Time to Send Your First Book Manuscript!


C.D. Wright will serve as this year’s guest judge for the annual American Poetry Review /Honickman First Book Prize. The prize offers publication of a book of poems, a $3,000 award, and distribution by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium.

C.D. Wright has published over a dozen books, including Rising, Falling, Hovering (2008); Like Something Flying Backwards: New and Selected Poems (2007); and One Big Self: An Investigation (2003), a project she undertook with photographer Deborah Luster to document Louisiana inmates. She has also published several book-length poems, including the critically acclaimed Deepstep Come Shining (1998). Her honors include a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, she was elected as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

The submission period for the 2014 prize is now open and extends through October 31, 2014.



The prize of $3,000, with an introduction by the judge and distribution of the winning book by Copper Canyon Press through Consortium, will be awarded in 2014 with publication of the book in the same year. The author will receive a standard book publishing contract, with royalties paid in addition to the $3,000 prize.

The prize is open to U.S. citizens who have not published a book-length collection of poems with a registered ISBN. Poems previously published in periodicals or limited-edition chapbooks may be included in the manuscript, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a book-length work exceeding 25 pages. Translations are not eligible nor are works written by multiple authors. The editors of The American Poetry Review will screen manuscripts for the judge. APR complies with the CLMP Code of Ethics in the administration of this contest. The judge will select a manuscript in an anonymous review process and will not award the prize to any writer whose personal relationship to the judge poses a conflict of interest.

Please note: Manuscripts cannot be returned.

Manuscripts must be postmarked between August 1 and October 31, 2014. The winning author and all other entrants will be notified by February 15, 2015.

Please use first class mail. Do not use Federal Express, Overnight Mail, or UPS or any other service that requires a signature.

You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible; each must be under separate cover with a fee, a return postcard, and a notification envelope.

The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript after acceptance, but please send no revisions during the reading period.

To be considered for the prize, send:

1. A clearly typed poetry manuscript of 48 pages or more, single-spaced, paginated, with a table of contents and acknowledgments.

2. Two title pages: one with your name, address, e-mail, phone number, and the book title; a second title page should contain the title only. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript except the first title page.

3. An entry fee of $25 by check or money order, payable to The American Poetry Review.

4. A self-addressed stamped envelope for notification of contest results.

5. A self-addressed stamped postcard for notification of receipt of the manuscript. Your manuscript identification number will be included on this card when it is returned to you. If no postcard is included in your entry, you will not be notified of its receipt.


Send your submission to:

The American Poetry Review/ Honickman First Book Prize

University of the Arts

320 S. Broad St, Hamilton #313

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Nicole Sealey Receives The 2014 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets

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We are delighted to announce that Nicole Sealey has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets for her poem “Virginia Is for Lovers.” She will receive an award of $1,000 and the poem will be featured in the September/October 2014 issue. 

Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. Winner of the 2012 Poetry International Prize and selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2011, her work has appeared in Callaloo, Harvard Review, Poetry International, Ploughshares, and Third Coast, among other literary online and print journals. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the Programs Director at Cave Canem Foundation. 

Congratulations, Nicole! 

In Memoriam, Stephen Berg


Stephen Berg

August 2, 1934 – June 12, 2014

We are grieved to announce the passing of our founding editor, Stephen Berg. 

Stephen Berg was the driving force behind The American Poetry Review at our inception in 1972. He defined our mission: to make contemporary poetry a more public and accessible art. 

As there was not enough time to prepare an appropriate memorial for the July/August issue, we will honor the many writing and publishing accomplishments of Stephen Berg in our September/October 2014 issue. 


Katherine Bode-Lang Wins 2014 APR/Honickman Book Prize

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The Editors of The American Poetry Review and The Honickman Foundation are happy to announce the winner of 2014 APR/Honickman First Book Prize. Congratulations, Katherine Bode-Lang!

The prize is an award of $3,000 and publication of a debut collection to be distributed by Copper Canyon Press. This year’s winner, The Reformation, was selected by Stephen Dunn.

Katherine Bode-Lang was born and raised in western Michigan. Her chapbook, Spring Melt (Seven Kitchens Press), placed second in the 2008 Keystone Chapbook Contest and earned the New England Poetry Club’s Jean Pedrick Chapbook Award. She has published in numerous journals, including The Mid-American Review, Beloit, The Cincinnati Review, and Subtropics. Katherine earned her MFA in poetry at Penn State University, where she is now Assistant Director of The Methodology Center, an NIH-funded research center focused on public health.



APR now at The University of the Arts

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The American Poetry Review is happy to announce our new affiliation with The University of the Arts. While maintaining our independent nonprofit status, we will now call the university home and look forward to the new possibilities this partnership will bring. Our new address is: The American Poetry Review at The University of the Arts, 320 South Broad Street, Hamilton 313, Philadelphia, PA 19102