Best Poetry Contests in 2022 (Free Entry)

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Looking for online publishers, poetry contests or magazine for submissions is quite a monotonous and tiresome process in itself , let alone the chances of finding relevant info. But not anymore!

Here you’ll find monthly updated contests and submission portals that’ll help you grow as beginners and support your writing career at the same. Every contest is provided with all the information you need to know before submitting to it. Poets from all nationalities can take part in the poetry contests without worrying about submission fee. So, go writers!

Poetry Contests

Note: Some sites might be area/language restricted so, I recommend using VPN.

1. Rattle Young Poets Anthology

Deadline for the Next Volume: November 15, 2022. (Expired)

This poetry contest belongs to Rattle magazine and all participants should be of the age 15 or younger when the poem was written, and 18 or younger when submitted.paragraph

Submission requirement : 4 poems at a time, in a single file.

Prize: All contributors receive ten complimentary copies of the print anthology.


Deadline: No deadline

Submission requirement: They consider only previously unpublished work with single submission of maximum 4 poems (up to 10 pages total) per category at one time.
Open to simultaneous submissions.

Payment: Text poems are paid $10/line with a minimum honorarium of $300 per poem. For visual poems, audio poems, and video poems, it’s $300 per poem. For prose, it’s $150 per published page.

3. Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest

Deadline: December 31, 2022

Submission requirements: It’s a biannual poetry contest wherein submitted poems can be rhyming or non-rhyming. There’s no limited entries. Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date.

Prize: 1st prize: $350 ,2nd prize: $200 and 3rd prize: $100. In addition, the winning poems will be displayed on their website.

4. SIX WORD WONDER Poetry Contest

Deadline: 30th November 2022 at midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Submission requirements: It’s a 6 words long poetry contest open to all nationalities. Entrants must be aged 16 years old or over. Simultaneous submissions accepted.

Prize: The first prize winner will win a $100 cash prize.

5.Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Deadline: April 1, 2023 ( starts from August 15, 2022)

Submission requirements: Held by WINNING WRITERS, this poetry contest seeks today’s best humor poems. Submission should be of maximum of 250 lines. There’s no age restriction to the contest. Published as well as unpublished works are accepted as well as simultaneous submissions.

Prize : First Prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
Second Prize: $500
Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each.Top 12 entries published online

6. East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition for children

Deadline: November 30th, 2022

Submission requirements: The competition is open to young poets in both primary and secondary school. This year’s theme is ‘My wonderful world’. Submission should not exceed 45 lines. Winners will be notified by phone by Monday, 9 January 2023.

Prize: East Riding Primary 1st Prize: £75

East Riding Primary 2nd Prize: £50

East Riding Secondary 1st Prize: £75

East Riding Secondary 2nd Prize: £50

7. Rebekah Pace’s Poetry Contest

Deadline: November 28th

Submission requirements: The THEME for their submission has to be: ‘God works in mysterious ways‘. No age restrictions are applied for the context. The winner is announced on December 2nd.

Prize: Poem recorded as a song by Gilad Hesseg & signed copy of All I Want for Christmas.

8. Contemporary Verse 2 

Deadline: accepts from October 1 through May 31.

(No submissions will be accepted during the summer months of September, June, July and August.)

Submission requirements: They only accept one submission per submitter at a time. No more than 6 pages are accepted by the magazine. They have a review time of 2 to 6 months.

Payment : $30 per poem


Deadline: open from September 15th to June 15th

Submission requirements: They accept typed, unpublished material only.

Individual poems, sequences, or suites up to a maximum of six pages are allowed.

Payment: $50 per page to a maximum of $250, plus two copies of the issue in which their work appears.

10. The Malahat Review

Deadline: Submissions by international writers are accepted during the following six months: January and February, May through July, and November.

Submission requirements: They do not publish any kinds of already published work whether offline or online. Simultaneous submission accepted. They accept 3 to 5 poems (up to 10 pages max).

Payment: CAD$70 per published page plus a one-year print subscription and two copies of the issue in which your work appears. 

11. 2022 Mountain West Writers’ Poetry Contest


Submission requirements: Invites writers currently living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, or Utah to submit to their annual poetry contest. Poetry submissions should not exceed 10 pages or 25 poems. Simultaneous submission are accepted.

Prize: cash awards of $500 and publication in the Winter 2022 issue of Western Humanities Review. All entrants will receive one copy of the prize issue.

12. Poet Lore.

Deadline: April 1 – May 31 and October 1 – November 30.

Submission requirements: They accept 5 poems (maximum 10 pages) in 1 single document. They do not accept work that has been previously published.

Payment: $50 per published poem.

13. Split Lip Magazine

Deadline: open on in selected months i.e. January, March, May, August, September, November.

Submission requirements: They are looking for ‘First-time electronic publication rights’ meaning fresh work that’s not published anywhere. They accept simultaneous submissions with one submission per writer at a time.

Payment: $75 per author for poems along with payment for print is $ 5 per page, minimum of $20, plus 2contributor copies.

14. Copper Nickel Magazine

Deadline: Open from September 1 to December 15, January 15 to March 1.

Submission requirements: They accept four to six poems at a time. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Payment:$30 per printed page + two copies of the issue in which the author’s work appears + a one-year subscription. They also award two $500 prizes per issue—the Editors’ Prizes in Poetry and prose.

15. Harpur Palate

Deadline: runs September 15-November 15 and February 15-April 15.

Submission requirements: They accept 1-5 poems per reading period( 10 pages). Poems with a strong lyric voice and sense of urgency are preferred. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Payment: NIL

16. The Alpine Fellowship Poetry Prizes 2023

Deadline: 1st January 2023 to 1st March 2023 at 23:59 (UK time)

Submission requirements: Applicants must be aged 18 or above with all entries in English. A single poem or a collection of poems are accepted at a time with maximum of 500 words per entry.

Prize: First place: £3,000 cash grant , Second place: £1,000 travel expense, Third place: £1,000 with travel expense and the runners up will receive travel expense support that must be used to attend our 2023 symposium

17. Waxwing Literary Journal

Deadline: August 1 through April 30

Submission requirements: one to five poems are accepted in a single document. Simultaneous submissions are allowed.

Payment: Not mentioned

18. VQR

Deadline: Not mentioned

Submission requirements: They only consider unpublished work with four poems per reading period. Simultaneous submissions are permitted.

Payment: They pay $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, they pay $1,000.

19.Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize

Deadline: Sunday, November 27, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. (EDT)

Submission requirements: Targets works by student writers in the 11th grade in the U.S. or abroad.  Applicants may submit up to 3 poems. Simultaneous submissions accepted.

Prize: First Prize – $1,500 | Second Prize – $750 | Third Prize – $500

20. Frontier Poetry

Deadline: November 15,2022 (EXPIRED)

Submission requirements: Submissions are open to new and emerging poets only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. All submissions must be no more than 10 pages and no more than 5 poems including cover letter.

Payments: $50 per poem, up to $150 along with Prize: ten finalists to represent South Asia, Africa, and Europe will receive $1000 and publication on Frontier Poetry.

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