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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 Colour Of My Heart Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, December 28, 2018
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Christmas Tree Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, December 28, 2018
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Shadow Hamilton


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Winter Wonderland Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, December 31, 2018
8 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest The Webcam Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, January 12, 2019
0 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Word Vision Poetry Iv Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, December 12, 2020
30 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Vermillion Scythe


Charlie's Cartoon Characters Curiously Careen And Crusade Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Shape Poem Poetry Contest

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Shape poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, December 13, 2018
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


Punny Holiday Pies Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2018
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Michelle Faulkner


Tribute To Native Culture Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, December 15, 2018
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


My Youth Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, December 26, 2018
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


Let 'Er Rip #2 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, December 30, 2018
13 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


Christmas Cheer Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, December 30, 2018
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Would You Still Love Me Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


A Sad Christmas - December 2018 Writing Challenge - Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, January 3, 2019
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart


The Park Bench At Christmas Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019
34 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sara Kendrick


Charlieku 3-3-3 Poetry Contest

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Haiku poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, January 6, 2019
13 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


Funny Reindeer Limerick Poetry Contest

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Limerick poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, January 7, 2019
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


Make Me Actually Lol Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter


Last Letter To My Beloved Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Standard Contest 145,Any Form,Any Theme,Upto A Max Of 20 Lines Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Movie Magic Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
0 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden