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Award to a USA Poet for a Book-Length Poetry Manuscript Translated to English from Spanish

Ambroggio Prize

GrantWatch ID# 202813
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Academy of American Poets
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/15/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Award of $1,000 to a USA poet for an original book-length poetry manuscript that has been translated from Spanish to English. The winning manuscript may address any topic and be composed in any style. The purpose of the award is to highlight and support Latinx literature.

The Ambroggio Prize is a publication prize given for a book-length poetry manuscript originally written in Spanish and with an English translation. The winning manuscript is published by the University of Arizona Press, which is nationally recognized for its commitment to publishing the award-winning works of emerging and established voices in Latinx and Indigenous literature, as well as groundbreaking scholarship in Latinx and Indigenous studies.

Poetry Criteria:

  • To be eligible for the prize, the manuscript must be originally written in Spanish and accompanied by a translation in English. Poets may translate their own work or collaborate with a translator who may or may not be a poet. The poet and translator must share the prize.
  • Poems may have been previously published in periodicals or chapbooks, but the collection must not have been previously published, including self-publications and e-books.
  • The original manuscript in Spanish must contain original poetry by one poet. There are no restrictions on the style of poetry or subject matter.
  • The original manuscript in Spanish must be between 48 and 100 pages, typed single-spaced, unless the poems are meant to be presented using nonstandard spacing. Multiple poems may not appear on a single page.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Any poet who meets one of the below criteria on the date of the submission deadline, in any given year, is eligible:
- U.S. Citizen
- Resident of the United States for the ten-year period prior to the submission deadline, or
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Legal Permanent Status (LPS), or any subsequent categories designated by the U.S. authorities as conferring similar enhanced status upon non-citizens living in the United States.

Please note: By law the Academy of American Poets must report cash prizes awarded to individuals to the Internal Revenue Service. If individuals have a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), the individual will receive a 1099. If the individual does not have an SSN or ITIN, the individual will receive a 1042 and could be subject to a withholding of a percentage of the cash prize.

Poets are not eligible to apply if they have studied with the judge in full-time accredited courses within the last three years.

Works translated into Spanish from another language are ineligible.

Pre-Application Information
Submissions are accepted September 15, 2022 through February 15, 2023 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time).

The winner will be announced in September 2023.

An applicant is only allowed one submission per year.


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All correspondence concerning the contest should be addressed to the Academy of American Poets and sent to

Academy of American Poets
75 Maiden Lane, Suite 901
New York, NY 10038

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