The Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize/ How to Apply (Prize: $2,000)
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The Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize/ How to Apply (Prize: $2,000)

The Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize is now accepting applications.

A prize is given by the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a resident of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica University.

The Submission Deadline is August 31, 2023.

the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

Eligibility for the Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

  • There is no entry fee.
  • Poetry must be published in New York
  • Entries must be in English

Submission Guidelines 

  • Send completed entry form, a brief CV listing creative and scholarly accomplishments, and two (2) copies of the work to: Gary Leising, Utica University, School of Arts and Sciences, 1600, Burrstone Road, Utica, NY 13502
  • Submitted work must be a book of poems in English, at least 48 pages long, published between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 by a resident of Upstate New York. Collections by more than one author, “collected” or “selected” volumes, collections of translations, self-published works, and vanity press publications are not eligible.
  • Winner must agree, upon contest entry, they give permission for portions of the winning work to be reproduced for publicity; and
  • to, at a mutually agreeable date in April 2024, 1) receive the award in person, 2) give a reading at Utica University, and 3) meet with students in a master class.
  • All books entered in competition will be donated to the Utica University library and the Utica Public Library.


The winner gets $2,000

For best poetry collection published by an Upstate author.

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