The Florentine poetry and short story competition

Stay in and write

Editorial Staff
March 10, 2020 - 20:00

World Poetry Day. March 25 is Dante Day. We’re into the irrefutable, indisputable writing season (and those of us who are in Italy can't go anywhere anyway until April 3), so could you really let P-Day and D-Day go by without penning some odes or stories of your own? We ask you to send us your verses and prose about Florence or Tuscany, your sonnets and tales on the joys and scourges of life in this city and region we love.





How to participate



The theme should be related to Florence or Tuscany and written in English, but is otherwise completely open. Submission is free. Poetry entries must between 11 and 50 lines. Short story entries must be no more than 1,500 words. The competition is open to anyone, except The Florentine’s editorial team and their families. Only original, unpublished work in English will be taken into consideration.



Entries should be submitted to [email protected] in an attached Word document file by April 3, 2020 (when we'll hopefully be released from quarantine), stating “TF literary competition” in the subject line. Please include your name and contact information in your email but not on the poem/short story. 


The winning entries will be published in an upcoming issue of The FlorentineThe Florentine reserves the right to publish submitted material in any medium (print, digital, e-book, etc.)


A reading will be held in Florence in the coming months (date and venue to be announced). All participants will receive a year’s digital subscription to The Florentine. Additional prizes will be announced shortly.

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