• Master class with Taylor Mali. Photo by Pat Swain.

The “On Teaching” Poem Prize

The Academy for Teachers offers the “On Teaching” Poem Prize in partnership with the Academy of American Poets, the largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry. This unique prize encourages poetic expression about the rich experience of K-12 teaching and is awarded annually. The winning poem earns a $1,000 prize and is published in the Academy of American Poets’ popular Poem-a-Day series and on Poets.org. A finalist is also chosen and awarded $500.

Submissions for the 2020 contest will be accepted starting in Fall 2019. For guidelines and more information, click here.


2019 Contest

The judge for the 2019 “On Teaching” Poem Prize was Academy of American Poets education ambassador Richard Blanco.

Dante Di Stefano, first prize for “Prompts (for High School Teachers Who Write Poetry)”

Dante Di Stefano received a PhD in English from Binghamton University. He is the author of Ill Angels (Etruscan Press, 2019) and Love Is a Stone Endlessly in Flight (Brighthorse Books, 2016). A poetry editor for DIALOGIST, Di Stefano lives in Endwell, New York.

Jonathan Farmer, finalist for “Haw River Meditation”

Jonathan Farmer is the author of That Peculiar Affirmative: On the Social Life of Poems (Stephen F. Austin, 2019) and the poetry editor and editor in chief of At Length. He teaches middle and high school English and lives in Durham, NC.