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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 competitions are held every week. Any poet can enter and all poetry competitions are free. Enter as many contests as you want. You keep copyrights on all of your poems. Some 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: Crown of Couplets

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, July 30, 2016
22 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Catie Lindsey


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Make a poem *2

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, August 13, 2016
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Shadow Hamilton


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Create an Idiom

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2016
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Jesse Day


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: At The Footbridge

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, August 19, 2016
37 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Your Favorite Habit-Forming TV Show

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, August 20, 2016
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tom Quigley


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Crimson

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Royal Ninja


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest  Contest: Something Seemingly Insignificant and Unexpected Changed My Life

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
51 poems of the maximum 100 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Rita A. Simmonds


  Contest: Historical rivalry-Part 1- Leonardo vs Michaelangelo

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, August 09, 2016
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Marugu MO


  Contest: That rule was begging to be broken

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lewis Raynes


  Contest: If I could change the world

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2016
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Becca Teagan


  Contest: Backwards Poem

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


  Contest: Long lost family

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, August 18, 2016
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


  Contest: Anacreontic Verse 4

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, August 21, 2016
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ebbs


  Contest: Walking My Tiger Home

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, August 22, 2016
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: David Lindsay


  Contest: Change My Past

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nayda Ivette Negron


  Contest: Three Stanzas- Three Only

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, August 25, 2016
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


  Contest: New or Old 2

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, August 25, 2016
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


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