Bordighera Press publishes italianità in North America from literary works to scholarship on migration and Italian diasporas.

Founded by Fred Gardaphé, Paolo Giordano, and Anthony Julian Tamburri in 1989, Bordighera Press is a nonprofit publisher specializing in the latest research and critical works; new voices in poetry and prose; and reprinting significant contributions in the fields of migration, Italian diasporas, and Italian Americana.

The 2022 edition of the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize will be judged by George Guida, Maria Famà, and distinguished judge Kathleen Ossip. The prize promotes the literature of the Italian diaspora and is open to poets of Italian descent writing poetry in English. The winning poet will be awarded $1000 and Bordighera Press will publish the manuscript, along with a standard royalty contract.

Quality poetry in any style and on any theme is sought.


  • Original English work only; no translations.
  • Manuscripts will be judged anonymously. Do not include your name anywhere in your manuscript file or file name. Only provide your contact info in your Submittable profile and cover letter. Any manuscript with identifying information will be removed from consideration.
  • All manuscript pages must be numbered and include the title of the poem, if any.
  • The completed manuscript should range from 48 – 75 pages (on standard 8.5 x 11 inch paper, 12 pt Times New Roman, single-spaced except between stanzas with no more than one poem to a page though a poem may run on to more than one page).
  • Poems included in the submission may have appeared in literary magazines, journals, anthologies, or other such collections. Include an acknowledgments page, if applicable.
  • Poems previously published in a single-author book should not be included.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted; please notify us immediately should a manuscript be accepted for publication elsewhere.
  • Electronic submissions through Submittable only.
  • Entry Fee: $20. Multiple manuscripts may be submitted; each manuscript must be accompanied by a separate entry fee.

VIA: Voices In Italian Americana is seeking critical and creative works that reflect on two sides of identity: experience and tradition. Experience explores what it means to be between two cultures, two ways of life, two habits, two languages, two genders, two heritages, two selves. Tradition reflects on particular customs, cultural touchstones, and figures that have come from Italy and/or have grown out of traditionally Italian American neighborhoods.

Submissions are open to all individuals. VIA accepts fiction, essays, poetry, critical studies, creative nonfiction, visual work, and all that delves into these facets of identity.

Note: Manuscripts should be formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style. Prose submissions are limited to 5000 words; poetry should not exceed five pages.

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