James Laughlin Award
The James Laughlin Award is given to recognize and support a poet's second book. It is the only second-book award for poetry in the United States. Offered since 1954, the award was endowed in 1995 by a gift to the Academy from the Drue Heinz Trust. It is named for the poet and publisher James Laughlin (1914-1997), who founded New Directions in 1936.
Only manuscripts already under contract with publishers are considered for the James Laughlin Award. The Academy awards the winning poet a cash prize of $5,000 and purchases copies of the book for distribution to its members.
Submissions will be accepted January 1 through May 15.