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Unterberg Poetry Center

The Joan Leiman Jacobson Poetry Prizes

For over 60 years 92Y’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, Larry Levis, Mary Jo Bang, Solmaz Sharif and Diana Khoi Nguyen, to name but a few. Will you be next?

Four winners receive a reading at 92Y, publication in The Paris Review Daily, a two-night residency at the ACE Hotel and $500 each.

Read selections by last year’s winners: Kenzie Allen, Ina Cariño, Mag Gabbert and Alexandra Zukerman.

Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at 5 pm.

To apply, read the guidelines and submit here.

This contest is endowed by Joan L. and Dr. Julius H. Jacobson, II.

Preliminary Judges

Sumita Chakraborty

Sumita Chakraborty

Sumita Chakraborty is the author of Arrow. Her poetry has appeared in POETRY, American Poetry Review

Timothy Donnelly

Timothy Donnelly

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-Seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit

Final Judges

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang

Victoria Chang is the author of OBIT, winner of the 2018 Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award …

Brian Teare

Brian Teare

Brian Teare is the author of Companion Grasses, a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award …

Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams

Phillip B. Williams is the author of Mutiny and Thief in the Interior, winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award …