Poetry Contest Entry Form

Enter your poem, using the poetry contest entry form below, for a chance to win up to $2,000 in cash and prizes! Our semi-annual contest awards 100 third-place poems, 20 runners-up, and one $2,000 grand prize.

You can submit a poem on any topic, employing whatever style you prefer. Check the Submission Guidelines on the right for the nitty-gritty details. For more information, read the official contest rules. Also, read the guidelines for poetry rating to get an idea of what our judges look for in a winning poem!

Enter The Prime Poetry Contest

Why Do We Need Your Address?

Since we notify winners (and send their prizes) by mail, we must have either a physical address or PO Box on file for each participant. Secondarily, semi-finalists are invited to publish their poems if they so choose, and proofs are sent by mail to ensure poems are printed properly, without error.

Who Are the Judges?

Contest judges are a well-rounded mix of editors and educators with extensive backgrounds in both writing and English literature. Whether MFAs in English or former professors, all judges have a broad knowledge of poetry, having either studied the discipline, taught it—or both.

What Are the Rules?

For a complete list of contest rules, please click below. View Rules