Poetry Contest

The Department of English, Sandhill Review, Lightning Key Review and the Sandhill Writers Retreat are sponsoring a poetry contest to commemorate Saint Leo University’s 125 Year Anniversary.


  • The poem should commemorate the 125th anniversary of Saint Leo University and may reference some aspect of SLU history—poets are encouraged to refer to Pioneer College and to Saint Leo University Chronicles.
  • One poem per person, 300 words or less; any form.
  • All poems should be submitted as attachments via email to sandhillreview@gmail.com; Submit the poem copy as a word doc. The page must be without identification. In the body of the email, include your full name, poem title, contact information and affiliation with Saint Leo University.
  • Entries that do not follow the guidelines will be automatically disqualified.
  • Open to all SLU faculty, staff, students and alumni on campus, DL and COL, and centers.
  • Poems judged anonymously based on handling of the theme, craftsmanship, and creativity.
  • Judges will include members of the English Department, SLU Board of Trustees and a representative from the President’s office. (Judges may not participate in the contest.)
  • Deadline for submissions is midnight, September 15, 2014; winners announced October 20, 2014.

First, Second and Third Place winners, with possible honorable mentions, will recognized during the Founders Week celebration; winning poems will also be placed on plaques at a place of recognition on campus such as the library, on the 125th anniversary web page and included in Sandhill Review and Highlights in History.

For more information, please contact Gianna Russo, instructor of English and editor in chief of Sandhill Review, at (352) 588-8282 or gianna.russo@saintleo.edu.