100 Days of Dante Poetry Contest

Sponsored by the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing with the Society of Classical Poets




100 Days of Dante is a collaborative resource aimed at educating readers and forming new readers of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Through videos that explore its literary, theological and spiritual significance, 100 Days of Dante hopes to inspire new and life-long readers to celebrate Dante’s enduring legacy. The resource is presented by Baylor University Honors College in collaboration with a number of other institutions and organizations.

As part of 100 Days of Dante, the Society of Classical Poets has joined together with the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing of Calvin University to offer this 100 Days of Dante Poetry Contest.



  • Submit one poem of no more than 30 lines inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy
  • No submission fee
  • Deadline: January 31, 2022
  • Winners will be announced at the close of the 100 Days of Dante in April 2022.


Submit here:




1st Place High School: $300

1st Place Collegiate: $300

1st Place Post-College: $300

Best Overall Poem: $500


Main Judges

Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, PhD is a professor, poet, and writer at Fordham University in New York City and serves as Associate Director of Fordham’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Her publications include two chapbooks and seven collections of poems, most recently, Andalusian Hours (2020)and Love in the Time of Coronavirus: A Pandemic Pilgrimage (2021). O’Donnell’s most recent manuscript, Holy Land, won the Paraclete Poetry Prize 2021 and will be published in 2022. In addition, O’Donnell has published a prize-winning memoir, Mortal Blessings (2014), and a number of works on Flannery O’Connor.

James Sale is a Dante enthusiast and has written about him for The Epoch Times, St Austin Review, and the Society of Classical Poets. His poetic tribute in terza rima—HellWard –received wide acclaim. Sale’s English Cantos website (https://englishcantos.home.blog) has 25+ contributors celebrating Dante in a variety of media.



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2 Responses

  1. Christo Dippenaar

    Where does an encouraging poem fit in?
    Where does a thanksgiving poem fit in?

  2. John Savoie

    Will the Dante contest likely be offered next year as well?


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