James Laughlin Award
The James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a poet's second book. It is the only second-book award for poetry in the United States. Offered since 1954, the award was endowed in 1995 by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust. It is named for the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914-1997), who founded New Directions in 1936.
Only manuscripts already under contract with publishers are considered for the James Laughlin Award. The Academy awards the winning poet a cash prize of $5,000 and purchases copies of the book for distribution to its members.
Submissions are accepted each year from January 1 to May 15. An entry form, signed by the publisher, is required. To obtain the guidelines and an entry form for the James Laughlin Award, please follow the link below or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the Academy in January. The winner will be announced in September.