This award is established in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. This award honors Tony Quagliano’s legacy as an experimental poet and editor. It recognizes an accomplished poet with an outstanding body of innovative, cutting-edge work pushing the boundaries of poetic craft, such as experimental approaches to form and/or language. This award also recognizes a poet who contributes meaningfully to a literary community. Preference is given to poets with connection to Hawai‘i and/or the Pacific.

The biennial Tony Quagliano Poetry Award is for $1000.

This award is established in partnership with the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities. The winner is featured on the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities website and invited to give a poetry reading and workshop with Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities within six months of receiving notification of the award.

Applications will be reviewed by a judge or a panel of judges.

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Eligibility and Application:

-Complete submissions must be received electronically by December 1, 2023.

-There is no entry fee.

-Applicants must be a resident of a US state or territory.

-Submissions must be in English.

-Applicants will be judged 75% on quality of published work and 25% on literary community involvement.

Poets must submit 3 pdf files as described below:

–20 pages of published or unpublished poetry (please do not include the name of the poet on any of these pages)

–A statement explaining the applicant’s work to build and strengthen a literary community (i.e., working with local community literary organizations, supporting other writers as a publisher/editor, organizing literary events, teaching or giving workshops in the community, advocating for underserved communities). The applicant’s name should not be included in this statement.

–To establish eligibility the applicant must submit a bibliography of at least 25 poems that have been published in journals, anthologies, chapbooks, or books (print or online). The citations should include the title and date of each source publication. No more than 5 poems should be from any one source. The heading for this bibliography should provide the name, address, phone number, and email address of the poet.

Submissions are by email:


The Tony Quagliano Poetry Award

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities

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