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Empty accounts (accounts with no poems, comments, and fav poems/poets, etc. associated with them) are deleted after 6 months to conserve database space for your free website.

Member Poems: 526817 | Member Poets: 27431 | Famous Poems: 24902 | Famous Poets: 5654

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FAQ Answers

Account Information - back to top
Login and go to the Member Area. You will see a change password link there.

To delete your account and poems:

  1. Login
  2. Go to the Member Area in the left navigation.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page to the Other Account Information section.
  4. Click the Delete / Close My Account link.
You can have your username and password emailed to you from the Recover Login Information page.
Login to PoetrySoup and click the My Personal Info link in the left navigation or  Member Area.
Please check your email SPAM folder and make sure PoetrySoup emails are not blocked by your SPAM folder.

Maybe YOU have their name. There are over 23,000 poets on PoetrySoup and many poets have the same names. Hopefully your last name isn't "Smith", "Gupta", "Patel " or "Jones".

Comments - back to top
The "Eye" feature allows you to block certain poets from commenting on your poetry if they are being malicious or cruel. (Constructive criticism is OK on PoetrySoup). Just login and click the next to the poet’s name and comment to block a malicious member. You can then view a list of your “banned/blocked” poets from the Member Area.
Be active in the community. Comment regularly on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.
Currently, the only way to reply to comments is to send SoupMail - if they have that feature enabled. To do this, click on their name next to the comment and look for the Soup Mail icon . You can reply to a poet privately if they have enabled this feature. The Soup Mail icon is on their poem list page or any page with their poem on it.

Contests by Members - back to top
  1. Submit/post your poem on PoetrySoup
  2. Go to the Poem Contest page:
  3. Click on the “Enter Contest” image for the contest you want to enter.
  4. Select which poem, from your list, you want to enter in the contest.
Use the My Member Contest Entries page in the Member's Area.

When finalizing a contest, you must properly fill in the “Finished Judging Contest on this Date:” field AND mark "Finalize Contest" as "yes". The finalized contest will not show up properly on the Contest Winners page until you do these two things.


Copyright - back to top
Copyright is automatic under U.S., and your poetry is inherently protected the moment it is created and put in tangible form (In a book or on PoetrySoup, etc.).

However, you may want to register a copyright if you wish to file a lawsuit alleging a copyright infringement. By registering a copyright, you are potentially entitled to greater damages if and when you go to court. Registration is not a condition of copyright protection.

Visit the U..S Copyright Office for more details.

Other - back to top
At this time, PoetrySoup in not involved in the publishing of anthologies or poetry books.
You can contact a poet via Soup Mail, if they have this feature enabled. Look for the SoupMail icon SoupMail Icon next to the poet's name wherever their poetry displays.
If you are a PoetrySoup Member who has published a book AND it is available on, you can feature it in the PoetrySoup store (up to three books per poet). Again, the book must currently be available on Just send us an email via the contacts page with the book’s ASIN/ISBN number AND provide a link to the book on We’ll do the rest. This is a FREE service provided to all Soup members.

We recommend Chrome.

Running a popular website like Poetrysoup is expensive. Our primary means of paying for these expenses comes from poets who make periodic donations to the website via Premium Memberships. Revenue is also generated by Google and other advertising.

Poems - Editing - back to top
AFTER you post your poem, edit it and use the center tag: <center> Your Poem </center> (other tags prohibited)
  1. Click the My Poems link in the left navigation.
  2. Click the poem title or "Edit" Link in the grid.

Poems - Featured - back to top
Not Always. Many times poems are featured because PoetrySoup considers them different or timely poems. Sometimes poems are featured for more ambiguous reasons or, because it's Premium Member week. Sometimes we feature active poets to encourage them.
Those who post a lot of poetry, actively comment on poems, and choose a poetic form are more likely to have their poetry featured. In addition, as we read contest entries we may choose select poems to feature.

The only guaranteed way to be featured is to become a Premium Member. Premium Members are guaranteed to have a poem featured at least once every two months.

Poems - Posting - back to top
N0! You must select a poem(s) to enter in the next contest from the My Poems page.
No, you cannot post poems on PoetrySoup that you have not written.
Yes, by posting your poetry on you give us the rights to reproduce your poetry online or in printed format. However, you (the poet) ALWAYS keep the copyright and own your poetry.
No! Poem ratings are just for fun and have no tangible value. PoetrySoup does not use them in calculations, rankings, or any computations.

In the past, if a poem was not rated, we added a default rating of "6". This was just a way to encourage poets. However, this old design has run its course and was changed January 11, 2011. Now, if a poem is not rated by a commenter, no value is used in the average. Thus, now, it is a true average rating by Soup members.

This was not a retroactive change, so any ratings received prior to January 11, 2011 will contain the old default values.
No, they cannot be retrieved. We only keep backups of our database for a week. The backups are only for major system losses. We cannot retrieve individual poems from those backups. That’s why we encourage all poets to keep their poems locally on their computers.
Unfortunately, if a technical glitch occurred on our end or yours during submission, a poem cannot be recovered. That’s why we recommend on the submission form to: “Write poems in a word processor first, then paste and format here.”

Technical glitches occur frequently on the internet. Please save your poem on your computer BEFORE posting it on PoetrySoup. Never write the poem in our submissions form. You can potentially lose it.
In the Member Area, there is a link at the top of the page that reads: This is a link to YOUR poetry on PoetrySoup. Click that link and send the URL or web address of that page to your friends.
This occurs when poems are pasted from certain programs. The line breaks are not included in the paste. You need to manually edit the poem and enter then line breaks where you want them.
It takes about one day, or so, for poems or new poets to show in the search results.

PoetrySoup - back to top

Privacy and Security - back to top
No. We do not release the personal information of individual poets. You can comment on their work or send Soup Mail Soup Mail Icon, and hope they respond.  Look for the Soup Mail icon Soup Mail Icon next to the poet's name wherever their poetry is displayed.
Yes. Please refer to our Privacy Statement for specifics.
The "Eye" Block Commenter feature allows you to block certain poets from commenting on your poetry if they are being malicious or cruel. (Constructive criticism is OK on PoetrySoup). Just login and click the next to the poet’s name and comment to block a malicious member. You can then view a list of your “banned/blocked” poets from the Member Area.
This technology is used to prevent automated SPAM programs
from sending SPAM emails, comments, or other unwanted data through PoetrySoup servers. It is used to help prevent criminals from harming PoetrySoup. This security measure called captcha (read about it here).

Registration - back to top
Please check your email SPAM folder and make sure future PoetrySoup emails are not blocked by your SPAM folder.
If your region is not listed, you must select '_Not Listed' as the Region and then enter you full address in the International address box.

Using PoetrySoup - back to top

PoetrySoup has been tested successfully on the following browsers: ChromeInternet Explorer, Opera, Safari (ipad), and FireFox. Other browsers may not be fully supported. We recommend Chrome.