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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.

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Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Bees

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Shadow Hamilton


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: What Is Society?

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2016
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Ir0nic ZiNk


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Premiere Contest number 13

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: SKAT A


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Stink

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausen


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Scare Me Good

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016
30 poems of the maximum 53 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tom Arnone


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: CONTEST NO 212 any form-theme max of 16 lines .

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: True Love Waits - 2 English Sonnets

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, November 17, 2016
9 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Phillip Garcia


  Contest: My imaginary restaurant

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 04, 2016
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


  Contest: Brenda (Alliterative Poem)

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


  Contest: Movie Mania - Romance

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, October 13, 2016
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nicola Byrne


  Contest: IF I SHOPPED FOR MY SPOUSE LIKE I SHOP FOR MY AUTOMOBILE

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, October 13, 2016
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Cindi Rockwell


  Contest: Bye Bye Becca

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Jerry T Curtis


  Contest: Write me a song

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, October 19, 2016
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


  Contest: Overgrown With Vines

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, October 22, 2016
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


  Contest: Three Style II

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, October 22, 2016
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


  Contest: COLORIZE THE CLASSICS

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2016
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


  Contest: Lament a Tanka - See My Example

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Rick Parise


  Contest: Pantoum poem

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


  Contest: Your greatest fear

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2016
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lewis Raynes


  Contest: Goodbye

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2016
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nayda Ivette Negron


  Contest: Your Last Janky Experience

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, November 04, 2016
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tanis Troutman


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