Amy Award

Poets & Writers presents the Amy Award each year to recognize promising women poets, age 30 and under, living in the New York City metropolitan area or on Long Island. Winners receive a modest honorarium and give a reading in New York City. The award was established in 1995 by Paula Trachtman and Edward Butscher of East Hampton, New York, in memory of Ms. Trachtman's daughter, Amy Rothholz, an actor and poet.

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016 AMY AWARD. Download the guidelines and application instructions here. The application deadline is June 1, 2016. Please read the eligibility guidelines and application instructions carefully.

The 2014 Amy Award recipients were Jerie Choi, Alexandra Smyth, Lindsay Stern, and Jeannie Vanasco. Read excerpts from their winning entries. (The Amy Award was not offered in 2015.)

2014 Amy Award Winners
Above: winners Lindsay Stern, Jerie Choi, Jeannine Vanasco, and Alexandra Smyth at the 2014 Amy Award Reading at the New York Society Library.
Photo by Albert Chau.

Read News and Notes from Past Winners

Past Winners

  • Desiree Bailey
  • Emily Barton
  • Genevieve Burger-Weiser
  • Lisabeth Burton 
  • Jerie Choi
  • Alexandra Cordera 
  • Rio Cortez
  • Caitlin Doyle
  • Dorene Evans
  • Hafizah Geter
  • K. D. Henley 
  • Shannon Holman
  • Ava Hu
  • Sarah Ruth Jacobs
  • Courtney Kampa
  • Simone Kearney
  • K. Morgan Keenan
  • Eugenia Leigh
  • Amanda Lichtenberg
  • Nabila Lovelace
  • Shireen Madon
  • Kerry Ann Minto
  • Annabelle Moseley
  • Idra Novey
  • Stella Padnos 
  • Alison Roh Park
  • Cecily Parks 
  • Prudence Peiffer
  • Shabnam Piryaei
  • Frances Justine Post
  • Hila Ratzabi 
  • Jendi Reiter
  • Christie Ann Reynolds
  • Anne Marie Rooney
  • Jessica Saffer 
  • Mrigaa Sethi
  • Laurie Siegal 
  • Alexandra Smyth
  • Jessica Max Stein 
  • Leigh Stein
  • Lindsay Stern
  • Tamara Tiska
  • Jeannine Vanasco
  • Alexandra Wilder
  • Wendy Wisner
  • Jenny Xie