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Poetry Awards

LEARN MORE! CLOSED. Writer’s Digest’s only competition exclusively for poetry, the Annual Poetry Awards, is not accepting entries at this time. Winners are awarded cash and prizes.

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The 2019 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 WD Poetry Awards!

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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 WD Poetry Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards! Read the full list of winners here.

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Top 10 Winning Poems from the 2017 WD Poetry Awards

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winning poems from the 2017 WD Poetry Awards. In this online exclusive, you can read the top-ten winning poems from this year’s competition.

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The 2017 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winning poems from the 2017 WD Poetry Awards. See the full list of winning poems here.

2016 Writer’s Digest Poetry Award Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 25 winners in the 2016 WD Poetry Awards!

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Writer's Digest Poetry Awards: Behind the Scenes of a Writing Competition

Have you ever wondered what goes through judges’ minds when they read entries submitted to a writing competition? Now you no longer have to wonder. The judges of the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discuss the competition, common pitfalls, and what it takes to make your poem stand out.

Winners of WD’s 7th Annual Poetry Awards

Nearly 2,300 poems were submitted in the seventh annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards, and Linda Neal Rising’s “An Educated Woman Explains Why She Likes Bluegrass” claimed the No. 1 spot. Her prize: $500, a copy of the 2012 Poet’s Market and a trip to the WD Conference in New York City. Read her winning entry here.

The Winners of WD’s Annual Poetry Awards

Nearly 2,300 poems were submitted to the seventh annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards, and Linda Neal Reising’s “An Educated Woman Explains Why She Likes Bluegrass” claimed the No. 1 spot. Her prize: $500, a copy of the 2012 Poet’s Market and a trip to the WD Conference in New York City.

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Winners of the 2010 WD Poetry Awards

Karin Bradberry’s "Javelina" took first place in WD's 5th Annual Poetry Awards competition, taking home $500 in prize money. The online contest, which pulled in nearly 3,350 entries, was open to poems of any style that were original, unpublished and 32 lines or fewer.

Winners of the 2008 WD Poetry Awards

Lee Tupman’s “The Forest of Lost Husbands” took first place in WD’s 3rd Annual Poetry Awards competition, taking home $500 in prize money. The online contest, which pulled in nearly 3,800 entries, was open to poems of any style that were original, unpublished and 32 lines or fewer. by Brian A. Klems