Five Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships in the amount of $25,800 each (previously $15,000), will be awarded to young poets through a national competition sponsored by the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. Established in 1989 by the Indianapolis philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the fellowships are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry.
- Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age as of April 30, 2014.
- Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2014.
- Applications must be made through our submissions website, according to the guidelines below.
- Application materials sent via e-mail or standard mail will not be considered.
- An approximately 250-word introduction to your work (not to exceed one page).
- Ten pages of poems, in standard font and size (Times New Roman, 12pt). You may include multiple poems on one page, but total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
- Publication list. (Optional. If you choose to include it, please do so as the last page of your document.)
- Name this document [LAST NAME]_[FIRST NAME].doc (example: Doe_John.doc).
Established in 1989 by Ruth Lilly to encourage the further writing and study of poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship program has dramatically expanded since its inception. Until 1995, university writing programs nationwide each nominated one student poet for a single fellowship; from 1996 until 2007, two fellowships were awarded. In 2008 the competition was opened to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age, and the number of fellowships increased to five, totaling $75,000. In 2014, the Poetry Foundation received a generous gift from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund to create the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships, which increased the fellowship amount from $15,000 to $25,800.