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Free Poetry Contests

Enter free online poetry contests which are managed by PoetrySoup Premium Members. Poetry. Poetry contests are held every day and anyone can enter. All competitions are free and you can enter as many contests as you want. You keep copyrights on all of your poems. Some poetry contests even have prizes! See Contest Submission Guidelines and more.

List of Current Contests

Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Ottava Rima Poetry Contest

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Ottava rima poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2022
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: L MILTON HANKINS




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Swap Quatrain Poetry Contest

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Quatrain poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2022
29 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Moon Knight Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, October 21, 2022
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Robert James Liguori


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Desire And Aversion Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2022
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Unseeking Seeker


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Merlin The Magic Cat Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, October 24, 2022
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mystic Rose Rose




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest 2022 Poetry Marathon Mile 15 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2022
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Toney


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest A Brian Strand Premiere Choice Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


The A's Have It Poetry Contest

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Verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, October 2, 2022
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Tragi Comedy Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, October 3, 2022
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joe Maverick


Pick-A-Title, Vol 32 - Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Anniversary Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2022
25 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sara Kendrick


A Flock Of Birds Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2022
29 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Chapter 1 Poetry Contest

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Narrative poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, October 15, 2022
14 poems of the maximum 55 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Matt Caliri


Your Second Chance 2Nd Submission: Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, October 16, 2022
28 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sotto Poet


A Haiku Collection Of Three - Nature Themed Poetry Contest

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Haiku poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


In Remembrance Of Connie -Autumn Theme Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2022
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Suzanne Delaney


Short Connie Tributes - How Did Connie Marcum Wong Inspire You Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2022
14 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Andrea Dietrich


Empathy Poetry Contest

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Monoku poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, October 27, 2022
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: JCB Brul


Writing Challenge - Past Memories - ''T'' Forms Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Constance La France


The Mystical Dream Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anoucheka Gangabissoon


Contest Submission Guidelines

  1. Submit your poems to PoetrySoup using the Submit Poems link at the top of any PoetrySoup page
  2. Return to the 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 (You may need to scroll see more of your poems).
  5. Entrant’s name, address, e-mail, and phone number must not appear in the poems.
  6. Do not identify yourself in your contest entries.
  7. The poet’s name should not appear anywhere in the poem field.

How to Win

  • Enter the contest early. A contest closes when either the number of allowed entries is reached or the contest deadline passes.
    Study the past winners of a contest sponsored by that member
  • Prior to entering a contest, have your poem critiqued in the High Critique Forum
  • Objectively and critically review your poem
  • Enter a lot of contests. Hey, the more contests you enter, the better chance you have of winning one.

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Types of Contests Available

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Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Premiere Contests

  • Stricter guidelines for contest sponsors as determined by PoetrySoup
  • One poem per place in a contest
  • 1st place winners will have a trophy next to their poem on the website

Standard Contest

  • Rules determined by the contest sponsor
  • The number of winners and how they place are determined by the contest sponsor

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