Academy of American Poets’ Contest


November 1 to January 15

This prestigious national competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Poems can be published, unpublished, or under consideration elsewhere.

Contest Rules

Submit 1-3 poems (no more than 5 pages total). Be sure that your name does not appear on the poems themselves. Poems must be written in English and the original work of the writer (no translations). No more than one submission per student. Multiple entries will disqualify all. Poems must be in PDF or DOCX format. Poems can be single or double spaced. For purposes of definition, this contest is NOT a BYU contest (it is sponsored by the Academy of American Poets); therefore poems submitted to the Mayhew or Hart-Larson poetry competition can also be simultaneously submitted to this competition. The contest is open to all BYU undergraduate and graduate students who are full time during fall or winter semesters. Previous first place winners in this contest are ineligible to enter again. Poems will be judged anonymously and all decisions will be final. Usually one first prize award of $100 and a one-year membership to the Academy will be given, though the judge has the option of splitting the award between two co-winners.

Winner may be notified via telephone and/or E-mail. All others will receive E-mail notification only.