The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, recently announced 2012 Emily Dickinson First Book Award. Named after the famous poet Emily Dickinson, who was born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, the award will recognize an American poet of at least 40 years of age who is yet to publish a first collection of poetry. The winning poet will have one book-length poetry manuscript published by Graywolf Press. In addition to publication and promotion of the manuscript, the winner will receive a prize of $10,000. The award however, is an occasional contest and is not held annually.
For 2012 contest, manuscripts will be accepted from January 16 to February 17, 2012. The winner will be notified by April 30, 2012, and publicly announced at the Pegasus Awards ceremony in 2012. For more information about submission guidelines visit Poetry Foundation website.