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Poetry Contests

These free poetry contests for 2016 (some for money or cash) are managed by PoetrySoup poet Premium Members. Poetry contests are held every week. Any poet can enter and all competitions are free. Enter as many contests as you want. You keep copyrights on all of your poems. Some poetry contests even have prizes!

Types of Poetry Contests

Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Premiere Contests

  • Stricter guidelines for contest sponsors as determined by PoetrySoup
  • One poem per place in contest
  • 1st place winners will have a trophy next to their poem on the website

Standard Contest

  • Rules determined by contest sponsor
  • Number of winners and how they place are determined by contest sponsor

Other Contest Links

How to Enter a Poetry Contest

  1. Submit your poems to PoetrySoup using the 'Submit Poems' link above
  2. Come back to this poetry contest page
  3. Select a contest to enter and then click the Enter Contest button associated with the poetry contest you want to enter.
  4. Select your poem to enter by clicking the Enter Contest button.
  5. You may need to scroll see more of your poems.

Jump to a contest:

Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Privacy is like piracy yet copy cats are unlike authenticity

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2016
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Ir0nic ZiNk


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: RIVER LINE New Guidelines

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, December 27, 2016
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Rick Parise


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Epic

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, January 05, 2017
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Shadow Hamilton


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: IF I WERE AN ELEPHANT

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, January 05, 2017
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mystic Rose


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: CONTEST 247 any form,any topic max of 14 lines

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: In your head

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lewis Raynes


  Contest: Quote Prompt II

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 18, 2016
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


  Contest: Building Castles In The Sky

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 25, 2016
38 poems of the maximum 77 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Steven Henderson


  Contest: Respond to Rumi

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, December 26, 2016
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


  Contest: HO ho ho

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, December 26, 2016
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


  Contest: Quote Response

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 30, 2016
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nayda Ivette Negron


  Contest: Toxic State

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, January 01, 2017
35 poems of the maximum 75 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: FJ Thomas


  Contest: Two English Sonnets

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, January 04, 2017
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Massey


  Contest: Contest Forms - A

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, January 07, 2017
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


  Contest: Christmas Day

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, January 09, 2017
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Alexis Y.


  Contest: My Merry Christmas Party Pleiades Poetry Contest

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Andrea Dietrich


  Contest: What courage means to you

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


  Contest: THE TROIKA (Haiku with hooves)

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2017
1 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


  Contest: MY FONDEST MEMORY

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2017
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Frank Herrera


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