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 Contest Number 1 - An Acrostic Incorporating A Quatrian Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018
29 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Savannah Brown


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Sour Grapes Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mark Massey


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest New Sonnets Only Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, September 16, 2018
10 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Premiere Contest No 170,Any Theme,Any Form,Upto A Max Of 20 Lines Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, September 17, 2018
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Word Vision Poetry Iii Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, December 2, 2018
31 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Vermillion Scythe


Add A Stanza To My Poem Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
27 poems of the maximum 60 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


Rondeau Poetry Contest

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Rondeau poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, August 24, 2018
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Fool Me Once Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, August 26, 2018
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


Take Me To Your Leader Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


A Rattling Rhyme Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 29, 2018
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter


Rhyme Time 6 - Verses Of Metaphors Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, September 8, 2018
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Laura Loo


Wolves And The Moon Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, September 9, 2018
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


The Haunted House (Scare Me Or Make Me Laugh) Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart a.k.a. Broken Wings


A Litany Of Poetic Devices Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, September 13, 2018
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Eight Word Challenge-8 Poetry Contest

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


Proverbial Monoku Poetry Contest

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Monoku poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, September 15, 2018
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Carol Connell


Pick A Theme Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, September 15, 2018
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Viv Wigley


Haiku Captcha Poetry Contest

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Haiku poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, September 20, 2018
30 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: harry horsman