Poetry Awards

Deadline: October 1, 2015

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 9th 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.

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Prizes

One First Place Winner will receive:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Their poem published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 2016 Poet’s Market
  • Promotion on writersdigest.com

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $250 in cash
  • Their poem’s title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 2016 Poet’s Market
  • Promotion on writersdigest.com

The Third Place Winner will receive:

  • $100 in cash
  • Their poem’s title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 2016 Poet’s Market
  • Promotion on writersdigest.com

Fourth through Tenth Place Winners will receive:

  • $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
  • Their poem’s title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2016 issue
  • A copy of the 2016 Poet’s Market
  • Promotion on writersdigest.com

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
  • A copy of the 2016 Poet’s Market
  • Promotion on writersdigest.com

How to Enter

  • Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one poem, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the winning entries to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. Any piece posted anywhere online is considered published.
  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Poems may be single or double-spaced. Your name, address, email and phone number must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. Entries submitted online do not need name, address, email and phone number in the upper left-hand corner of the first page since that information is collected on the form.
  • BE SURE OF YOUR LINE COUNT! Entries exceeding the line limits will be disqualified. Type the exact line count (counting every single line, except the title and contact information) at the top of the manuscript.
  • Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
  • Due to SEC restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.
  • Click here for a printable entry form. This form is to be used for entries submitted via regular mail.


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4 thoughts on “Poetry Awards

  1. Lawrence

    I have a question, if I may. Why do you have the 32-line limitation on all entries for verse poetry? What about those of us who specialize in “epic poems” of an historical nature? Imagine someone telling Coleridge he could not enter his own “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” just because it was longer than 32 lines — or Poe, because his (18) stanzas of the “Raven” exceeded the norm and standard of the contest. Seems far-fetched.
    I am a Military (Naval) Historian, and much of my epic work is about several of the more famous naval encounters of WWII, and virtually all of my poems are at least (3) pages in length, and more in a (100+) line range. Can’t we writers also be represented in the competition and be given a fair opportunity to also compete along with the others? Your 32-line limitation completely disallows us from even entering. Is is beyond the realm of possibility to have a “new” category added in the annual competition that can also include those of us who write longer poetic pieces?
    It’s just been a question I’ve been wanting to ask for some time, but I sincerely request that you also give us a chance too, perhaps in a different (or sub-) category of Poetry for all such longer works.
    I thank you for your time and consideration, and have a great day!

    Lawrence De Graw
    Ocala, FL

    1. Tara Johnson Post author

      Hi Lawrence. Thanks for your comment. We constantly monitor feedback from our audience to evaluate and potentially update our competitions. While we understand your viewpoint, we do not feel that this contest can support epic poems at this time.
      Just as novelists can’t enter novels in our short story contest and therefore must enter a more concise story or somehow excerpt from the longer work, poets who write epic poems may choose to do the same. Whitman would not be able to enter “Song of Myself” into a poetry contest with a 32-line limit, but he could get away with “O Captain! My Captain!” So the solution may be to attempt writing a more concise poem and see what happens.

    1. Tara Johnson Post author

      Hi Joel.
      I apologize for the confusion. This competition will begin accepting entries in June.

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