If you’re interested in having your poetry considered for the Catholic Poetry Room at IntegratedCatholicLife.org, please e-mail your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org after reviewing the guidelines below. Include your name, Website and any attribution for where the poem(s) previously appeared. Jeffrey Essmann 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.