Poetry Awards

DEADLINE: October 1, 2019

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 14th 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 2020 issue and to a worldwide readership on WritersDigest.com
  • A 20-minute consultation with Poet’s Market Editor, Robert Brewer
  • A copy of the 2020 Poet’s Market

The Second Place Winner will receive:

  • $250 in cash
  • Their poem’s title published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2020 issue
  • A copy of the 2020 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 2020 issue
  • A copy of the 2020 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 2020 issue
  • A copy of the 2020 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 2020 Poet’s Market
  • Promotion on WritersDigest.com

 

How to Enter

  • All entries must be submitted online. Entries must be accompanied by the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). 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  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission.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 online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published.
  • 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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7 thoughts on “Poetry Awards

  1. Avatardaisygirl_001

    I would like to clarify a point about publication. If I have a poem on the website Allpoetry.com that I have submitted for comments and learning purposes, is this poem disqualified from this contest and the WD Annual Writing Competition? What if I entered a poem in one of the member contests and lost? Or won? I don’t have a personal blog site of my own yet, so I’m using Allpoetry to fill that need until I write enough poetry. Also, I am still learning and their feedback is essential.

    Thank you for your time!
    Nancy

  2. AvatarRay Doyle

    I am getting concerned. I registered for the ‘POD in April’ Comp. and sent you an email submission for the first day. That seems to have worked because I logged in and got to here today. My question to you now is, “Where do I find the daily prompts?” I quite like the idea of having to work under pressure but with time differences et al I still want to have a fighting chance!

  3. AvatarLawrence

    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. AvatarTara 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.

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