Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award

Established in 2013, the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award recognizes a student poet twenty-three years old or younger, with an annual cash prize of $1,000.


Students who have won one of the current year’s University & College Poetry Prizes and who were twenty-three years old or younger at that time will be considered for the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Only a school’s college prize coordinator may submit a student’s winning poem to be considered for the prize. No applications are accepted.

Any poet who meets one of the below criteria is eligible:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • resident of the United States for the ten-year period prior to January 1 of the prize year, or
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Legal Permanent Status (LPS), or any subsequent categories designated by the U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States.

Please note: By law the Academy of American Poets must report cash prizes awarded to individuals to the Internal Revenue Service. If individuals have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), the individual will receive a 1099. If the individual does not have an SSN or ITIN, the individual will receive a 1042 and could be subject to a withholding of a percentage of the cash prize.

Please also note: It’s the mission of the Academy of American Poets to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. In furtherance of our mission, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of quality and integrity in our publications and programs, and expect and require the same from the poets with whom we collaborate.

All applicants and selected award recipients agree that, as part of their eligibility to receive the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award, they will maintain the highest standards of fairness, decency and personal integrity, in the Academy’s sole discretion, including with adherence to all applicable laws and community values. The decisions of the Academy of American Poets regarding eligibility, both initial and throughout the award period, are final.

Prize Procedures

Submissions will be screened by Academy staff and ultimately judged by one of the past or current members of our Board of Chancellors. The individuals who serve as Chancellors are among the most distinguished poets of our day. In the event that Chancellors are unable to judge the prize, the President of the Academy will select a winner.

The prize winner will be featured on our website and in American Poets magazine.

For more information, please contact:
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(212) 274-0343