Guidelines for Submission to
The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry

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  Manuscripts must be previously unpublished.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 should be typed, with pages consecutively numbered. Clear photocopies are acceptable. 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.

3.  When sending by mail, please submit the manuscript as loose pages held only by a removable clip or rubber band and enclosed in a standard file folder. Do not staple or bind your manuscript. Online submissions should follow guidelines posted on Tampa Review Submission Manager.

4.  Printed entries should include a separate title page with author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available). Online submissions guidelines are posted.

5.  Entries must include a table of contents and a separate acknowledgments page (or pages) identifying prior publication credits.

6.  Submissions must be postmarked (or 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.

7.  Include a nonrefundable handling fee of $25 for each manuscript submitted. Make check or money order payable to “University of Tampa Press” when sent with mailed submissions. Online submissions are not complete until this fee has been sent using any major credit card via our secure online service. (A small processing fee is added to online submissions.)

8.  The winning entry will be announced in the subsequent summer. Enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard for notification of receipt of manuscript, and a stamped, self-addressed envelope for notification of contest results by mail. No manuscripts will be returned; the paper will be recycled. Online submissions will be acknowledged by email. All contestants enclosing SASE or email address will be notified following the final selection of the winning manuscript.

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.

Manuscripts should be mailed to:

TAMPA, FL 33606-1490
Or click here to submit online

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and Presses (CLMP) 
Contest Code of Ethics

“CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to (1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; (2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and (3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.”