september, 2021

30sepAll DayX.J. Kennedy Poetry PrizeUSAEntry Fee:$28 Max word count:N/A Top Prize:$10,000 advance

Event Details

Established in 1998, The X. J. Kennedy Prize highlights one full-length collection of poetry per year. Since 2019 the Prize comes with a $10,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.

Submissions open each year on July 1 and close on September 30.

The winner of the 2020 X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize is Before I Had the Word, by Brooke Sahni.

X. J. Kennedy, for whom this competition is named, is a distinguished poet, translator, anthologist, editor, and is the author of numerous books of poetry, children’s literature, and textbooks on English literature. Kennedy won the Poetry Society of America’s Frost Medal for lifetime service to poetry in 2009.

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