poetry by the sea book awards

The fourth season for the Poetry by the Sea Book Awards, given to the best book published the previous year will open on February 8, 2022. This year, we have only one category, Best Book of 2021, and the winner will be awarded a prize of $500.


Submission Guidelines



1. Authors or publishers may nominate books. Book must have been published in 2021. Note: Books may contain individual translated poems but books in translation are not eligible.

2. Books may be submitted by pdf or as hard copies, using the Submittable link below.

3. If submitting as pdf, please attach a pdf of the book and one of the cover to the Submittable form.

4. If submitting a hard copy, please check the box on the form and mail one copy to Anna Evans, PO Box 115, Hainesport, NJ 08036.

5. The entry fee of $50 is payable through Submittable [You do not need a Paypal account to enter]. Entries that are not accompanied by the appropriate payment will NOT be considered.

6. Deadline: April 21st 2022

2022 Final Judge – Ned Balbo

Ned Balbo’s books include The Cylburn Touch-Me-Nots (New Criterion Poetry Prize) and 3 Nights of the Perseids (Richard Wilbur Award), both published in 2019. His previous books are Upcycling Paumanok, Lives of the Sleepers (Ernest Sandeen Prize), Galileo’s Banquet (Towson University Prize co-winner) and The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems (Poets’ Prize and the Donald Justice Prize). He has received a National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowship and four Maryland State Arts Council poetry awards. From 2015-2018 Balbo was a visiting faculty member in Iowa State University’s MFA program in creative writing and the environment, and more recently a faculty member at the West Chester University Poetry Conference. He is married to poet and essayist Jane Satterfield and lives in Baltimore. For more, visit https://nedbalbo.com.

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