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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

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  • 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 A Realistic Hillary Clinton Poem (It Is Not Positive) Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Michael Wegman


Verses Of Metaphors 3- Rhyme Or Free Verse Only Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lu Loo


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Swap Meet Poetry Contest

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Quatrain poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, April 20, 2019
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Carol Connell


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Intensity Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, April 25, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Urban Sonnet Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
8 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Baby Face What's You Thinkin 2.. Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: James Edward Lee Sr.


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Suddenly Swans Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, May 4, 2019
35 poems of the maximum 42 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maureen McGreavy


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Your Amphetamine Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausin


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Lets Have An Argument Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, May 12, 2019
25 poems of the maximum 36 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kevin Shaw


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Julian Assange Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kai Michael Neumann


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest April 2019 Premier 6,Any Form ,Any Theme ,Upto A Max Of 14( F O U R T E E N) Lines Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Bring On The Dancing Bears Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2019
24 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


Pick A Title, Vol.3 Alliteration Poetry Contest

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Alliteration poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Light Up The Page 4 Poetry Contest

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Lanterne poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Diminished Hexaverse Contest About Spring Poetry Contest

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Diminished Hexaverse poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, April 27, 2019
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


I’M Crushing On You Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
35 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julie Leigh Rodeheaver


2019 Poetry Marathon Qualifiers' Final Placement Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Toney


Quirky Tercets Poetry Contest

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Terza Rima poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter


Specificity In Poetry Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019
25 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sheri Fresonke Harper


Writing Challenge 1- April, 2019 - Its All About 8 - Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart


Lyric Contest - Shining Starlight Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, May 4, 2019
5 poems of the maximum 300 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Geraldine Taylor


Free Verse Or Rhyme Poetry In Its Beauty Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


An Epitaph To Make Us Laugh 2 Poetry Contest

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Epitaph poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, May 11, 2019
31 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Jesse Rowe


Notre Dame In The News Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2019
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


What Was Left Unsaid Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier