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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: Soul Consciousness

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 09, 2016
91 poems of the maximum 100 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Catie Lindsey


  Contest: Last Line Prompt - 2

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 18, 2016
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


  Contest: Recitation Poetry Contest

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, June 20, 2016
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Team PoetrySoup


  Contest: Summer Solstice

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2016
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Shadow Hamilton


  Contest: On Golden Pond

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


  Contest: Glass Art - Haiku -read the attached rules-

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, June 22, 2016
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: SKAT A


  Contest: Traditional Tanka

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 23, 2016
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Charlotte Jade Puddifoot


  Contest: Personal Memories Monorhyme II

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 23, 2016
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


  Contest: Lyrics II - The Black Crowes

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


  Contest: Feeding the Ducklings

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


  Contest: Make Their Jaws Drop

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, June 05, 2016
64 poems of the maximum 75 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: FJ Thomas


  Contest: Slipping Away

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 11, 2016
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Becca Teagan


  Contest: Get your Dr. Seuss on!

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, June 12, 2016
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: The Seeker


  Contest: Musical pantoum

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


  Contest: I DREW A BLANK - Poetry contest

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, June 15, 2016
26 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


  Contest: Pen A Sonnet On It

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 16, 2016
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Janis Thompson


  Contest: A Father is...

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, June 17, 2016
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri-Carroll


  Contest: Animus-Anima Part II--Animus

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 18, 2016
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tom Quigley


  Contest: Universal Acrostic Collaboration

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


  Contest: Boogeyman

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 23, 2016
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nayda Ivette Negron


  Contest: Gren's Evergreens (Golden Oldies) # 3

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 23, 2016
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Teppo Gren


  Contest: My Cousin Chaos

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, June 23, 2016
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Davey


  Contest: Christian Poems

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, June 24, 2016
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Christy Teas


  Contest: The Five Word Challenge

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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, June 25, 2016
0 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Timothy Hicks


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