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PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection Award to a Poet

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PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection Award to a Poet


Award of $5,000 to a USA poet to recognize an outstanding book-length collection of poetry. Eligible works may be written in any poetic style and have significantly contributed to American poetry. Submissions are accepted from literary agents or publishers. All winners and finalists for this award are eligible to receive PEN America’s official winner or finalist seal.
The PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry Collection, established by a bequest from Hunce Voelcker, is given annually to a poet whose distinguished collection of poetry, published in the applicable calendar year, represents a notable and accomplished literary presence. The work will have expanded the scope of American poetry.
The annual award recognizes the importance of the poetry collection as an art form, with no restrictions on the career status of the poet.


  • A candidate’s work must be a collection of poetry published by a U.S. trade publisher between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.
  • The book must be a series of individual poems published by a single living author. Anthologies with multiple authors are ineligible.
  • Individual poems may have been previously published elsewhere; however, if the submitted book includes work previously published in a collection by the author, the submitted book should include significant new work.
  • The author must be a permanent U.S. resident or citizen.
  • If you submit a book for this award, you may not submit it for any additional PEN America Literary Award, with the exception of the PEN Open Book Award. Please note that the PEN/Faulkner Award is not considered a PEN America Literary Award.
  • Self-published books are not eligible.


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