Poetry Awards

LEARN MORE! Deadline: October 1, 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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EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: OCTOBER 1, 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 Poet’s Market 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 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  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission.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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