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PEN/Voelcker Award ($5,000)

The PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, established by a bequest from Hunce Voelcker, this award is given to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature. The poet honored by the award is one for whom the exceptional promise seen in earlier work has been fulfilled, and who continues to mature with each successive volume of poetry. The award is given in even-numbered years and carries a stipend of $5,000.

Past Winners: Jane Kenyon, Franz Wright, C.K. Williams, Heather McHugh, Frederick Seidel, Robert Pinsky, Linda Gregg, Kimiko Hahn, Marilyn Hacker, Toi Derricotte, and Frank Bidart.

Eligibility and Submissions for the 2016 Awards

Deadline
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Submit your nomination by September 28, 2015

Who is eligible
There are no restrictions as to the age of the poet or to the style of his or her work. The award is judged by a panel of three to five poets or other writers whose tastes and knowledge of contemporary American poetry are wide-ranging and thorough. 

How to apply
Please note that submissions will only be accepted from Professional Members of PEN and that it is understood that all nominations made for the PEN/Voelcker Award supplement internal nominations made by the panel of judges.

Click here to submit an online nomination. The nomination form will ask for a nomination statement (one to two pages is expected) which should describe the scope and literary caliber of the candidate's work, and summarize the candidate's publications. Most importantly, nominations should articulate the degree of accomplishment the nominated poet has attained, and the esteem in which the candidate's work is held within the American literary community. 

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