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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 Christmas Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, December 18, 2020
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Regina McIntosh




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest On Your Marks, Naturally, Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, December 25, 2020
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Liberum Divisa 3 Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 26, 2020
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden


Lay November Poetry Contest

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Lay poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 5, 2020
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: William Kekaula


What Have You Kicked Off On Your Bucket List Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, December 5, 2020
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke




Quintain-Sicilian Poetry Contest

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Quintain (Sicilian) poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, December 7, 2020
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Pick-A-Title, Vol 25 - Rhyme 2 Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 12, 2020
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Winds Of Change -Sonnet Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Double Tetractys 6 Poetry Contest

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Tetractys poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


Out On A Lim Poetry Contest

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Limerick poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 19, 2020
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Pen A Pantoum Poetry Contest

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Pantoum poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 19, 2020
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: D.W. Rodgers


Make Me Laugh With Some Humor - Any Form - New Poems Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
29 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


Shape Up Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Than-Bauk Me Poetry Contest

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Than-Bauk poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, December 24, 2020
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


The Last 1 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, December 24, 2020
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Biaanco


Any New Acrostic About Nostalgia Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, December 24, 2020
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Acrostic Play 2 Holiday Version Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, December 25, 2020
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Where Do We Poets Go? Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, December 25, 2020
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Maradona Obituary Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, December 25, 2020
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mohan Chutani


It Is What It Is..............Or Is It??? Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


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

Cash or Prize Contests

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