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NCTE Poetry Award Application for Committee Members

NCTE established the Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 1977 to honor a living American poet for his or her aggregate work for children ages 3–13. In addition to selecting a poet every two years, the Committee compiles an annual list of Notable Poetry Books and Notable Verse Novels published in the current year by any poet, living or deceased, and of any nationality.

Membership of the Poetry Award Committee:

  • Chair of the Committee (serves 2 year appointment)
  • Seven members representing various regions of the United States and professions (academic, classroom teacher, librarian, etc). Members serve a 3 year appointment with 2-3 new members selected each year.
  • Current Committee

Expectations and responsibilities of the Poetry Award Committee members:

  • Current NCTE member
  • Participate in all activities of the committee during the year including online discussions
  • Attend the NCTE Annual Convention during the three years of membership on the committee
  • Present at the NCTE Annual Convention during the Poetry sessions
  • Attend the Children's Book Awards Luncheon during the NCTE Annual Convention when the Poetry Award winner is recognized and announced
  • Read all poetry books received in consideration for the notable book and notable verse novel lists
  • Write notable book and notable verse novel annotations for Language Arts and submit by deadline established by Chair

Committee members may be removed at any time during the three-year appointment if s/he does not fulfill the expectations and responsibilities stated above.

To be considered for membership on the Poetry Award Committee, please submit the following:

  • Application form
  • Current vitae or resume
  • One example of a book annotation, book review, or evaluative comments about a recent fiction book. This example should be written by the applicant.

Application Deadline: December 1


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