august, 2022

01augAll DayThomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred ContestContemplative poetry that seeks to connect with the sacredInternationalEntry Fee:$15 Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:500

Event Details

For over thirteen years, the Poetry of the Sacred contest has received thousands of submissions touching every aspect of spiritual life. Poetry has been called ‘the language of the soul’ and this annual contest encourages poets to awaken the reader to the deep meaning and beauty of a contemplative life. Poems are evaluated based on literary excellence, authenticity and spiritual tenor.

Our judges will select three honorable mentions to receive $100, and one winning poem to be awarded the $500 Thomas Merton Grand Prize in Poetry of the Sacred. The winning poems will be published in an upcoming issue of Parabola Magazine, an internationally recognized magazine devoted to the sacred.

Final poems will be selected in September and all applicants will be notified of the winning poem and three honorable mentions via email.  Announcements will also be made online and through the general Center for Interfaith Relations and Festival of Faiths email communications. The Center for Interfaith Relations’ mission is to celebrate the diversity of faith traditions, express gratitude for our unity and strengthen the role of faith in society through common action.

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