Established in 1978 to recognize and promote excellence in contemporary poetry by ensuring the publication of five books of poetry a year through a series of participating publishers. Five distinguished poets will each select one winning manuscript for publication from entries to the Open Competition. Each winner will receive $10,000.



Announcing The Paz Prize for Poetry (Spanish Translation)

The National Poetry Series and The Center @ Miami Dade College are pleased to announce the establishment of The Paz Prize for Poetry. This annual award—named in the spirit of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet, Octavio Paz—will honor a previously unpublished book of poetry written originally in Spanish by an American resident. An open competition will be held each May, when an esteemed Spanish-speaking poet will select a winning manuscript. The book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press. The first winner will be published in October, 2013. The winning poet will also receive a $500 cash prize.

“I believe this is going to be an incredibly important prize,” said Daniel Halpern, Director of The National Poetry Series, “Our goal is to actively search for manuscripts by poets in America writing original poetry in Spanish—younger poets and older, alike. And it’s an honor to be working with Alina Interian and her remarkable Center at Miami Dade College.”

Ms. Interian adds “We are very pleased to partner with the National Poetry Series to sponsor The Paz Prize for Poetry. In our increasingly diverse nation, poetry in translation is not just desired, but necessary. . . it allows for shared experience across cultures and greater understanding, and for even more beauty in our world.”

Esteemed Puerto Rican American poet, Victor Hernández Cruz will serve as the first judge of The Paz Prize for Poetry. Joining Mr. Cruz and Ms. Interian on the Advisory Board for the prize are Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Cristina García, Mitchell Kaplan, Campbell McGrath, Pablo Medina, Eduardo J. Padrón, Gary Soto, Ilan Stavans, and Luisa Valenzuela.

The 2012 submission period for The Paz Prize for Poetry will be May 1–June 15. Complete guidelines are available on www.nationalpoetryseries.org and www.flcenterlitarts.com.

As a department of Miami Dade College, The Center began in 2002 as an umbrella organization producing literary programming that embraces authors and writing, journalism, play and screen writing, reading and literacy, and the successful Miami Book Fair International. The Center’s community outreach consists of reading campaigns and book discussions, writing workshops, author presentations, panel discussions, master classes, and much more to promote the craft and power of the written word.

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of poetry books annually through participating publishers. More than 160 books have been awarded since the Series’ inception, and the recent addition of the Robert Fagles Translation Prize. Publication is funded by the Lannan Foundation; Stephen Graham; Joyce & Seward Johnson Foundation; Juliet Lea Hillman Simonds; The Poetry Foundation; Olaf Olafsson, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Newhouse; Jennifer Rubell; The New York Community Trust; Elizabeth Christopherson; and Aristides Georgantas.

For more information, please contact the Coordinator at: The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540 telephone (609) 430-0999 fax (609) 430-9933

Submit your work for the 2012 Paz Prize for Spanish Translation (Guidelines)


The Paz Prize for Poetry Competition Guidelines
Sponsored by The National Poetry Series and The Center @ Miami Dade College

The Center @ Miami Dade College will award one prize annually for the publication of a previously unpublished book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident.  The prize will recognize book-length manuscripts of poetry written in Spanish. Translations, works of literary criticism and scholarly texts do not qualify. 
The winner will be selected by an esteemed Spanish-speaking poet.  The chosen book will be translated into English by an experienced translator, and will be published in a bilingual edition. 
The Spanish Prize will be administered through The National Poetry Series. Entrants should submit the following from May 1 – June 15 to The National Poetry Series, The Paz Prize for Poetry, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540:

1) A single-spaced copy of the manuscript. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals. Chapbooks, small groups of poems, and books previously self-published are not eligible. Manuscript length is not limited. However, a length of approximately 48 pages is suggested. All manuscripts should be paginated and typed on one side of the page only.
2) Two cover sheets, both including the title of the manuscript, author’s name, address, email, and phone number, along with a brief description of the work and biography of the author (200 words).
We regret that manuscripts cannot be returned. There will be no additions, deletions, or substitutions once a manuscript is submitted. Entrants should inform The National Poetry Series immediately if the manuscript is selected for publication elsewhere.
Finalists for the award will be notified in late July, and the winner will be announced in September.  Information relating to the competition will be available atwww.nationalpoetryseries.com and www.flcenterlitarts.com.
The winning poet will be given a chance to make final changes prior to publication.
For more information, please contact the Coordinator, The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. Phone: 609.430.0999 Fax: 609.430.9933

Announcing 2012 Open Competition Guidelines


2012 Open Competition Guidelines

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of five books of poetry each year. Winning manuscripts are selected through an annual open competition, judged by five distinguished poets. Each winning poet receives a $1,000 cash award in addition to having his or her manuscript published by a participating trade, university, or small press publisher. Publishers currently include HarperCollins Publishers, Fence Books, University of Georgia Press, Penguin Books, and Milkweed Editions.  Recent judges have included John Ashbery, Yusef Komunyakaa, Lucie Brock-Broido, Ilya Kaminsky, Campbell McGrath, Patricia Smith, and D.A. Powell. Among the list of more than 150 esteemed NPS winners are award-winning poets Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Naomi Shihab Nye, Eleni Sikelianos, and Terrance Hayes. 

The National Poetry Series seeks book-length manuscripts of poetry written by American citizens. All manuscripts must be previously unpublished in their complete form, although some or all of the individual poems may have appeared in periodicals. Translations, chapbooks, small groups of poems, and books previously self-published are not eligible. Manuscript length is not limited. However, a length of 48-64 pages is suggested.

Manuscripts, accompanied by an entrance fee of $30.00 (per manuscript) made payable to The National Poetry Series, will be accepted at The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ,  08540, with a postmark of January 1 through (and including) February 15, 2012.

Manuscripts must include 2 cover pages:
One page should list title of manuscript, author’s name, address, and telephone number. 
   This should be the only page with author’s identification.
One page should list title of manuscript only.

Manuscripts must be:
Typed on standard white paper, on one side of the page only.
Paginated (include a table of contents).
Bound only by a clip as more permanent bindings are very difficult to handle!

DO NOT INCLUDE: Acknowledgments, explanatory statements, resumes, autobiographical statements, photographs, illustrations, or artwork. These will not be considered.

We regret that manuscripts cannot be returned.
No additions, deletions, or substitutions once a manuscript has been submitted.
Entrants should inform NPS immediately if their manuscript is selected for
publication elsewhere.

Finalists will be notified and asked to submit five (5) additional copies of their original submission.

Winning authors will be given the opportunity to make final changes prior to publication.

Please include a Self-Addressed Stamped Postcard if you would like confirmation that your manuscript has been received. Include a SASE if you would like notification of the NPS winners (announced in August).

Please visit The National Poetry Series web site: www.nationalpoetryseries.org for general updates throughout the competition.

If you require any additional information, write to the Coordinator,
                                NPS, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ  08540.

Announcing the winners of the 2011 Open Competition

The Winners of the 2011 Open Competition

With Venom and Wonder, by Julianne Buchsbaum of Lawrence, KS
Chosen by Lucie Brock-Broido, to be published by Penguin Books

Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, by Hannah Gamble of Chicago, IL
Chosen by Bernadette Mayer, to be published by Fence Books

Green Is for World, by Juliana Leslie of Santa Cruz, CA
Chosen by Ange Mlinko, to be published by Coffee House Press

Exit Civilian, by Idra Novey of Brooklyn, NY
Chosen by Patricia Smith, to be published by University of Georgia Press

Maybe the Saddest Thing, by Marcus Wicker of Ann Arbor, MI
Chosen by D.A. Powell, to be published by HarperCollins Publishers