Free Poetry Writing Contests

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Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards! This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Enter any poem 32 lines or less for your chance to win $1, 000 in cash.

The early-bird deadline to enter this year’s Poetry Awards is October 1, 2014.

Wondering what’s in it for you?

  • A chance to win $1, 000 in cash
  • Get your poem published in Writer’s Digest and promoted on WritersDigest.com
  • Receive a copy of the 2015 Poet’s Market

or download a printable entry form. (Early-bird entry fees are $15 for the first poem; $10 for each additional poem submitted during the same transaction.)

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $1, 000 in cash
  • Your poem published in Writer’s Digest‘s July/August 2015 issue and promoted on WritersDigest.com
  • A copy of the 2015 Poet’s Market

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $250 in cash
  • Recognition in Writer’s Digest‘s July/August 2015 issue and promoted on WritersDigest.com

The Third Place Winner will receive:

  • $100 in cash

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

  • $100 gift certificate for Writer’s Digest Books

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What Free registering poetry contest?

LuLu Poetry a division of Poetry.com has many free poetry contests with prizes up to $5000.00, they also have a link for more.

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Poetry contest?

Does anyone know of a good free writing or poetry contest for kids/teens?

In the back of the Poet's Market are indexes for Subjects. Look for the section "Poetry by Teens" there are about 50 magazines listed. Some run contests, but mainly you will be able to submit your work for publication consideration.