Li-Young Lee is the author of The Undressing (W. W. Norton, 2018); Behind My Eyes (W. W. Norton, 2008); Book of My Nights (BOA Editions, 2001), which won the 2002 William Carlos Williams Award; The City in Which I Love You (BOA Editions, 1990), which was the 1990 Lamont Poetry Selection; and Rose (BOA Editions, 1986), which won the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Poetry Award. He has been the recipient of many awards, including a Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets, a Lannan Literary Award, a Whiting Writer’s Award, and the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award.
The prize is open to poets who have not published a book-length collection of poems with a registered ISBN. Poems previously published in magazines, online, or in limited edition chapbooks may be included in the manuscript, but the manuscript itself must not have been published as a book-length work exceeding 25 pages. Translations are not eligible nor are works written by multiple authors. APR complies with the CLMP Code of Ethics in the administration of this contest. The judge will select a manuscript in an anonymous review process and will not award the prize to any writer whose personal relationship to the judge poses a conflict of interest.
To be considered for the prize, submit a manuscript of 48 pages or more, single-spaced, paginated, with a table of contents, acknowledgments, and a $25 entry fee, checks made payable to The American Poetry Review.
• Manuscripts must be received between August 1 and October 31, 2019. The winning author and all other entrants will be notified by February 15, 2020.
• You may simultaneously submit your manuscript elsewhere, but please notify us immediately if it is accepted for publication. Submission of more than one manuscript is permissible; each must be under separate cover with a fee.
• The winning author will have time to revise the manuscript after acceptance, but please send no revisions during the reading period.
Send submissions to: APR, Honickman First Book Prize, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia PA 19103
or submit online here.