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Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred

A project of Center for Interfaith Relations


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The Center for Interfaith Relations is proud to sponsor the Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred, inspired by the legacy of Thomas Merton – poet, hermit, activist, artist and interfaith pioneer – whose life continues to inspire millions. Poetry has been called ‘the language of the soul’ and this annual contest encourages poets to awaken their reader to the deep meaning and beauty of life by reclaiming meaning in language. Poems are evaluated based on literary excellence, authenticity and spiritual tenor.

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Country of Publication

United States

Publication Media & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Poetry Temp Closed


Open to a broad Audience.

General General
Poem PoemNo line limits known.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.


Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.


Religion/Spirituality (General, Spirituality).

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem).
Note: We list broad pay categories rather than prize specifics. Check with the publisher for details.


Method: Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Unknown.
Simultaneous submissions: Unknown.
Multiple entries: Unknown.
Media: Text.

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Thomas Merton Prize in Poetry of the Sacred Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 15 reports from 14 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported7 min | 33.2 mean avg | 29.0 median | 52 max days (14.7 std dev)
Responses93.33 %
Acceptances0.00 % No publication has a 0% acceptance rate. This data is based on submission reports sent to Duotrope, and we have not received reports of any acceptances yet.
Rejections93.33 % (35.1 avg. days per rejection) | 0.0 % personal, 64.3 % form, 35.7 % unspecified
Non-Responses6.67 %
Never Responded-
Withdrawals6.67 % (7.0 avg. days per withdrawal)

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $15.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 06 Sep 2023.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 15 Aug 2023.

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Last Updated: 12 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 23 Jan 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 02 Feb 2016

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