The Walt Whitman Award brings first-book publication, a cash prize of $5,000, and a one-month residency at the Vermont Studio Center to an American who has never before published a book of poetry. The winning manuscript, chosen by an eminent poet, is published by Louisiana State University Press. The Academy purchases copies of the book for distribution to its members.
The 2014 judge for the Walt Whitman Award is Rae Armantrout.
It's worth noting that Matt Rasmussen's 2012 award winning Black Aperture, is a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry!
You'll find everything you need to know, including a list of previous winners, at the Academy's website here.