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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 Non-Dual Awareness Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, August 14, 2022
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Unseeking Seeker




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Strong Emotions Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
44 poems of the maximum 75 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Start Sleuthing Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Natasha L Scragg


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest First Person Villanelle Poetry Contest

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Villanelle poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2022
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: L MILTON HANKINS


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Simile Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, September 3, 2022
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Hilo Poet




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Doctor Strange Spells Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, September 4, 2022
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Robert James Liguori


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest As I Dream Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, September 4, 2022
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mystic Rose Rose


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest A Brian Strand Premiere Choice Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, September 7, 2022
26 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest The Epiphany That Changed Your Life Forever Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, September 8, 2022
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest A Kyrielle About Water Poetry Contest

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Kyrielle poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, October 7, 2022
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Rhyme Rumi Quote Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, August 12, 2022
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sotto Poet


Gymnopedie No 1 Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, August 21, 2022
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


Your Thoughts On Blackberries Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, August 27, 2022
26 poems of the maximum 45 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Matt Caliri


Let Your Muse Be Inspired - R Form Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Constance La France


This Or That, Vol 13 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, September 1, 2022
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Dr Harold Shipman Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, September 2, 2022
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joe Maverick


Childhood Nostalgia Poetry Contest

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Tanka poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, September 4, 2022
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: JCB Brul


Dazzling Dizzy Diamante Poetry Contest

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Diamante poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, September 4, 2022
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Poetry Soup Beyond Its Name Poetry Contest

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Name poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, September 8, 2022
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Beata Agustin


To Honor My Hero Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2022
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anoucheka Gangabissoon


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

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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 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

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