Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Guidelines

 Allen Ginsberg, 1985 (Photo: Wikimedia- MDCarchives )

Allen Ginsberg, 1985 (Photo: Wikimedia-MDCarchives)

Honoring Allen Ginsberg’s contribution to American literature, this annual poetry competition awards a first prize of $1000,  second prize of $200, and a third prize of $100.

Up to five poems per person will be accepted for consideration. Submit four copies of each poem for distribution to the judges. No poem should be more than two manuscript pages. Since the poems will be judged anonymously, sheets which contain the poems should not have the poet’s name on
them. Include a separate sheet with the poet’s name, mailing address, phone number, email address and the titles of the poems. Poems cannot be returned.

Please do not submit poems that imitate Allen Ginsberg’s work.

The postmarked deadline for submissions to the Allen Ginsberg Awards for 2018 was February 1, 2018.

Winners will be announced in Summer 2018, and they will be asked to participate in a reading to take place at the historic Hamilton Club Building in downtown Paterson.

A check for $18.00 payable to PCCC must accompany your submission. In the memo section of the check write “Poetry Contest”. The entry fee covers the cost of a subscription to the Paterson Literary Review.

The poems for the winners, Honorable Mention and Editor’s Choice recipients will be published in the Paterson Literary Review (summer of the following year).

Contest entrants are asked not to call the college in reference to the contest. Winners will be notified by mail.
Winners’ names will also appear here, in newspaper and media announcements and on the Poetry Center website.

Download a printable one page copy of the full award guidelines