‘Poets of merit’ sought for prestigious fellowships

$50,000 to $100,000 awards up for grabs

Application deadline: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The Academy of American Poets has a long history of championing the role of poet laureate.
Ed Madden

Photo by Forrest Clonts

In 2019, they expanded their work, and prizes and fellowships for poets, with the launch of Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships. These are $50,000-$100,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities.

Last April, Ed Madden (right) was named poet laureate of Columbia when he received a $50,000 fellowship.

The fellowship award is unrestricted; however, in addition to the other eligibility and application criteria, the concept, scope, components, depth, and geographic reach of the proposed project, as well as the number of individuals to be served, will inform the recommended award made by a panel of award-winning poets and leaders in poetry and civic engagement.

The fellowships were established in partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read more about the 2019 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellows and their civic projects.

Submissions for the 2020 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are accepted from December 20, 2019 until February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time.