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Poetry Contest Listing


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: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Best Served Cold
Write a flash fiction tale of REVENGE. Maximum 800 words. This can be in any genre and can range from a light-hearted prank to a murderous act of vengeance. Clever twists and irony encouraged.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Soul Writer
In under 150 words, define a "soul." You may write poetry or prose.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
I Am Not Perfect
Write a poem about a flaw that you see in yourself.
Deadline: In 2 Days
100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Book It!
Write a new book in three months.
Deadline: In 5 Days


My Alibi
Write a 500 - 1500 word scene based on the board game CLUE. You are one of six characters being questioned by a detective. Write a scene where you provide your alibi.
Deadline: Mar 2nd
The Bucket List
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on your own bucket list items and why.
Deadline: Mar 3rd
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: Mar 3rd
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 5th
Fun with Punctuation
How well do you know your punctuation marks? Can you use them correctly? PLEASE feel free to use resources such as style guides and definitions of each mark to complete your work.
Deadline: Mar 8th
Stories about scars
Write a short story about a scar- whether it is a physical scar, or an emotional one. The minimum length of words is 500, and the maximum is 1000.
Deadline: Mar 10th
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: Mar 15th
Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a ABAB poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 16th
3 Line Poem
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 lover. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 17th
Become the Animal!
Write a short poem with a rhyme scheme from the perspective of any animal of your choosing. How well can you portray the mind of an animal from within you?
Deadline: Mar 18th
75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 18th
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. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 19th
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 20th
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: Mar 23rd
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: Mar 30th
Wedding
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 31st
Soulbound
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 31st
Romantic Valentine
This is a topic based contest. Write a story that is a romantic valentine.
Deadline: Mar 31st


Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 4th
Short 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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Apr 5th
Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Apr 8th
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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 13th
Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 17th
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. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 19th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 20th
150 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 150 words. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 21st
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 25th
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
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 1st
One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 3rd
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: May 8th
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 11th
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 the poetry contest winner.
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
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


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. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
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. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 22nd
I Imagine
Write a poem that begins with the words "I Imagine" This contest has a cash prize.
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jun 28th


5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 7th
Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. This contest has a cash prize.
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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 15th



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


This poetry type is fun to write and can be a challenge. Read the Rhyming Poetry Contest announcement.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the 75 Words Flash Fiction page.


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


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.


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.


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