New York, NY (August 27, 2018)—In partnership with the New York City-based Academy for Teachers, the Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce the On Teaching Poem Prize. This $1,000 award will be given to honor the best previously unpublished poem written about K–12 teaching and/or teachers. 
The winning poem will be published in the Academy of American Poets popular Poem-a-Day series in May 2019 and published on A finalist will also be chosen and awarded $500. 
The judge is Presidential Inaugural Poet and Academy of American Poets Education Ambassador Richard Blanco.
Submissions are accepted from October 1, 2018, through midnight January 1, 2019. For guidelines and more information, please visit:
About the Academy for Teachers
The Academy for Teachers is a New York City-based nonprofit organization that honors and supports exceptional teachers by bringing them together with prominent experts and artists for inspiring master classes and other events. It also seeks to raise respect for the teaching profession by encouraging artistic works that highlight the essential work of teachers.  
About the Academy of American Poets
The Academy of American Poets is the nation’s largest member-supported nonprofit organization championing American poets and poetry. The organization produces, the world’s largest publicly-funded website for poets and poetry; originated and continues to organize National Poetry Month; publishes the popular Poem-a-Day series and American Poets magazine; creates and distributes free, award-winning resources for K-12 educators; and hosts an annual series of poetry readings and special events. In addition, the organization coordinates the Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations across the United States. Since its founding in 1934, the Academy of American Poets has awarded more money to poets than any other organization through its American Poets Prizes.