Submission Guidelines

Publishers are invited to enter books published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019.

  • Submissions must be received by February 15, 2020.
  • There is a $20 submission fee. Unlimited submissions are allowed, but each book requires its own submission and fee.
  • The winner will be announced in May of 2020, and a reading will be scheduled for October of 2020.

To be awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living poet who is not a US citizen (green card holders welcome) published in the 2019 calendar year. The book must be in English or in English translation, published anywhere in the world. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, along with a reading at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, the publication of a limited-edition broadside, and a week-long residency at Derek Walcott’s home in Trinidad during the annual Walcott Festival. This year’s prize will be judged by acclaimed poet, playwright, novelist, and critic, Glyn Maxwell — friend and colleague of Derek Walcott, and editor of Walcott’s Selected Poems.