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.



Carlos Pintado Wins 2014 Paz Prize for Poetry, Awarded by Miami Dade College’s Center for Literature & Theatre and The National Poetry Series


The Center for Literature & Theatre @ Miami Dade College (MDC) and The National Poetry Series have announced the winner of the 2014 Paz Prize for Poetry: Nueve Monedas by Carlos Pintado from Miami Beach.

Pintado’s work was chosen by esteemed Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco. This was Blanco’s introduction to Pintado’s work, and he shared his initial thoughts: “The urgency and presence in Pintado’s poems feel as if the poet’s very life depended on writing them. They are possessed by a unique, intangible quality that arrests the reader and commands attention. His work is intimate yet boundless, moving easily between form and free verse, prose poems and long poems, whether capturing the everyday streets of Miami Beach or leading us into the mythic and mystical worlds of his imagination.”

Carlos Pintado is a Cuban–American writer, playwright and award-winning poet who immigrated to the United States in the early 1990s. His book Autorretrato en azul received the prestigious Sant Jordi's International Prize for Poetry, and his book El azar y los tesoros was one of the finalists for Spain's Adonais Prize in 2008. Pintado’s work has been translated into numerous languages, and turned into several musical pieces performed by renowned ensembles.

Blanco also awarded Honorable Mention this year to Lourdes Vázquez of Miami, for her work Un enigma esas munecas.

Named in honor of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet, Octavio Paz, this award recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. Pintado’s book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Press in the fall of 2015.

The Center @ MDC promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout South Florida.

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 to ensure the publication of poetry books annually through participating publishers.

Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, Tere Estorino, MDC media relations director, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu; or Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu.

The Center @ MDC media contact: Maria Lanao, Levy Communications, 305-764-3370 ext. 206, maria@levycomm.com.

The National Poetry Series contact: Stephanie Stio, stio31@cs.com, 609-430-0999. 

2015 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 $10,000 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 include John Ashbery, Natasha Trethewey, Mary Jo Bang, Campbell McGrath, Denise Duhamel, and D.A. Powell.

Among the list of esteemed NPS winners are award-winning poets Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Naomi Shihab Nye, Eleni Sikelianos, 2014 MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes, and Adrian Matejka—finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2013 National Book Award.

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 23, 2015 (extended due to weather).

Manuscripts must include 2 cover pages:
  • One page should list title of manuscript, author’s name, address, and email/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

The National Poetry Series Open Competition Award Increased to $10,000

The National Poetry Series (NPS) is pleased to announce that beginning in 2014, the five winners of the NPS Open Competition will each receive a $10,000 prize, along with the publication of their selected book. This increase has been made possible by a generous grant from the Lannan Foundation. 

Daniel Halpern writes, “Over the years, the Lannan Foundation has been one of the most significant literary forces in this country, contributing in ways that have had a huge impact on our literature and the lives of writers. Their unfailing support of NPS has made it possible to ensure the publication of many worthy collections of poetry—which in turn has kick-started the careers of numerous poets who have gone on to establish themselves as important voices in American poetry."

Now in its 36th year, NPS has seen 175 books into print, published by prominent trade, university, and independent publishing houses throughout the United States. Founded in 1978 by Halpern and James A. Michener, The National Poetry Series continues to fulfill its mission every year by overseeing the publication of new books of poetry that might not otherwise be published by providing support in the processes of manuscript solicitation, selection, and promotion.

Each year, more than 1,200 manuscripts are reviewed by highly regarded poets such as recent judges John Ashbery, Natasha Trethewey, Nikky Finney, Dean Young, D. Nurkse, Patricia Smith, and D.A. Powell.

Among the list of esteemed NPS winners are award-winning poets Billy Collins, Stephen Dunn, Mark Doty, Marie Howe, Nathaniel Mackey, Naomi Shihab Nye, Eleni Sikelianos, Terrance Hayes, and Adrian Matejka—finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize and 2013 National Book Award.

The Lannan Foundation, a family foundation in New Mexico that dedicates a great part of their funding to projects supporting contemporary writers, has been the largest benefactor of NPS for many years.

