We are pleased to announce the Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize, which will honor exceptional poems that help make real for readers the gravity of the vulnerable state of our environment at present, in partnership with Treehouse Investments, a social impact firm, which is funding the prize.  

Three poets will be honored. First place will receive $1,000; second place, $750; and third place, $500. In addition, all three poems will be published in the popular Poem-a-Day series, which is distributed to 500,000 readers. Poems may also be featured in the award-winning education series Teach This Poem, which serves 33,000 educators each week. 

Submissions will be accepted online from September 1 through November 1, 2019. The winning poets will be announced on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, which is Earth Day.

The judges for the inaugural Treehouse Climate Action Poem Prize are environmentalist Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature (Random House, 1989), and award-winning poet and author Julia Alvarez

For more information about the prize, including the full guidelines, visit poets.org/academy-american-poets/prizes/treehouse-climate-action-poem-prize.

Read the full press release.