2021 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Submission COVID-19 Update

At the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards, we are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has created obstacles and setbacks for publishers, presses, and poets alike, many of which may make the submission process to the Awards more difficult. We are working hard to make sure your submissions can reach us.

Unfortunately, our judging process requires that we still receive hard copies of entries and we cannot accept e-books or other digital versions. However, we are happy to accept submissions and their entry forms separately, but ask that entry forms include a note that the books will be sent separately.

We have also experienced delays in our process. Should you need a brief extension on the July 1 postmark deadline, please send us an email at tufts@cgu.edu. We look forward to reading your submissions!

2021 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

The work submitted must be a book published between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Manuscripts, CDs, and chapbooks are not accepted.

2021 Kate Tufts Discovery Award

The work submitted must be a first book of poetry published between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Manuscripts, CDs, and chapbooks are not accepted.

Other Requirements

A completed 2021 Entry Form must be completed and submitted by the July 1, 2020 deadline.

Eight copies of the book, along with the completed 2020 Entry Form, must be postmarked by July 1, 2020, and mailed to:

Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards
Claremont Graduate University
160 E. Tenth Street, Harper East B7
Claremont, California 91711-6165

Book copies will not be returned. Once received as a submission for one of the Tufts Awards, the book copies are the property of Claremont Graduate University.

A work may be submitted for either award only once, although the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award may submit another work in a later year for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Work must be original poetry written originally in English by a poet who is a citizen or legal resident alien of the United States.

The work may be submitted by its author or, with the poet’s consent, by a publisher, agent, or other representative.

Previous winners of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award are not eligible.

Poets who wish to be eligible for the awards must agree at the outset to:

  • Grant permission to reproduce portions of the work honored in publicizing the award.
  • Attend the awards presentation in April 2021.
  • In the case of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner, spend, within six months of the award presentation, one week in residence at Claremont Graduate University for lectures, workshops, and poetry readings in Claremont and greater Los Angeles.

For further questions or inquiries, please see the frequently asked questions or contact us: tufts@cgu.edu or (909) 621-8974.