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Poetry Contests

These free poetry contests for 2016 (some for money or cash) are managed by PoetrySoup poet Premium Members. Legitimate 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

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:

  Contest: Heroic Crown of Sonnets

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, July 01, 2016
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


  Contest: Animus/Anima--Part 1: Anima

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tom Quigley


  Contest: Haiku on "My Family"

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, May 30, 2016
39 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: marvin celestial


  Contest: "Just a Thin Blue Ribbon"

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 02, 2016
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Rita A. Simmonds


  Contest: Life On Mars

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 04, 2016
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Davey


  Contest: Hieroglyphs and Holograms

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, May 09, 2016
24 poems of the maximum 38 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausen


  Contest: Lyrics cliché image

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, May 14, 2016
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


  Contest: Listen To The Warm-Prose

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2016
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


  Contest: Preterition

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, May 16, 2016
31 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sara Kendrick


  Contest: DIG DEEP - RACE RELATIONS-CONFLICTS-COLONIALISM

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Marugu MO


  Contest: Write a Children's story short

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: The Seeker


  Contest: Gren's Evergreens (Golden Oldies) # 2

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, May 21, 2016
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Teppo Gren


  Contest: Lyrics II - The Black Crowes

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 02, 2016
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: rob carmack


  Contest: Within A Gilded Frame

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, June 03, 2016
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


  Contest: Feeding the Ducklings

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 04, 2016
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


  Contest: Tall Tales In Short Form

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 04, 2016
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Casarah Nance


  Contest: Memories

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, June 05, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nayda Ivette Negron


  Contest: Make Their Jaws Drop

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, June 05, 2016
6 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: FJ Thomas


  Contest: NOTHINGNESS

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, June 05, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


  Contest: Universal Acrostic Collaboration

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, June 20, 2016
4 poems of the maximum 144 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Steven Henderson


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