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Poetry Contest Listing


Urban Legends
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

No Poetry! Only writing and images are acceptable for this contest...
Deadline: Today!
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: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
Just for Fun (5-7-5)
Can you make 'em smile in only 17 syllables spread out in three lines of 5-7-5. No other rules apply! Don't worry about kigos, punctuation, concrete imagery etc. Do whatever works.
Example:

Don't eat yellow snow
It's not healthy as you know
Besides, it tastes bad!

This is just for fun, so be creative and let your imaginations run wild.


Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Tyburn poetry
A six line poem consisting of 2, 2, 2, 2, 9, 9 syllables.
The first four lines rhyme and are all descriptive words. The last two lines rhyme and incorporate the first, second, third, and fourth lines as the 5th through 8th syllables.

Syllable Count

line 1 - 2 syllables
line 2 - 2 syllables
line 3 - 2 syllables
line 4 - 2 syllables
line 5 - 9 syllables
line 6 - 9 syllables
Example

Myself

Sowing (2 syllables)
Hoeing (2 syllables)
Growing (2 syllables)
Mowing (2 syllables)

Planting gardens, sowing, hoeing grounds. (9 syllables)
Sunshine keeps all growing, mowing mounds.(9 syllables)
- written by Marion Gibson
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Coffee
Love it? Hate it? Write a poem about coffee. You choose whatever poetry form you want to use. There is no minimum or maximum length.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
You've Got to Be Kidding Me
Write a short story of with a maximum of 1500 words. Somewhere in the story, the phrase "you've got to be kidding me" should appear. It can be fact or fiction, humorous or serious, your choice...
Deadline: In 2 Days
Urban legend...or is it?
Write a poem of more than six stanzas, rhyming or free verse, about an Urban Legend Horror, such as Bloody Mary or the Hitchhiker. Or maybe you are terrified by one you have heard is true...
Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Trinet Poetry
The Trinet, created by zion, is a form with specific specifications. See the details and an example in the announcement.
Deadline: In 3 Days
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! A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: In 5 Days
Book It!
Write a new book in three months.
Deadline: Dec 19th
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: Dec 20th
Rewrite That Ad!
Write a one-act script that satirizes a commercial.
Deadline: Dec 21st
Presidents Hanging Out
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Dec 22nd
Christmas Story
Share a story that somehow involves Christmas. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 25th
Christmas Poetry
Share a poem about Christmas. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 25th
Horror Hi-jinks
A humorous poem featuring a horror theme.
Deadline: Dec 28th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 29th
Marriage Proposal
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Dec 31st
Lyrics Make The Song Contest
MUST BE EITHER SECULAR OR RELIGIOUS CHRISTMAS SONG LYRICS ONLY!
Deadline: Dec 31st


Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 3rd
Antonym Poetry Contest
Write a four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym (opposite meaning) of the word on the first line. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jan 5th
Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 8th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 13th
Flash Fiction - A Secret
Write a flash fiction story where a character has a secret that somehow influences the story. The secret does not have to be revealed. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 17th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 20th
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. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 25th
Lanturne Poetry
Write a five line poem. The syllable count is one, two, three, four, one. So the first lin has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 30th


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: Feb 3rd
5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Feb 7th
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: Feb 11th
Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 18th
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: Feb 22nd
100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 26th


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? Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 3rd
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: Mar 5th
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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Mar 9th
75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 10th
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 15th
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 17th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 23rd
Wedding
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 31st


Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Write for 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 5th
Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
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. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 13th
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Apr 17th
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
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: Apr 25th
justice league harry potter crossov
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
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


One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 7th
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


Harry Potter AU
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jun 30th



Celebrate the holiday season in a poem. View our Christmas Story announcement.


Write a holiday poem for the Christmas Poetry.


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.


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.


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