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Poetry Contests | No Entry Fee

Below is a list of free online poetry contests for 2018 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 All 'Dim Ones And Zeros- A Programming Contest Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, October 28, 2018
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brahn Bailey


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest The Dog Days Endure Poetry Contest

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Rubaiyat poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Soap Opera Titles Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, November 2, 2018
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Janis Thompson


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Trying Something New Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, November 11, 2018
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Halloween Night Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest One Word Wit Style Poetry Contest

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Shape poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maureen McGreavy


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Three Wishes Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018
18 poems of the maximum 36 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kevin Shaw


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Seasonal Or Unseasonal Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, November 22, 2018
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Andaree Poem Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2018
6 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


A Poem Of Reaction Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, October 28, 2018
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


In Response To If.... Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 8, 2018
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Creative Conformity Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 8, 2018
15 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


Remembering The 1980'S Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, November 12, 2018
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Michelle Faulkner


One Of The Seven Deadly Sins Poetry Contest

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Choka poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Zen Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Six-Word Couplet Series Encore Poetry Contest

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Couplet poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018
27 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Toney


What Did God Do On The Seventh Day? Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 15, 2018
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Curtis Moorman


Tell Me A Story Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


What Gobsmacks, Bamboozles And Confuses Me Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, November 21, 2018
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Late Ocober 2018 ,Any Form,Any Theme,Upto A Max Of 20 Lines Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 22, 2018
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Rainbows Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, November 22, 2018
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish