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Free Poetry Contests

Poetry contests are an excellent way for aspiring poets to showcase their talent and get recognized for their work. These contests, listed below, offer a platform for poets to share their creative expressions with a broader audience and gain feedback from experts in the field. It's an excellent opportunity to challenge oneself, improve one's writing skills, and win prizes and accolades. Whether you're an amateur poet or a seasoned professional, there are plenty of poetry contests that cater to all levels and styles. So why not try it and see where your words can take you?

About PoetrySoup Poetry Contests

Below is a list of free online poetry contests that you can enter right now. They are managed by PoetrySoup Premium Members. Poetry contests are held every day, and anyone can enter. All competitions are free; 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 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 to see more of your poems).
  5. The entrant’s name, address, e-mail, and phone number must not appear in the poems.
  6. Do not identify yourself in your contest entries.
  7. The poet’s name should not appear anywhere in the poem field.

How to Win

  • Enter the contest early. A contest closes when the number of allowed entries is reached, or the deadline passes.
    Study the past winners of a contest sponsored by that member
  • Before entering a contest, have your poem critiqued in the High Critique Forum
  • Objectively and critically review your poem
  • Enter a lot of contests. The more contests you enter, the better your chance of winning one.

List of Current Contests

Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Senryu's 3 Rhymed By 3 Unrhymed Poetry Contest

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Senryu poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Hilo Poet




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Sonnet-Lipogram Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, May 2, 2024
23 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Glenn Hughes Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, May 16, 2024
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Robert James Liguori


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest To Which Image Should We Cling Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2024
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Unseeking Seeker


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest No 1303 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2024
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest To The Tune Of... Cruella Devil Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, May 31, 2024
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Natasha L Scragg


Vo Dee Oh Doe Poetry Contest

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Dodoitsu poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Maestro Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2024
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Craig Cornish


Reverse Graffiti Poetry Contest

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Other poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, May 5, 2024
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Suzette Richards


Confidence, Clean Air, Confluence, Clash Of Civilizations Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sotto Poet


Ephemera Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2024
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Di11y Da11y


The Life Acrostic Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, May 17, 2024
26 poems of the maximum 105 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Matt Caliri


Zen, Zinnia, Zephyr Words Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, May 19, 2024
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Constance La France


Tell Me About Your Hobby In 8-20 Lines Of Rhyme Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2024
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


Modern Version Psalms 23 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, May 21, 2024
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Miranda Hawley


Mirror Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, June 8, 2024
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sara Kendrick


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Types of Contests Available

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 a contest
  • 1st place winners will have a trophy next to their poem on the website

Standard Contest

  • Rules determined by the contest sponsor
  • The number of winners and how they place are determined by the contest sponsor

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