Call for Submissions
Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each will be awarded to young poets in the U.S. through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.
-Applicants must reside in the U.S. or be U.S. citizens.
-Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2019.
-Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm (Central Standard Time) on April 30, 2019.
-Applications must be made through , according to the guidelines below. (Be sure you are submitting to the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship category on our submissions page, otherwise your work will not be considered for the fellowship. Please note that this link will only work when we are open for submissions, from March 1-April 30.)
-Application materials sent via email or standard mail will not be considered.
-Poems previously published in journals or books may be included in your application.
HOW TO APPLY:
-FIRST, assemble your application materials as a SINGLE file (acceptable file types are pdf, doc, docx, txt, rtf, wpf). This document must include:
-An approximately 250-word introduction to your work (not to exceed one page).
-Ten pages of poems. You may include multiple poems on one page, but the total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
-Publication list stating which poems included in your packet have already been published in journals or books. (This is optional. If you choose to include it, please do so as the last page of your document.)
-Name this document [LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].doc (example: Doe_John.doc)
Finalists will be notified by email by August 1. Winners will be announced by September 1.
Payments to winners will be subject to the completion of IRS Form W-9, including a valid TIN or SSN.
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Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008 the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2013, the Poetry Foundation to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.