Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Established in 1999, this first book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by African American poets who have not been professionally published. The winner will receive $1,000 cash, publication, and fifty copies of their book.


Winner, contest judge, and finalists are also featured in a public reading in New York City, co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Winning volumes are published on a revolving basis by the University of Georgia Press, the University of Pittsburgh Press, and Graywolf Press.


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