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$60,000 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 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 Unpublished poets should provide a sample of their work of up to 40 typed pages.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617 248 4729.
The 2019/20 scholarship attracted 295 applications and the winner was Anne Pierson Wiese. Pierson Wiese is the author Floating City which won the 2006 Walt Whitman Award. Wiese’s is graduate of the New York University Graduate Writing Workshop and her work has been widely published including in Prairie Schooner, Atlanta Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattapallax and Hawai’i Pacific Review.
Applications for the 2020/2021 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship close on Tuesday 15 October 2019 and hard copy applications must be received by the administering law firm by this date. The successful recipient will be announced in March 2020. For full entry details visit the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship website.