The Binghamton Center for Writers


Sponsored by the Binghamton Center for Writers-State University of New York
with support from the Office of the Dean of Binghamton University's Harpur College of the Arts & Sciences

Please Note: Due to Covid-19 and safety precautions, we are postponing the awards this year. Please check in for instructions and guidelines next year.

$1,000 Award for a book of poems written in English, 48 pages or more in length, selected by our judges as the strongest collection of poems published the previous year.

Contest Rules:

  1. Each book submitted must be accompanied by an application form.
  2.  Publisher or author may submit. Author needs to have a U.S. social security number for the prize to be awarded.
  3.  Publisher may submit more than one book for prize consideration
  4. Two copies of each book should be sent to:
    • Tina Chang, Director
      Creative Writing Program
      Binghamton University
      Department of English, General Literature, and Rhetoric
      Library North Room 1149
      Vestal Parkway East
      P.O. Box 6000
      Binghamton, NY13902-6000
  5. Books should be original work, not translations.
  6. Books entered in the competition will be donated to the contemporary literature collection at the Binghamton University Library and to the Broome County Library.
  7. Books must be received in the English Department by February 1 to be considered for the prize (please do not send entries before September 1). 
  8. Books cannot be returned.
  9. For a list of winners, include a stamped, self-addressed envelope labeled:
    • “Binghamton University Poetry Book Award.”
  10. Winners will be announced in Poets & Writers and the AWP Writer's Chronicle.