Amherst Live

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


The Amherst Live poetry prize is essentially about spoken poetry. This is one of several ways in which the prize is unique. Another is that the prize is awarded during the show itself, after the audience has heard the two final poems and indicated their preference. Finally, the poems are not read by the writers of the poems, but rather recited by a representative whom the writer has entrusted with this task. This arrangement ensures a collaborative element which is essential to Amherst Live. Ultimately, the award decision is in the hands of the audience. 

Prizes are for $150 and $200. Finalists will also be provided with two complimentary tickets to the show. They will be featured on the show, on the Amherst Live web site, on Amherst Live radio and TV broadcasts, and on Amherst Live promotional materials. Their work will be actively promoted, and (when available) published works by the poets will be made available to the audience for purchase.

There is no entry fee for this contest. 


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