PSV North American Book Award

2022 Book Award Is Now Closed



The book of poetry submitted must be the work of a single author, at least 64 pages long, and published in 2021 by an established press. It is expected that the book will contain both new and previously published poems.


Manuscripts, videos, CDs, chapbooks, and self-published books are not eligible, nor are books that have already won an award, including a pre-publication award by the publishing press. However, the book may be under consideration for another award, and the result of other competitions will have no bearing on its eligibility for the PSV Award.


Books by poets who are members of the PSV Board of Directors, or who have close ties to the final judge (friends, family, students) are not eligible.


Submission Period


Please send three copies of the submitted book to Sofia Starnes between October 15, 2021 and January 15, 2022 (postmark dates) at the following postal address:


Sofia M. Starnes

4951 Burnley Drive

Williamsburg, VA 23188


Final Judge:  Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Virginia Poet Laureate, Emerita




The winner will receive a $1,000 monetary award and an invitation to read at the annual Spring Poetry Festival of the Poetry Society of Virginia, to be held in Williamsburg, Virginia.




$25 for members of the PSV; $35 for non-members (includes one-year membership to PSV).  Payment may be made in the form of a check to the Poetry Society of Virginia, sent with your submission, or using PayPal, through the PSV website.


Click link below for a downloadable entry form, which must accompany the submission.

You may also email Sofia Starnes, at to request an entry form or for further information.