Submissions to the Catholic Poetry Room

Poetry Submissions

If you’re interested in having your poetry considered for the Catholic Poetry Room at, please e-mail your submission to secularcarmelite-poetryeditor AT yahoo DOT com after reviewing the guidelines below. Include your name, Website and any attribution for where the poem(s) previously appeared. Tim Bete is the poetry editor.

Please read other poems in the Catholic Poetry Room to get a feel for whether your poetry is a good fit.

Frequency: We publish 52 poems each year; one per week in the Catholic Poetry Room feature.

Audience: Catholics, many of whom are new to poetry

Guidelines: We accept both new and previously-published poetry and are looking for poems that are accessible to the average Catholic and show a strong connection between faith and everyday life, or break open Scripture in a new way for the reader. Many readers will not have read any poetry since high school. As you consider poems that might fit on the site, consider them through the eyes of someone new to poetry.

We prefer poets whose primary focus is faith-filled poetry.

There’s no compensation for poetry published on the site, although we will include a 200-word bio that includes a link to your Website. We can also include attribution for where the poem was originally published.

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About the Author

Tim Bete, ICL Poetry Curator To submit poetry to be considered for the Catholic Poetry Room, visit our submission guidelines page or

Tim Bete is Poetry Editor for and always searching for the best Catholic poetry from today's poets as well as those of the past.

Tim's poetry has appeared in Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, The Asketerion, and the Poet and Contemplative Blog of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (Province of St. Therese). His first book of poetry is The Raw Stillness of Heaven, of which one reviewer wrote, “If you are Catholic and think that you do not like poetry, this book will change your mind.”

Tim is former director of the national writers' workshop at the University of Dayton—a Catholic, Marianist university. He's a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS) and often trades poems with his oldest daughter, who is a Dominican Sister. He says she's the best writer in the family.

Tim's writing has also appeared in several editions of the Amazing Grace anthology series (Ascension Press), theChristian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest magazine, and numerous parenting magazines. His latest book is Wanderings of an Ordinary Pilgrim

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