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Poetry Contests | No Entry Fee

Below is a list of free online poetry contests for 2019 which are managed by international poet Premium Members. Poetry contests are held every week 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!

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).
  • Entrant’s name, address, e-mail and phone number must not appear on the poems.
  • Do not identify yourself on your contest entries.
  • The poet’s name should not appear anywhere in the poem field.

How to Win

  • 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

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 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

List of Poetry Contests

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Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Free Verse On Love- 10 Words- Pick A Prize Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lu Loo


A Positive President Trump Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
41 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausin


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Enclosed Rhyme Poetry Contest

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Enclosed Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
26 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Sundial Wisdom Poetry Contest

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Personification poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, February 28, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Pithy Pants 2 Poetry Contest

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Light Verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maureen McGreavy


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Songbirds Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, March 10, 2019
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Reflect That Emotion Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Gardens Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Who Is The Star In Your Avatar Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Massey


A Fairy Tale For Children - New Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, February 23, 2019
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


Eight Word Anniversary Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, February 24, 2019
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Michelle Faulkner


Poem Titled Saudade Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, February 24, 2019
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Hobbies Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julie Leigh Rodeheaver


Limerick 4 Poetry Contest

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Limerick poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Seven Things You Would Save If Your House Was On Fire Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, March 2, 2019
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


School Time Crush Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Faraz Ajmal


Writing Challenge, Feb 2019, Roundel Form- Poetry Contest

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Roundel poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart


Tell Me- What Do You See-- Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: James Edward Lee Sr.


A Tritina For Messina Poetry Contest

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Tritina poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


Creativity In Visual Arts Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


I'm Always Right Here Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2019
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


Anyone Game? Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, March 15, 2019
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Carol Connell


Standard Contest 180,Any Form,Any Theme,Upto A Max Of 20 Lines Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, March 17, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand