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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 Month Of The Year I Like Most Poetry Contest

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Villanelle poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, July 18, 2020
33 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mohan Chutani




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest My Faith Poetry Contest

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Haibun poetry form only.

Deadline: Wednesday, August 5, 2020
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Regina Riddle


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Lipogram Poem Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, August 10, 2020
18 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


The Uncontest Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
25 poems of the maximum 75 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Biaanco


Pick-A-Title, Vol 19 - 4 Sapphic Stanzas - Poetry Contest

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Sapphic stanza poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, July 21, 2020
25 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh




A Contest About A Goddess Or God - Not The God Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Thursday, July 30, 2020
31 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


A Song Of Hope Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, August 8, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: John Hamilton


First Line Prompt - 3 Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

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


Andaree - 11 Lines Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

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


Decaying House Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
20 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Constance La France


Haibun - Pick Your Theme Poetry Contest

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Haibun poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, August 13, 2020
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Line Gauthier


Share Your Blessings Poetically Poetry Contest

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Abecedarian poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2020
4 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Beata Agustin


Strand Completely New (10),Any Form,Any Theme Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2020
24 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


If This Was My Last Poetry Contest Poem Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, August 14, 2020
6 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


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