The first recipients of the $10,000 prizes are the recently announced winners of the 2014 NPS Open Competition: Simeon Berry for his book Monograph, chosen by Denise Duhamel, to be published by University of Georgia Press; Joshua Poteat for his book The Regret Histories, chosen by Campbell McGrath, to be published by HarperCollins; Ed Pavlic for his book Let’s Let That Are Not Yet : Inferno, chosen by John Keene, to be published by Fence Books; Nancy Reddy for her book Double Jinx, chosen by Alex Lemon, to be published by Milkweed Editions; and, Sarah Vap for her book Viability, chosen by Mary Jo Bang, to be published by Penguin Books. 


National Poetry Series in the News

Beginning in 2014, the five winners of the National Poetry Series Open Competition will each receive a $10,000 prize, along with the publication of their selected book. This increase has been made possible by a generous grant from the Lannan Foundation.

Read more about this exciting announcement below:  

The Poetry Foundation:
It’s BAAAACKK! National Poetry Series Is Still Writing the Book!

New York Times
Back From the Brink, Poetry Group Makes Cash Prizes Bigger Thanks to a Grant

Publishers Weekly:
National Poetry Series Ups Cash Prize

Announcing the Winners of The National Poetry Series 2014 Open Competition

The National Poetry Series is pleased to announce the results of the 2014 Open Competition.  The winning books are scheduled for publication in the summer of 2015.

Monograph by Simeon Berry of Somerville, MA, chosen by Denise Duhamel, to be published by University of Georgia Press

The Regret Histories by Joshua Poteat of Richmond, VA, chosen by Campbell McGrath, to be published by HarperCollins

Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno by Ed Pavlić of Athens, GA, chosen by John Keene, to be published by Fence Books

Double Jinx by Nancy Reddy of Madison, WI, chosen by Alex Lemon, to be published by Milkweed Editions


Viability by Sarah Vap of Venice, CA, chosen by Mary Jo Bang, to be published by Penguin Books

Announcing the Paz Prize for Poetry 2014

The Center for Literature and Theatre@ Miami Dade College Announces The Paz Prize for Poetry 2014 Contest  

Miami, Jan. 16, 2014Calling all Poets! The Center @ Miami Dade College (MDC), in collaboration with The National Poetry Series, has announced the return of The Paz Prize for Poetry. The submission period for this year’s contest is May 1--June 15.

Named in honor of the late Nobel Prize-winning poet, Octavio Paz, the award recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. The winning book will be published in a bilingual edition by AkashicBooks, and its author will receive a $2,000 cash prize. Renowned Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco will serve as a judge.

“The stories of America’s diverse cultural landscape don’t come in just one language or one color. The Paz Prize recognizes this, and as such, I’m honored to serve as judge,” said Blanco.  “This important award bridges understanding through the power of poetry, and honors the value of Spanish-speaking cultures contributing their stories through the arts to the story of the United States.”

“We are very pleased to once again partner with The National Poetry Series to sponsor The Paz Prize for Poetry,” said Alina Interian, executive director of MDC's Cultural Affairs Department. “In our increasingly diverse nation, poetry in translation is not just desired but necessary. It allows for shared experience across cultures and great understanding, and even more beauty in the world.” 

The Paz Prize for Poetry was started in 2012 to commemorate The Center’s 10th anniversary and it’s renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts.The first winning title, Colaterales/Collateral by Dinapiera Di Donato, was recently released by Akashic Books to great acclaim.  “It's a remarkable collection of poems,” wrote Daniel Halpern, director and founder of The National Poetry Series.  “Unlike anything being written…always entrancing and seductive, line by line, poem after poem.” 

Members of the Advisory Board for the prize are Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Cristina Garcia, Mitchell Kaplan, Campbell McGrath, Pablo Medina,Gary Soto, IlanStavans, and Luisa Valenzuela.

“We are looking forward to the next round of the contest,” said Lissette Mendez, director of programs for the Center. “The discovery of new American voices is especially thrilling.”

