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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 Pick-A-Title, Vol 14 - Tristich - Poetry Contest

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Tristich poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2020
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Shantelle Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Occasional Poetry Poetry Contest

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Verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Cecelia Hopkins-Drewer


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest She Inspires Series - Lm Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Maureen McGreavy


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Free Verse On Love Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lu Loo


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Does Anyone Care Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
47 poems of the maximum 75 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Sonata Lyrics Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: James Edward Lee Sr.


What's In A Number Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, February 29, 2020
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Juliet Ligon


Pantoum Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Abecedarian Contest Poetry Contest

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Abecedarian poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, March 7, 2020
34 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Lines To Awaken Your Muse Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, March 15, 2020
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Flower In The Crannied Wall Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, March 16, 2020
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


N-A Rerun 5 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Poe-Etic Verse Poetry Contest

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Verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


All Things Can Tempt Me Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Beth Evans


Good Bad And Special About You Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, March 19, 2020
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


Writing Prompt - Ten Words Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart


Your Favorite Legend Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, March 21, 2020
7 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Picture Prompt Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, March 22, 2020
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


Poetic Lines From A Poetry Soup Poet - Maria Williams Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Strand No 690,(See My Note) Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020
23 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Warning Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Richard Lamoureux


Gif Your Best Anything Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
0 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: William Kekaula