“Winning Discovery was a life-changing, life-altering event. It is a humbling honor to join this historical roster of poets whom I admire and who inspire me. My life is so much brighter—for my friendships with those who organize this opportunity, and for the new relationships forged with fellow contest winners and the esteemed judges. It was and is a dream come true—a dream more rhapsodic than one I could have imagined. I wish this dream for everyone I love.”
—2017 Discovery winner Diana Khoi Nguyen, author of Ghost Of, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry
For over 60 years 92Y’s Discovery Contest has launched the careers of major poets like John Ashbery, Lucille Clifton, Mark Strand, Mary Jo Bang and Solmaz Sharif, to name 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
Applications must be submitted by Friday, January 11, 2019, at 5 pm.
To apply, read the guidelines and submit here.
This contest is endowed by Joan L. and Dr. Julius H. Jacobson, II.