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UT Press Looking for a Few Good Poets

Published: August 01, 2001

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 Tampa Review.


"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,


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