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"Arrowsmith Press, together with the Boston Playwrights' Theatre and The Derek Walcott Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad, announces the first annual Derek Walcott Prize for Poetry to be awarded to a full-length book of poems by a living poet who is not a US citizen (green card holders welcome) published in the 2019 calendar year.

The book may be in English or in English translation, and may have been published anywhere in the world.

The prize includes a $1,000 cash award, along with a reading at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre in Boston, the publication of a limited-edition broadside by Arrowsmith Press, and a week-long residency at Derek Walcott’s home in either St. Lucia or in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, during the annual Walcott Festival. In the case of translations, the prize money is to be shared by the poet and the translator.

Publishers are invited to enter books published between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Submissions must be received by February 15, 2020. Submission forms may be found on this page in mid-September, 2019. There is a $20 submission fee. Unlimited submissions allowed, but each book requires its own submission and fee. Two hard copies of the book should be mailed to Arrowsmith Press, 11 Chestnut Street, Medford, MA 02155. The winner will be announced in May, and a reading will be scheduled for October, 2020. The prize committee hopes to work with publishers to coordinate with their author’s touring schedule." - Arrowsmith Press

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