Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award

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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.

The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce that Wendy Chen has won the inaugural Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award for her poem “They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea.” This year’s judge was Alberto Ríos.

About “They Sail Across the Mirrored Sea,” Alberto Ríos said: “This is poetry of genuine maturity, whose imagery and circumstance are constructed from patience, with a particularly demonstrable talent for turning the slowness of this story’s time into vibrant observation and compelling connection—in that way reaching from the depths of the poem out to us who are reading it.”


Students who have won one of our 2014 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 a 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.

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:
Patricia Guzman
Programs Coordinator
(212) 274-0343, ext. 13