The $59,000 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship: Apply Now for 2019

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$59,000 annually to a 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-born 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.

The amount of the prize money is adjusted each year for inflation. In the case of there being two winners, each will receive the full amount. The award is paid in quarterly instalments, beginning before departure to allow the winner to make travel arrangements.

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 Unpublished poets should provide a sample of their work of up to 40 typed pages.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. Applications must be submitted via mail (email and fax are not accepted). 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 Gina Coletti via or phone 617 248 4729.

The 2018/19 scholarship attracted 256 applications and the winner was Molly McCully Brown.  McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017. Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Crazyhorse, The New York Times, Pleiades, Ninth Letter, Kenyon Review, Image, Colorado Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.

Applications for the 2018/2019 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship close on Monday 15 October 2018 and hard copy applications must be received by the administering law firm by this date. The successful recipient will be announced in March 2019. For full entry details visit the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship website.