The Boston Globe (9/26/2019)
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