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Poetry Contest Listing


ABC Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a ABC poem. ABC poetry has five lines and often is used to express feelings. See the announcement for an example. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Today!
150 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 150 words. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
A Rainbow
Write a poem of any kind about a rainbow.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
3-5-3
Write a 3-5-3 poem on any subject. The only rule is to follow the 3-5-3 syllable count (first line has three syllables, second line has five, third line has three again).
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
"My Child Would Never Do That"
Write about a moment in your life when you found out your child or relative did something you never expected them to do. These are the stories our children tell us after they are grown up that we never knew. Ask your children, what did you do that I would have been shocked to know when you were younger. We couldn't have laughed about it then, but now, we would truly enjoy it.

Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Ghost Story
Write a Ghost Story. No limit on the word count.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Spooks have a sense of humor too!
Write a story (No word limit), choose one of these classic TV show -- The Munsters, the Adams Family or Bewitched. The issue is there have been some strange things happening at the kid's school. Such as items disappearing, children levitating to name just a couple of things.
You are there on behalf of the school to find out what's going on, and if the kids of the family your visiting is involved.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Overcomer
What was a time that you were faced with a problem that you overcame? Write about the problem and how you solved and overcame it.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Cinquain Poetry
Write an "Cinquain" poem for this contest. A cinquain poem is a poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: In 5 Days
Advice from a well known friend
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 6 Days
The Bucket List
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on your own bucket list items and why.
Deadline: Apr 28th
Soulbound
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 28th
3 Line Poetry Contest
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 28th
The Men (or women) who love me
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 29th
Love letter
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 29th
COFFEE romance
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 29th
Hawaii getaway
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 29th
Na-Po-Wri-Mo National Poetry Month
Any form of poetry is allowed as long as contestants write one poem each day. Any topic choice.

Suggestion to open a book where all the poems for the month can be find in one place.
Deadline: Apr 30th
Twelve days of christmas
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 30th
Narnia
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 30th
Dating romance
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Apr 30th


Loop Poetry Contest
A fun poetry type that requires you to use the last word of each sentence as the starting word of the next sentence. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 3rd
Multi-Form Madness
Write a piece using three different types of poetry. You may use any three of your choice and you may use more, BUT, you MUST use at least three. There are no other rules or restrictions.
Deadline: May 4th
Romantic flowers
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: May 8th
2-4-2 Poetry
Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllables. The subject can be anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 9th
One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 10th
150 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 150 words. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: May 11th
Mother's Day Poetry Contest
Show your appreciation to Mom with a poem. All forms of poetry accepted. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 13th
5-7-5 Poetry Contest
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 15th
Minute
Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: May 20th
Footprints
Write one chapter in a seven chapter book (no limit on length of chapter; however, it must be no shorter then 500 words. No sexual content, please.).


Deadline: May 20th
Share Your Story
A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life. But you can write about life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Write a piece of your life! Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: May 25th
Write a Crown of Heroic Sonnets
Refer to the contest announcement for the form description and example.
Deadline: May 26th
Four Line Poem
Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: May 28th
This Sentence Starts The Story
Write a story that starts with this sentence: I had my chance. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: May 31st


Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 1st
Free Verse Poetry Contest
Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jun 5th
Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 8th
5-7-5 Poem
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 12th
Flash Fiction Writing Contest
Write a flash fiction story that takes place during a hot summer night. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 16th
Faith Poetry Contest
The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jun 18th
True Story Contest
Share a memory from your life. Share a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 22nd
I Imagine
Write a poem that begins with the words "I Imagine" Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jun 24th
Tanka Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry with a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jun 28th


5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 3rd
Lune Poetry Contest
A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 7th
100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 8th
Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 10th
5-7-5 Poetry Writing
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 15th
Share A Story In A Poem
In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. We've included examples of this type of poetry storytelling in the announcement. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 20th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 25th
Haiku Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines? This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 30th
Halloween romance
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jul 31st
Romantic Getaway
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jul 31st


3 Line Poetry Contest
Write a poem that has three lines and a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. The poem must address a loved one. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 3rd
Love Poem Poetry Contest
Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be a humorous or a serious love poem. The choice is yours. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Aug 4th
Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 5th
75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 6th
Non-Fiction Writing Contest
We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction. It can be spiritual, political, or funny. Creative approaches welcomed. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 10th
Nonet Poetry Contest
Write a nine line poem for this poetry contest. But you must count syllables. The first line of your poem will have 9 syllables. The second line has 8 syllables and the 7th line has seven. This continues until your final line which has one syllable. This contest has a cash prize. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Aug 13th
Acrostic Poetry Contest
Write an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. View an example in the announcement. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 17th
Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 21st
20 Syllable Poem
For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 20 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose and choose the word count. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 20 syllables total. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 25th
Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 28th
Snorkeling
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Aug 31st


5-7-5 Poetry
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 2nd
Romance Writing Contest
Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don't necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 5th



This alphabet poem type has a unique format. Learn more about the ABC Poetry Contest.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the 150 Words Flash Fiction page.


This poetry type is fun to write and can be a challenge. Read the Mother's Day Poetry Contest announcement.


Write a horror story for the Horror Story Writing Contest.


A free verse poetry contest. Read the Free Verse Poetry Contest contest announcement.


Share a poem that is somehow about faith for the Faith Poetry Contest.


You only have 19 syllables and three lines to share a message. Learn more about the Tanka Poetry Contest announcement.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the 100 Word Flash Fiction page.


Write a story but present it as a poem. Read about the Share A Story In A Poem announcement.


Write a poem where every word counts for this Nonet Poetry Contest.


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