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 2020 is February 1, 2020.

Winners will be announced in Spring 2020, and 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.”

All poems by the Award winners, Honorable Mention and Editor’s Choice recipients will be published in the Paterson Literary Review.

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 on this website, and in newspaper and media announcements and on the Poetry Center website.

Download a printable one page copy of the 2020 award guidelines

*NOTE*  Regular submissions of poetry, fiction and prose for PLR issue #48 (2020) will be accepted from June 1 through September 30, 2019.