Poetry Contests

Enter the poetry contests for a chance to win!Enter your poem for a chance to win up to $2,000 in cash and prizes! Our semi-annual poetry contests award a multitude of prizes to deserving poets. Your poem can be on any topic, using whatever style you prefer. There is no fee to enter our contests, so you have nothing to lose. Show us what you’ve got!

Monthly poem challenges offer fun competition throughout the year and are judged by you, the poets! Each month we will post a new challenge asking you to write and submit a poem based on a theme or style of poetry.

Don’t forget to review the contest rules for more detailed information about submissions. Also, read the guidelines for poetry rating to get an idea of what our judges look for in a winning poem!


National Amateur Poetry Competition

The National Amateur Poetry Competition is now accepting entries for our next contest. We encourage new and previously unpublished poets to participate. All qualified entries will receive notification of acceptance within a few weeks.

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The Poetry Nation Monthly Contest

The National Amateur Poetry Competition is now accepting entries for our next contest. We encourage new and previously unpublished poets to participate. All qualified entries will receive notification of acceptance within a few weeks.




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What Does It Take to Win?

Our winners’ backgrounds are as varied as the poems they enter. There is no set topic or style most likely to win. More than anything, prize-winning poems employ a number of poetic devices, including figurative language, vivid imagery, personification, alliteration, and irony, just to name a few. Poems describing everyday topics in creative, uncommon, and thought-provoking ways often grab our judges’ attention.


Contest Articles

To read more about previous contest winners, check out our contest articles under the News tab.

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