The 2020 Poetry Society of Virginia North American Book Award


The book of poetry submitted must be the work of a single author, at least 48 pages long, and published in 2019 by an established press. Manuscripts, videos, CDs, chapbooks, and self-published books are not eligible, nor are books that have won awards. It is expected that the book will contain both new and previously published poems.

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

Click here to download Entry Form

Submission Period

Please send three copies of the submitted book to Sofia Starnes between October 15, 2019 and January 15, 2020 (postmark dates) at the following address:

Sofia M. Starnes
4951 Burnley Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188

Final Judge: Henry Hart, Virginia Poet Laureate


The winner will receive a $500 monetary award, a plaque, and recognition at the annual Spring Poetry Festival of the Poetry Society of Virginia.


$25 for members of the PSV; $35 for non-members (includes one-year membership to PSV)
Payment may be made by check or through PayPal via

Questions: Click here to contact Sofia Starnes.