Our submissions period opens Nov 1st. We encourage poets who have submitted before and new poets who have not ever submitted anywhere.  Each and every entry is read by the judge, we use no editorial filters.

$1000 First Prize 

    $500 Second Prize     

          Honorable Mentions 


Named in honor of the first Irish poet to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Yeats Poetry Prize has been awarded to poets of all ages and backgrounds since 1994 by the WB Yeats Society of NY. The winning entries of past years along with the judges' reports are available at YeatsSociety.nyc.


Deadline: February 1, 2023  Unpublished poems in English up to 60 lines on any subject and style. Each poem will be judged separately and read anonymously.  Poems can be submitted electronically here or via postal mail addressed to the WB Yeats Society of NY, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003. 

Entries via the two methods will be treated equally except that entries sent via postal carrier must arrive by February 4; we advise mailing  postal submissions by January 15 or earlier if submitting internationally.  If submitting by mail, submit poems typed on an 8½ x 11-inch sheet without author’s name; attach 3×5-inch card(s) with name, address, telephone, e-mail. Include a check with the entry fee made out to the WB Yeats Society of NY. $15 for the first poem and $12 each additional poem. 

There are no limits on the number of poems that can be submitted. Announcements will be made on the Society's website in mid-March. Include SASE with postal entries to receive a copy of the report by mail. Winners and honorable mentions receive plaques and two-year Yeats Society memberships, and are honored at a ceremony in New York (pandemic permitting). Authors retain rights, but permit the Society to publish and/or broadcast winning entries.

WB Yeats Society of NY