Guidelines for Submission to
The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Hardback Book Publication • $2,000 Award
Selected Poems published in Tampa Review
We only consider submissions made online through our Submission Manager system; we no longer consider manuscripts sent by mail.
1. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified.
2. Manuscripts must be at least 48 typed pages; we prefer a length of 60-100 pages but will also consider submissions falling outside this range. Manuscript pages should be consecutively numbered.
3. Entries should include a separate title page with author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available).
4. Entries must include a table of contents and a separate acknowledgments page (or pages) identifying prior publication credits.
5. Submissions must be electronically dated online by the postmark deadline of December 31 annually. Simultaneous submissions are permitted, but the University of Tampa Press must be notified immediately if the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
6. A nonrefundable handling fee of $25 is required for each manuscript submitted. Submissions are not complete until this fee has been sent using any major credit card via our secure online service. (There is an additional small electronic payment processing fee.)
7. The winning entry will be announced in the subsequent summer. Online submissions will be acknowledged by email.
8. All entries receive a free one-year subscription (two issues, or one double-issue) to Tampa Review. (Mailed to any U.S. address; mailing outside U.S. can be arranged with a supplementary postage fee.)
9. Judging is conducted in accord with the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics by the editors of Tampa Review. Submissions are not accepted from current faculty or students at the University of Tampa. Editors will recuse themselves from judging entries from close friends and associates to avoid conflicts of interest.
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