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Write Poetry for a Chance at $5,000 Cash (and More)!

For more than 80 years, Writer's Digest has put on an annual writing competition for up and coming writers in a variety of disciplines, including poetry. The Grand Prize winner receives $5,000 cash, a paid trip to the annual Writer's Digest Conference, an interview in Writer's Digest magazine, and so much more!

There are 10 categories total and two specifically for poets: Rhyming Poetry and Non-Rhyming Poetry. And, in case you're wondering, poems shared in the comments section of this blog are eligible to be entered for this competition.

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Click to read the full rules and to enter.

Beyond the Grand Prize, there are the following prizes:

  • First Place will receive $1,000 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer's Digest Shop
  • Second Place will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer's Digest Shop
  • Third Place will receive $250 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer's Digest Shop
  • Fourth Place will receive $100 cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer's Digest Shop
  • Fifth Place will receive $50 VISA gift card and $50 off a purchase from the Writer's Digest Shop
  • Sixth through Tenth Place winners receive a $25 VISA gift card and $25 off a purchase from the Writer's Digest Shop.

Enter the competition today.

If you're interested in trying under a non-poetry category, here are the other eight categories:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Stage Play
  • Television/Movie Script
  • Children's/Young Adult Fiction

Click to continue.

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