Now Accepting Submissions: The Amy Award

By The Editors on 4.07.10

In the world of poetry awards, the Amy Award stands out. Why you ask? Not only does it support young women writing poetry and offer the opportunity to give a large public reading in New York City (a rare occurrence for an unpublished poet), but it also honors the memory of an extremely talented writer and actress, Amy Rothholz, who died at 25.

Poets & Writers is now accepting submissions for the 2010 Amy Awards, open to women poets age 30 and under living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. The deadline is June 1st. For full submission instructions, go to the Amy Award site.

Full disclosure: I was one of the winners last year, and I can honestly say that winning this award was one of the best experiences of my writing life.  Awards and contests come and go (along with the award money), but I’ll never forget reading for a packed house with three other incredible writers. My own poems that I read that night have since been edited or abandoned, but the poem I read by Amy will be with me for a long time.

2009 Amy Award Winners
(Poems Out Loud co-editor, Libby Burton, second from the left).
Photo by Linda Rondinelli.

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