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 Hutinashro - My First Contest Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, June 22, 2018
33 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Connor Lotts


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Summer Rain Storm(2) Spencerian Stanza Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2018
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dale Gregory Cozart


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest 2018 World Cup Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, July 16, 2018
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Toney


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Ventriloquist Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, July 16, 2018
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausen


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Angels In The Rain Poetry Contest

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Quatrain poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Vermillion Scythe


8 Mile Style Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nick Trim


The Puzzle Of My Rhyme - Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, June 23, 2018
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings- Dear Heart


Tips For Modern Poetry To Budding Poets Of All Ages - Poetry Contest

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Prose poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, June 23, 2018
22 poems of the maximum 60 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Fairy Tale Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, June 24, 2018
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Alexis Y.


Active Soul And Mankind's Self-Righteousness Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
27 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Catie Lindsey


Haibun Poetry Contest

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Haibun poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mick Talbot


Pleiades Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Rhyme Time 4- 10 Lines Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, July 8, 2018
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


Qualities You Admire In Friends -- Prizes From First Through Third Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, July 9, 2018
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Carolyn Devonshire


Grens Evergreens # 4 Cilla Black Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, July 9, 2018
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Teppo Gren


Poem Of Poems Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


New Constanza Poems Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, July 12, 2018
6 poems of the maximum 60 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Eight Word Challenge-7 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, July 13, 2018
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Magicicada 13 Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2018
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maureen McGreavy


Juneteenth Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2018
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Why Are There Stars Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, July 15, 2018
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Duets: I Shall Collaborate With You Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, July 17, 2018
2 poems of the maximum 36 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: James Edward Lee Sr.


Distant Shores Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, July 18, 2018
32 poems of the maximum 38 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Robert Haigh


Nineseventeenpm Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, July 19, 2018
2 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


My Muse, Mortal - Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, July 19, 2018
2 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden


Pure Childlike Fun And Enthusiasm Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, July 19, 2018
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger