Poet and activist Carolyn Forché

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Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Carolyn Forché is the author of four award-winning books of poetry and winner of the 2013 Academy of American Poets Fellowship. She has received numerous fellowships, teaching and literary awards.

    A human rights activist for more than 30 years, Forché is working on a memoir about her years in El Salvador just prior to its civil war. Her fifth volume of poetry, In the Lateness of the World, is forthcoming.

    She is a professor of English and director of the Center for Poetry and Poetics at Georgetown University.

The Carolyn Forché Prize

for Humanitarian Poetry

$1,000 & Publication


James Adams
2007 Pulitzer Prize Nominee
Editor—No, Achilles (2015-16)
Editor—Against Agamemnon: War Poetry 2009
Peter Anderson
Literary Fiction Book Review Award (2015)
Alex la Guma Award (2013)

The Carolyn Forché Prize for Humanitarian Poetry is awarded for a poem on the theme of improving people’s lives or reducing suffering, especially widespread suffering. Examples of humanitarian poetry include poems about refugees, humanitarian aid, escape, rescue, war and conflict.

    The Prize winner and 10 finalists will be published in the upcoming 2018-2019 anthology, Elusions: Refugee Poems, to be published by WaterWood Press. Submissions begin March 15, 2018, and close August 15, 2018.

Download complete eligibility and submissions requirements: (LINK)