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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 Keen Observation I Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, August 24, 2020
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Funom Makama




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest In Honor Of Charles Wesley Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kim Rodrigues


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Tail Rhyme Stanza Poetry Contest

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Tail-rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, August 27, 2020
17 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Emile Pinet


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Be Inspired Poetry Contest

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Enclosed Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, August 30, 2020
21 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Regina McIntosh


Is a Premiere Poetry Contest It Sucks Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, September 5, 2020
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Kai Michael Neumann




Is a Premiere Poetry Contest Rithimus Divisa 4 Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, September 6, 2020
14 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Gregory R Barden


A Song Of Hope Poetry Contest

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Lyric poetry form only.

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


Haibun - Pick Your Theme Poetry Contest

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Haibun poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, August 13, 2020
31 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
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Beata Agustin


Same Old Song Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, August 16, 2020
30 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Beth Evans


Back To Life Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Friday, August 21, 2020
29 poems of the maximum 75 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Anthony Biaanco


Pareidolia Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, August 24, 2020
15 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: craig cornish


Craziest Time At The Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
17 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Caren Krutsinger


Let's Minichu On An Innocent Childhood Memory Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Thursday, August 27, 2020
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Mohan Chutani


Heart Truth Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Monday, August 31, 2020
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Chantelle Anne Cooke


Pick-A-Title, Vol 21 - Dizain - Poetry Contest

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Dizain poetry form only.

Deadline: Friday, September 4, 2020
10 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Edward Ibeh


Inflictions Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, September 5, 2020
8 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Silent One


Nature Rhyming Poetry Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Saturday, September 5, 2020
11 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brenda Chiri


Strand Completely New (18) ,Any Form,Any Theme Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Saturday, September 5, 2020
27 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Brian Strand


Favourite Poem In Rhyme From July 2019 Poetry Contest

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Rhyme poetry form only.

Deadline: Sunday, September 6, 2020
26 poems of the maximum 40 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Julia Ward


All Pets Go To Heaven Poetry Contest

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Deadline: Sunday, September 6, 2020
0 poems of the maximum 35 allowed have been entered.
Sponsored by: Constance La France


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