Free Poetry Contests

Enter free poetry contests for 2018 (some for money or cash) are managed by PoetrySoup poet Premium Members. Poetry contests are held every week. Any poet can enter and all competitions are free. Enter as many contests as you want. You keep copyrights on all of your poems. Some poetry contests even have prizes! Go to the contests you can enter...

Submission Guidelines for Poetry Contests

  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 a Poetry Contest

  • 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.

Other Contest Links


The contests are below...



Poetry Contests

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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

Enter Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
29 poems of the maximum 42 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: James Edward Lee Sr.


Enter Contest

Deadline: Thursday, March 1, 2018
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Debbie Guzzi


Enter Contest

Deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018
28 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Enter Contest
Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: July Morning


Enter Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Enter Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


Enter Contest

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Catie Lindsey


Enter Contest

Deadline: Sunday, March 18, 2018
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Enter Contest
Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


Enter Contest

Deadline: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Contest: MINUANETTA
Enter Contest
Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, February 25, 2018
21 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden


Enter Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
36 poems of the maximum 300 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Geraldine Taylor


Enter Contest

Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
25 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


Enter Contest
Light Poetry poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, March 4, 2018
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Enter Contest

Deadline: Thursday, March 8, 2018
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nayda Ivette Negron


Contest: 88 Syllables
Enter Contest
Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, March 10, 2018
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Enter Contest

Deadline: Sunday, March 11, 2018
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


Enter Contest
Limerick poetry form only.

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


Enter Contest

Deadline: Sunday, March 18, 2018
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Robert Haigh


Enter Contest

Deadline: Friday, March 23, 2018
0 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward McCall


Enter Contest
Quintain (English) poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, March 26, 2018
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sara Kendrick