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Free Poetry Contests

Enter free online poetry contests which are managed by PoetrySoup Premium Members. Poetry. Poetry contests are held every day 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! See Contest Submission Guidelines and more.

List of Current Contests

Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Quintain (Sicilian) Poetry Contest

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Quintain (Sicilian) poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021
12 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Fart-Tastic Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest A Lovely Memory Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Regina McIntosh


Your Best Sapphic Stanza Poetry Contest

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Sapphic stanza poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: William Kekaula


Why Am I Me? Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Shreya LN




Your Best Four-Line Light Verse, No. 2 Poetry Contest

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Light Verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, September 23, 2021
39 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: L MILTON HANKINS


The Avenue Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, September 26, 2021
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Cleritoons Poetry Contest

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Clerihew poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, September 27, 2021
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Frankenstein Tea Party 2021 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
36 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joe Maverick


Quietus-August 2021 Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, September 30, 2021
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Unseeking Seeker


Motto Matters Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021
30 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Natasha L Scragg


Merse - Beauty Of Fall Poetry Contest

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Verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, October 3, 2021
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Malabika Ray Choudhury


This Or That, Vol 7 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Hello September Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, October 11, 2021
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mystic Rose Rose


Islands In The Stream Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


Bite Size Poem No21 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, October 15, 2021
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Letter To Your Future Self Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, October 17, 2021
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Your Kryptonite Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, October 18, 2021
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Biaanco


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).
  5. 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 either the number of allowed entries is reached or the contest deadline passes.
    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 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