The Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Prize

Franciscan University Press is accepting 48-100 page manuscripts during August 2018 for its Jacopone da Todi Poetry Prize.  We want work which reflects a disciple’s heart. Please submit your manuscripts, contact information, acknowledgements, and biography. The Press will be reading submissions from August 1-31, 2018.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Deadline: Entries must be sent by email to the editor and co-editors (see addresses below) or postmarked and sent to the Franciscan University Press by August 31, 2018. Manuscripts submitted to the contest will be read and judged anonymously.
  2. Open to any poet writing in English, age 18 or older, regardless of publication history.
  3. Individual poems in the manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Poets must own rights to all poems submitted. Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  4. Translations are not eligible.
  5. Send 48-100 pages of poetry—any style or theme—with a table of contents and an acknowledgements page for any previously published poems.
  6. The page count does not include the table of contents or acknowledgements.
  7. Email submissions are preferred. Emailed submissions should include the author’s name on the last page only. 
  8. If submitting by hard copy, the submission must be typed with each poem beginning on a new page, each page numbered, and have the following information included on a separate title page:
    1. contest title,
    2. manuscript title,
    3. author name,
    4. address,
    5. telephone number,
    6. email (if available).

    It is important that your name and contact information not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.  Please also include a flash drive or CD-ROM with an electronic copy of the manuscript.

    The submission can be sent to:

    The Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Prize
    ℅ David Craig, Poetry Series Editor
    Franciscan University Press
    1235 University Blvd.
    Steubenville, OH 43952


  9. Contestants may submit more than one manuscript, but a title page must accompany each manuscript.
  10. Receipt of manuscript will be acknowledged by email if submitted electronically.  If submitted in hard copy, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Manuscripts will not be returned, and all manuscripts will be recycled at the end of the contest.
  11. Winner and finalists will be announced in early 2018 on our website. For mail notification of contest results, please include a self-addressed and stamped envelope. If no manuscript is judged worthy of the prize, the prize will not be awarded.
  12. The winning author will receive 20 copies of the manuscript.
  13. Email submissions are strongly preferred and should be sent to:



2016 Jacopone Da Todi Poetry Book Prize Winner

The Short List of Certainties, a collection of poems on beauty, love, tragedies, and kindness by Lois Roma-Deeley  


2017 Jacopone Da Todi Poetry Book Prize Winner

I am no battlefield but a forest of trees growing by Elvis Alves 

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