For complete contest guidelines, please visit
thecenteratmdc.org, or www.nationalpoetryseries.org.

The National Poetry Series was established in 1978 by Daniel Halpern and James Michener to ensure the publication of five collections of poetry annually through participating publishers. More than 175 books have been awardedsince the Series' inception.

About The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College
The Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College promotes reading, writing and theatre throughout South Florida. Its Generation Genius programs for children and teens promote literacy and learning. Its creative writing program has national appeal, with courses taught by local and visiting authors. The Center is home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances year round. In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theater arts. The Center collaborates with a number of cultural institutions and other partners in South Florida, and throughout the state, to create innovative or theme-based initiatives year-round.  

The Center @ MDC media contact: Maria Lanao, Levy Communications, 305-764-3370 ext. 206, maria@levycomm.com.


Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, TereEstorino, MDC media relations director, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu; Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu; Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu or Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu.

This and other MDC releases are available on the web at www.mdc.edu.

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The Paz Prize for Poetry Guidelines 2014

The Paz Prize for Poetry 2014 Guidelines

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 at www.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

Premio Paz de Poesía 
Bases
El Centro de Literatura y Teatro del MDC (The Center @ Miami Dade College) otorgará cada año un premio para la publicación de un poemario inédito escrito originalmente en español por un (a) autor(a) residente en los Estados Unidos. Sólo se aceptarán manuscritos de poesía con extensión de libro redactados en español. Las traducciones, obras de crítica literaria y textos académicos no serán elegibles.
El poemario ganador será seleccionado por un (a) prestigioso (a) poeta de habla hispana. El libro escogido será traducido al inglés por un traductor experto, y será publicado en una edición bilingüe.
El Premio Paz será administrado por The National Poetry Series. Los participantes deben enviar lo siguiente, desde el 1 de mayo al 15 de junio, a la siguiente dirección:
 The National Poetry Series, The Paz Prize for Poetry, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540:
1) Copia del manuscrito escrito a un solo espacio. Los manuscritos deben ser inéditos, aunque algunos de sus poemas pueden haber aparecido en publicaciones periódicas. Las plaquettes, pequeños grupos de poemas y libros publicados por el propio autor no son elegibles. No hay límite de extensión. Sin embargo, se sugiere un libro de 48 páginas aproximadamente. Los manuscritos deben estar paginados y escritos en una sola cara.
2) Dos hojas de presentación con el título del manuscrito, nombre del (la) autor (a), dirección, dirección de correo electrónico y número telefónico, y una breve descripción de la obra y biografía del (la) escritor (a), con 200 palabras de extensión como máximo.
Lamentablemente, los manuscritos no serán devueltos. Una vez presentado el manuscrito, no se permitirán adiciones, eliminaciones ni sustituciones de texto. Si el manuscrito es seleccionado para su publicación en otra editorial, el (la) concursante deberá informárselo de inmediato a The National Poetry Series.
Los finalistas del premio serán notificados a finales de julio, y el nombre del (la) ganador (a) se dará a conocer en septiembre. Para obtener información acerca del concurso, visite los sitios Web www.nationalpoetryseries.com y www.TheCenteratMDC.org.
El (la) poeta que gane el premio tendrá la oportunidad de hacerle cambios finales al manuscrito antes de su publicación.


Para más información, póngase en contacto con: The Coordinator, The National Poetry Series, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton, NJ 08540. Tel: 609.430.0999 Fax: 609.430.9933

DEADLINE EXTENSION FOR 2014 OPEN COMPETITION

Because of the severe winter weather, the deadline has been extended for the 2014 Open Competition.  Manuscripts will be accepted until February 28, 2014.



Dinapiera Di Donato (Winner of Paz Prize for Poetry) reads at McNally Jackson Books

Please join us as the Winner of the Paz Prize for Poetry Dinapiera Di Donato reads at McNally Jackson Books.
 
This will be a bilingual event with translator Ricardo Alberto Maldonado.

Date: Feb 21, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Place: McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York