Official Rules

1. The competition is open to poems 32 lines or fewer. Entries longer than 32 lines will be automatically disqualified. Long poems may not be broken into segments and entered as separate entries. Each poem must be self-contained and must be titled. Style and subject matter are open. Type the line count along with your name, address, phone number and email address at the top left-hand corner of the page. No refunds will be given for disqualified entries.

2. The early-bird entry fee is $15 for the first poem submitted and $10 for each additional poem. The regular entry fee is $20 for the first poem submitted and $10 for each additional poem. The discount applies only to entries submitted during the same checkout. You may enter as many poems as you wish. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail, you may send one check (in U.S. funds) and one entry form for a single entry or batch of entries. You may pay with a check or money order, Visa or Mastercard when entering online or via regular mail. Entries received without an entry fee will be disqualified. Entry fees may not be sent after poems have been received. Credit cards will be charged within 30 days of the contest final deadline. Charges will appear on your statement as “F+W Contests.” Checks should be made payable to F+W Media, Inc.

3. All entries must be in English, original, unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere at the time of submission. “Unpublished” means poems may not have appeared in print or on the Internet for public consumption (i.e., poems posted on a public forum or on your Web site may not be entered). Writer’s Digest reserves the one-time publication rights to the 1st Place winning entry to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication, on Writer’s Digest‘s Web site, or in other digital materials.

4. If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (not using the online entry form), all entries must be typewritten on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 white paper (computer printout acceptable) or A4 white paper. Unusual typefaces, colors, and graphics should not be used. Poems will not be returned so keep a copy for your records. No refunds will be issued for disqualified entries.

5. Early-Bird entries must be postmarked by October 1, 2014 (11:59 pm EST). Regular deadline entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2014 (11:59 pm EST). Extended deadline entries must be postmarked by November 21, 2014 (11:59 pm EST). This competition is now closed.

6. Winners will be notified by December 31, 2014. If you have not been contacted by this date, you may assume that your entry is not a finalist and may be marketed elsewhere.

7. If you enter offline you may enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your entry if you want to be notified of its receipt. We cannot notify you personally of your poem’s status before the winners are announced. This includes phone and email status inquiries. If entering online, you will receive a confirmation email for each entry you submit.

8. Winners’ names will appear in the May/June 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine. Afterwards, their names and poem titles will be posted at

9. The following are not permitted to enter the competition: employees of F+W Media, Inc., and their immediate families and Writer’s Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on the masthead.