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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
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Ir0nic ZiNk


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: SHOOTING BLANK VERSE

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016
35 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: RIVER LINE New Guidelines

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


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: COME AND FIND ME IN MY SOLITUDE

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, January 01, 2017
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mystic Rose


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: CONTEST 245 any form,any topic max of 10 lines

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, January 04, 2017
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Epic

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


  Contest: Take The Dagger From My Heart, Please - 3 (NA's from September, October, November 2016 Contests)

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, December 06, 2016
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


  Contest: What's in a name

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 09, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Viv Wigley


  Contest: Three Choices Plus Two Which Equals Five Or I Haven't Got a Clue

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, December 10, 2016
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sara Kendrick


  Contest: Quote Prompt II

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 18, 2016
17 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
36 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
12 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
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


  Contest: WAKE UP WITH COFFEE OR TEA CONTEST

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, December 29, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


  Contest: Pleiades G

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 30, 2016
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Merryman


  Contest: Quote Response

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


  Contest: Flirt

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


  Contest: ZANY

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, December 31, 2016
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Frank Herrera


  Contest: Toxic State

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, January 01, 2017
22 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
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Massey


  Contest: Point of No Return

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, January 05, 2017
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nicola Byrne


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