Welcome To Free Poetry Contests

2017 poetry contests that you can enter. We update our poetry contest listing every day. All poetry contests have cash prizes. Click the contests name to read the details on the contest.

Haiku Poetry Contest

Write a Haiku. This poem only has three lines and each line has a specific syllable count of 5-7-5. The first line has five syllables. The second line has 7. Final line has 5 again.
Due Date: September 24, 2017
Deadline in 4 days.

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Write a sonnet poem. This poem has fourteen lines. It is written with a specific rhyme scheme called iambic pentameter. Make sure each line in your poem has 10 syllables.
Due Date: September 27, 2017
Deadline in 1 week.

ABAB Poetry Contest

Write a poem tha that has an exact rhyme scheme for this poetry contest with a cash prize.
Due Date: October 4, 2017

Katauta Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has the syllable count of 5-7-5 or 5-7-7 that is addressed to a loved one.
Due Date: October 9, 2017

Love Poem Poetry Contest

Love poems have been known to win her over. Share a love poem for this poetry contest.
Due Date: October 22, 2017

Nonet Poetry Contest

Write a poem on any subject to enter this contest. Rhyming is not required. The only requirement is the syllable count for each line. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc...
Due Date: October 24, 2017

Short Poem

Write a poem that only has three lines to enter this poetry contest. Each line must have a specific syllable count.
Due Date: November 3, 2017

Six Word Poetry Contest

Write a poem using only six words. That is the challenge of this poetry contest with a cash prize.
Due Date: November 7, 2017

Loop Poetry Contest

This poetry contest has a unique challenge. The word that finishes each line must be the first word in the next line. In addition, there is a requirement for rhymes.
Due Date: November 15, 2017

ABC Poetry Contest

The ABC Poetry Contests challenges you to write a four line poem that uses the alphabet to specify the first letter of each line.
Due Date: November 20, 2017

Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a poem follows a specific format. You must rhyme and format your poem as specified to enter this poetry contest with a cash prize.
Due Date: November 24, 2017

One Line Poem

Write a poem that only has one line to enter this poetry contest. There are no other requirements. See an example in the contest announcement.
Due Date: November 30, 2017

2-4-2 Poetry

A very short poem of only three lines. The first line can only have two syllables. The second has four. The third line has 2 syllables again. Enter your poem for a chance at the cash prize.
Due Date: December 3, 2017

5-7-5 Poetry Contest

Write a poem that only has three lines to enter this poetry contest. Each line must have a specific syllable count.
Due Date: December 6, 2017

Minute

Write a minute poem to enter this poetry contest. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. Write your poem that follows the rules of this contest for your chance at the prize.
Due Date: December 12, 2017

Four Line Poem

Write a four line poem. Each line in your poem must have 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. Write about anything.
Due Date: December 20, 2017

Christmas Poetry

Share a poem that somehow involves the holiday. A cash prize for the winner.
Due Date: December 25, 2017

Free Verse Poetry Contest

No rules for this poetry contest. Write a poem that does not follow any set structure and enjoy a poem without the rules. Cash prize to the winner.
Due Date: January 3, 2018

Antonym Poetry Contest

Write a poem with only four lines. Each line has a specific syllable count. Cash prize.
Due Date: January 5, 2018

Acrostic Poetry Contest

An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. So start with a word and use each letter to start a new line in a poem. That is the challenge of this poetry contest.
Due Date: January 13, 2018

Faith Poetry Contest

Write a poem that shares your faith. How does your faith impact your life? How does your faith impact the decisions that you make. All poetry types are accepted for this poetry contest.
Due Date: January 20, 2018

Lanturne Poetry

Write a poem that has five lins and follows a specific sylllable count. The first line has 1 syllable. Second line has 2. The third line has 3 and the fourth line has 4 syllables. The final line of your poem must only have 1 syllable. Cash prize.
Due Date: January 30, 2018

Tanka Poetry Contest

Write a Tanka poem to enter this poetry. Tanka is a form of poetry with a specific syllable count. Follow that count to enter this contest.
Due Date: February 3, 2018

5 Line Poem

For this poetry contest the challenge is to write a 3 line poem. That's right - just three lines - and each line must rhyme. The winner of this contest will win a cash prize.
Due Date: February 7, 2018

Lune Poetry Contest

This poem only has three lines. A lune is a short poem that is fun to write and challenging too. Cash prize to the winner of this poetry contest.
Due Date: February 11, 2018

Rhyming Poem

Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. Your poem can be of any type. It can be about any subject. But there must be rhymes. Cash prize to the winner.
Due Date: February 18, 2018

Share A Story In A Poem

Share a story but write it using a poem. That is the challenge of this contest. Some of the most famous poems for children told a story with a poem. Can you do it?
Due Date: February 22, 2018



Common poetry contests including Sonnet, Haiku and 5-7-5. For information on how to write for these contests click here.