Cash, publicity and hardback book publication await the winner of a new
poetry prize from UT Press.
The Tampa Review Prize, open to both new and previously published writers,
includes a $500 cash award and publication of the winning original manuscript.
In addition, the winner will receive national publicity and royalties on book
sales. Selected poems from the manuscript also will be showcased in an issue of
"This is an exceptional opportunity for poets and for the University of Tampa
Press," said Richard Mathews, director of the UT Press. "This major prize will
offer national and international distribution of a hardcover book for the
author, and it will mean a significant and highly visible new literary presence
for the Press."
The Tampa Review Prize was established through a donation from Michael and
Tiba Mendelsohn. Dr. Michael Mendelsohn, Professor Emeritus of English at UT,
served as chairman of the English department, as well as academic dean during
some 29 years at the University.
Book-length poetry manuscripts are being accepted now and through the end of
the year, Mathews said. They will be read anonymously by the judges, so each
submission must include two title pages, one with the author’s name and address,
and one without author information. A processing fee of $20 also must accompany
each manuscript submitted.
Anyone wishing to enter should request complete guidelines by sending a
self-addressed stamped envelope to The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry, University
of Tampa Press, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. The postmark deadline
is December 31, 2001. The winning entry will be announced by March 31, 2002, and
publication of the book will follow in fall 2002. The information also is
available on the Tampa Review Web site, tampareview.ut.edu.
For more information, contact the Office of Public Information at firstname.lastname@example.org.