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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 A New Abracadabra Poem Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, May 31, 2021
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest A Time For Nine Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
30 poems of the maximum 39 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Michelle Faulkner


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Giving Godly Grace Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, June 11, 2021
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Regina McIntosh


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Religion Or Spirituality Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, June 13, 2021
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Unseeking Seeker


Judge Not Lest Ye Be Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, May 20, 2021
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John lawless




Rhyming Couplets Poetry Contest

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Couplet poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, May 23, 2021
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Janice Canerdy


Spring Or Summer Diamante Poem Poetry Contest

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Diamante poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, May 24, 2021
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Quitters Never Win Poetry Contest

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Limerick poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Margarita Lillico


Summer Love Sonnet Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Workshop: Inviting The Muse Poetry Contest

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Quatrain poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
5 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Jack Webster


Planet Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
23 poems of the maximum 55 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Matt Caliri


The Most Beautiful Flowers You've Seen Blossoming This Spring So Far Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021
12 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: M. L. Kiser


A Tribute To Fathers Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: L MILTON HANKINS


He Gave Her A Book Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, June 11, 2021
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mystic Rose Rose


Blue Hole Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, June 11, 2021
9 poems of the maximum 37 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Biaanco


Choose Your Form 2 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, June 13, 2021
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


We See What We Want To See Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, June 13, 2021
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Daniel Turner


This Or That, Vol 3 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, June 13, 2021
2 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


All Yours (May 16) Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
16 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Surprise Me Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


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

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 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