Announcing the 10th Annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize

Awarded Annually to the Poem that Best Evokes Connection to Place

Zócalo is delighted to announce that we will begin accepting submissions for the 10th annual Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize on November 1, 2020. The deadline for entries will close on January 29, 2021.

Since 2012, Zócalo has awarded the prize annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. “Place” may be interpreted in many ways, be it of historical, cultural, political, or personal importance; the landscape may be also be literal, imaginary, or metaphorical.

As with everything else Zócalo features, we are on the lookout for that …

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