Poetry Contests For 2020 - A List of Poetry Contests

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Poetry Contests

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. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 6 Days


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 entry.
Deadline: In 12 Days


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 18 Days


Father's Day Poetry Contest
Write a poem about Dad or about being a Dad for this special day. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: In 19 Days


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 28 Days


20 Line Poem
Write a poem that has exactly 20 lines. Any format. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: In 29 Days


Two Line Poem
Write an essence poem. This is a poem of two lines with six syllables per line, each containing an internal rhyme and an ending rhyme. See the announcement for an example. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 31 Days


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 poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 10th


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 poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 22nd


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 for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jul 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. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 31st


15 Syllable Poem
For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 15 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 15 syllables total. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 6th


5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 14th


Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 23rd


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 31st


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 poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 10th


New Arrival Poetry
Write a 5-7-5 poem for this contest for new members to the site. A 5-7-5 poem is a three line poem. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven. The third line has five again. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Sep 17th


6 Word Poetry
Write a poem with only 6 words. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 18th


Cinquain Poetry
A cinquain poem is a five line poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 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. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Sep 28th


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 entry.
Deadline: Oct 2nd


One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Oct 11th


20 Word Poem
Write a poem with only 20 words. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Oct 15th


Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 21st


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Oct 25th


Haiku
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Nov 2nd


Take A Photo Poetry
Go out for a walk and take a camera, smartphone or tablet with you. Snap a picture of something interesting and write a poem about it when you get home. Post the photo along with the poem. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 8th


20 Syllable Poem
Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 13th


3-6-9 Poem
This poem has three stanzas. Each stanza has three lines that follows the 3-6-9 syllable count. The first line has 3 syllables, the second line has 6 syllables and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Nov 18th


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. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 23rd


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Nov 30th


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 2nd


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 poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 4th


5-7-5 Poetry
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should have only 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 poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 10th


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 for the winning entry.
Deadline: Dec 16th


Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 21st


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 entry.
Deadline: Dec 31st




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To enter a poetry contest simply click on the name of the contest. Enter all the details including the title of your poem, the description and the body of your poem. We recommend reading the contest rules first. Some contests have a specific topic or require that your poem follow a specified syllable count. You will get feedback for your poem after it is entered. This is something that may be pointed out in that feedback. You can also edit your poem at anytime prior to the contest deadline so we generally recommend that you enter the poetry contest prior to the deadline. Give your poem time to get feedback and you can make improvements prior to the judging of the contest.

We do update this listing daily. And every day we have a writing prompt which often including a new poetry contest. Looking for something else? You can see our full listing of contests on our writing contests page.