Marie Howe

Poetry Unites Short Essay Contest

Marie Howe

You are invited to enter the first New York State “Poetry Unites” short essay contest!

This contest is open to all New York State residents for the best short essay (no longer than 600 words) about your favorite poem.

After a successful six-year run in Europe, the Poetry Unites contest, inspired by Robert Pinsky’s Favorite Poem project, has come to New York State.

Marie Howe, the New York State Poet (appointed by Governor Cuomo under the sponsorship of the New York State Writers Institute), and Corinne Evens, a philanthropist, in co-ordination with the Academy of American Poets, the New York State Writers Institute, and the New York State Office of Cultural Education, are pleased to announce a contest for the best short essay about a favorite poem. The contest is open to all New York State residents.


  • The four winners of the main prize will be featured in short film profiles, which will be placed on the Academy of American Poets website, New York State Library website, New York State Writers Institute website, and may be broadcast in the USA by Public Television.
  • All winners will be invited to NYC gala in October 2014. The invitation will cover travel expenses within New York State.

Submissions should be made electronically, and should be emailed to The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.

More information and complete contest guidelines can be found at the Writers Institute website.