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Application: Cave Canem Prize

April 8 @ 12:00 am - May 5 @ 11:59 pm

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Application period: April 8 to May 5

The Cave Canem Prize was launched in 1999 to support Black writers in publishing their first book of poetry. ⁠

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Prize, and to celebrate this milestone, we’re offering a prize of $10,000 for the selected manuscript. Natasha Trethewey, the first-ever winner of the Cave Canem Prize, will be the Prize Judge for this largest prize in our history (and one of the largest first poetry book prizes in the country).⁠

The Prize winner receives:⁠
• 10,000 monetary award⁠
• Publication by Graywolf Press (@graywolfpress) in fall 2025⁠
• 15 copies of the published book⁠
• A feature reading with Natasha Trethewey, presented by Cave Canem in fall 2025⁠

Apply via Submittable.

Details

Start:
April 8 @ 12:00 am
End:
May 5 @ 11:59 pm