By: Alyssa Wilson
Amanda Gorman and publishing company Penguin Random House have created the Amanda Gorman Award for poetry.
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The award is a $10,000 prize to a public high school student for the best original composition, according to Penguin Random House. “I’m honored to be partnering with Penguin Random House on their poetry award for high school students,” Gorman said. “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.”
Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2021, until February 1, 2022. It is open to current public high school seniors in the United States and U.S. territories who are planning to attend a two or four-year college. Winners of the awards will be announced in June 2022.
Jen Logan, the President of Penguin Young Readers, said, “We are thrilled that her work will now be a further inspiration to student poets across America through the Penguin Random House Creative Writing Awards’ newly established annual Amanda Gorman award for Poetry scholarship competition.”
The award is one of five given by Penguin Random House for creative writing. The other awards highlight writers in the categories of fiction/drama, personal essay/memoir and the Maya Angelou Award for the spoken word.
Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. History who rose to fame after reading her original poem “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. The poem debuted as number one on The New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers lists, Penguin Random House reported. The 23-year-old Harvard University graduate was also the first poet on the cover of Vogue Magazine.