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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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Free Verse Fever - A - Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Lu Loo


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Strict Rhyme And Meter Challenge Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
22 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Son of Spock


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest English Sonnets Poetry Contest

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Sonnet poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2020
26 poems of the maximum 65 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest What Are Your Wishes Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, February 8, 2020
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Arbitrium Divisa 6 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Your Best 2019-2020 Villanelle Poetry Contest

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Villanelle poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, March 7, 2020
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: William Kekaula


Whitman-Inspired Uplifting Poetry, Old Or New Poetry Contest

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Ode poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020
28 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Carolyn Devonshire


Jump Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, January 21, 2020
21 poems of the maximum 50 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Sheri Fresonke Harper


Christmas Pantoum Rhyme Poetry Contest

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Pantoum poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
13 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Eve Roper


Second Chance Contest Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, January 23, 2020
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Richard Lamoureux


Who Flips Your Trolley Poetry Contest

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Monoku poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2020
32 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Bobby May


Picture Prompt Poetry Contest

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Free verse poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 4, 2020
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


What's In A Name Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Juliet Ligon


Cityscape Poetry Contest

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


Writing Prompt- Let's Write A Lento- Poetry Contest

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Lento poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020
9 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Dear Heart


Twist My Tongue Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020
19 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Nina Parmenter


Pick A Title, Vol 13 - Lyric - Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Distant Refrains Poetry Contest

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Quatern poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, February 11, 2020
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Joseph May


Dear Heart Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
29 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Resolutions Poetry Contest

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Acrostic poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Matt Caliri


When And Then Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, February 13, 2020
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Jenish Somadas


Polarities And Paradoxes Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, February 15, 2020
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


The Meld Of Muses Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, February 15, 2020
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


Eight Word Challenge 1 2020 Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2020
3 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


Oh-No A Twisted Char-Lay Poetry Contest

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Lay poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2020
1 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: charles messina


Strand Any Form Any Theme Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2020
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand