Zócalo Public Square Is Accepting Entries for Its Eighth Annual Poetry Prize

We’re Looking for Verse That Best Evokes Connection to Place

Since 2012, the Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize has been awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. “Place” may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary, or metaphorical landscape.

Like everything else we feature, we are most on the lookout for that rare combination of brilliance and clarity, excellence, and accessibility. Please take a look at our winning entries from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The winning poet …

More In: Prizes

Charles Jensen Wins Zócalo’s Seventh Annual Poetry Prize

In ‘Tucson’, the Clouds Have Hands, a Snake Writes Cursive, and the Tree Has Arms

Zócalo Public Square’s daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to connect people and ideas, exploring our shared human condition and the world we’ve made. In that spirit, we …

Announcing Zócalo’s Sixth Annual Poetry Prize Winner

Congratulations to Matt Sumpter, the Author of ‘No World,’ This Year’s Best Poem About Place

Zócalo Public Square’s daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to shed light on critical issues that explore our shared human condition and ask questions about how we navigate …

Princeton Sociologist Mitchell Duneier Wins the 2017 Zócalo Book Prize

Ghetto Investigates the History of a Word, a Place, and an Idea That Has Shaped Our Cities and Culture

Mitchell Duneier, author of Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea and a sociologist at Princeton University, is the winner of the seventh annual Zócalo Book …

Announcing Zócalo’s Fifth Annual Poetry Prize Winner

Congratulations to Matt Phillips, the Author of ‘Crossing Coronado Bridge,’ This Year’s Best Poem About Place

Zócalo’s daily ideas journalism and free public events aim to shed light on critical issues that explain our shared human condition and ask questions about how we navigate through the …