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Amanda Gorman and PRH have established a $10,000 prize for public high school poets.

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August 12, 2021, 11:43am

Exciting news for high school writers: Amanda Gorman and Penguin Random House have teamed up to launch the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry. The award will recognize a senior from a public high school for an original poem, and the winner will receive $10,000.

The Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry is one of five creative writing awards given by Penguin Random House, whose categories include fiction/drama, personal essay/memoir, and spoken word; current high school seniors who attend U.S. public schools and plan on continuing their education in fall 2022 are encouraged to apply. As of this year, the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards have awarded over $2.8 million to public high school students for their original writing.

This isn’t the first PRH/Gorman collab: both of Gorman’s books, The Hill We Climb and Other Poems and Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, will be published by Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Said Gorman, “I’m honored to be partnering with Penguin Random House on their poetry award for high school students. As someone who found my love of writing at a young age, I want to continue to foster that same love in the next generation of great poets.”

You can learn more about the Amanda Gorman Award for Poetry here.

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