Are you an American-born poet who would like to spend a year travelling abroad? If so, then the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship might just be your perfect opportunity.
The Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship awards approximately US$54,000 annually to poet to spend one year outside North America, in whatever place the recipient feels will most advance his or her work.
The scholarship is open to all American poets, whether their work has been published or not (though recent recipients have been published poets). There are no age restrictions and poets do not need to be enrolled at university or college.
Applicants must complete an application form (PDF) and there is also the option of providing a brief CV. Unpublished poets should provide a sample of their work of up to 40 typed pages. Published poets can supply one printed volume plus 20 typed pages of their most recent work. There is no entry fee.
The scholarship is administered by the trustees of the will of Amy Lowell at the law firm of Choate, Hall and Stewart in Boston. Enquiries should be directed to the Trust Administrator Laura Reidy via firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617 248 5214.
The 2015/16 scholarship attracted 417 applications. The winner was Will Schutt. Schutt is the author of Westerly, winner of the 2012 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in The Yale Review, The Harvard Review, AGNI, The Hollins Critic, and The New Republic.
Applications for the 2016/2017 scholarship close on 15 October 2015. The successful recipient will be announced in February 2017. For full entry details visit the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship website.