Poetry Awards

ENTER NOW! Deadline: November 2, 2020. Writer’s Digest’s only competition exclusively for poetry, the Annual Poetry Awards, is now accepting entries. Winners are awarded cash and prizes.
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WD Poetry Awards

DEADLINE: November 2, 2020

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 15th 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 2021 issue and to a worldwide readership on WritersDigest.com
  • A 20-minute consultation with Editor, Robert Brewer

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $250 in cash
  • Their poem’s title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2021 issue
  • 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 2021 issue
  • 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 2021 issue
  • Promotion on WritersDigest.com

Eleventh through Twenty-Fifth Place Winners will receive:

  • $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop
  • Promotion on WritersDigest.com

How to Enter

  • All entries must be submitted online. Entries must be accompanied by the required judging fee We accept PayPal or credit card payment for the required judging fee. Fees are non-refundable.
  • All entries must be in English. Only original works that have not been published in print, digital or online publications will be considered. Self-published work in blogs, on social media, etc. will be considered.
  • Entries must be typed and formatted to 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 pages. Poems may be single or double-spaced. Your name, address, email and phone number should not appear on the entry file since that information is collected on the entry 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.
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.
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