The PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry, established by a bequest from Hunce Voelcker, is given to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature. The poet honored by the award is one for whom the exceptional promise seen in earlier work has been fulfilled, and who continues to mature with each successive volume of poetry. The award is given in even-numbered years and carries a stipend of $5,000. Nominations for this award are solicited from current Professional Members of PEN America in good standing.

Learn more about eligibility and nominations here

All winners and finalists for this award are eligible to receive PEN America’s official winner or finalist seal. If you are a publisher of a shortlisted or winning book for this award and are interested in obtaining the PEN America award seal, please write to awards@pen.org.

 


Current Cycle: 2020

Nominations Accepted: June 1 – September 15, 2019
Awards Ceremony: March 2020