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Poetry Contests | No Entry Fee

Below is a list of free online poetry contests for 2020 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).
  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

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 A Red-Letter Day Rictameter Poetry Contest

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Rictameter poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: William Kekaula


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Your Best New Poem Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
62 poems of the maximum 80 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Memorial Of A Loved One Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, January 3, 2020
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Listening In Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest She Inspires Series Kh Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maureen McGreavy


Best Friend Sonnet Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 14, 2019
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Regina Riddle


Mcwhirtle Me Poetry Contest

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McWhirtle poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, December 14, 2019
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


Smell Sound Taste Touch Repeat Sense. Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sheri Fresonke Harper


December Or January Haibun Contest Poetry Contest

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Haibun poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, December 19, 2019
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Seagulls Poetry Contest

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Pantoum poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, December 20, 2019
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


In Praise Of God Poetry Contest

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Kyrielle poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, December 24, 2019
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Fave Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, December 28, 2019
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


The Metaphor Of Your Face Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, December 30, 2019
19 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless


Love Me Like You Mean It Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
35 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julie Leigh Rodeheaver


The Singing Elf Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, January 7, 2020
8 poems of the maximum 55 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Matt Caliri


Writing Challenge - December, 2019- I Want Christmas Poems - Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
36 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart - Wiishkobi Ode


Blue Dress Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Slausin


Your Favorite Animal Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, January 8, 2020
12 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory Paul


Pick A Title, Vol 12 - Diminished Hexaverse- Poetry Contest

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Diminished Hexaverse poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, January 9, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Open Me First Poetry Contest

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Italian Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


If You Have The Time For An Enclosed Rhyme Poetry Contest

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Enclosed Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, January 10, 2020
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Tania Kitchin


How Death Has Affected Me Poetry Contest

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Dizain poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, January 11, 2020
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lu Loo


Strand Special 2 Any Form,Any Theme Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Your Best Sonnet July-December 2019 Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Kissing Contest Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, January 12, 2020
0 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Bobby May