Poetry Contests

Below are free poetry contests for 2017 (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...

How to Enter PoetrySoup 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

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Free verse poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 17, 2017
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kai Michael Neumann


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017
28 poems of the maximum 37 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: James Edward Lee Sr.


Is a Premiere Poetry ContestContest: POLAR BEARS
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Free verse poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry ContestContest: Klimt
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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, December 14, 2017
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausen


Is a Premiere Poetry ContestContest: Constanza
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Rhyme poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Vermillion Scythe


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maria Williams


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 24, 2017
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Bic Gi-Sa


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, November 26, 2017
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Debbie Guzzi


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Sonnet poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, November 30, 2017
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Michael Vacek


Contest: Photostory
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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, December 4, 2017
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


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Terzanelle poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


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Rhyme poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, December 7, 2017
29 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Broken Wings


Contest: AVATAR
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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 10, 2017
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, December 14, 2017
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Craig Hawkins


Contest: MY Winter
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Poetry Contest Deadline: Sunday, December 17, 2017
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Viv Wigley


Contest: HERO
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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, December 18, 2017
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
22 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julie Leigh Rodeheaver


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Lyric poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Tuesday, December 19, 2017
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Madison Demetros


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Thursday, December 21, 2017
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Contest: UNSAYABLE
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Free verse poetry form only.

Poetry Contest Deadline: Friday, December 22, 2017
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: nette onclaud


Contest: IT
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Poetry Contest Deadline: Saturday, December 30, 2017
5 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


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Poetry Contest Deadline: Monday, January 1, 2018
115 poems of the maximum 150 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Russell Sivey