Public Poetry Contests

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Writers are invited to submit poems on the theme of "power."  

This contest is being judged by Cyrus Cassells, Tony Hoagland, Raina J. León and Sasha West.  
(Read judge's bios at  

First prize is $1000.00 and the winning poem published in an ebook anthology for Amazon, as well as an invitation to give a public reading. 
Twenty-four (24) Finalists will also have their poem included in this ebook anthology.

  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA.
  • 40 lines maximum per poem  (excludes title and blank lines)
  • The contest is judged blind; name and other identifying information cannot appear anywhere in the submission itself. 
  • If your poem is "Untitled," include the first 3 words in brackets ()
  • You can enter up to 3 poems per entry.** Multiple entries are allowed
  • Published poems can be submitted provided any permissions required are obtained in advance
  • Submissions may not be modified after entry. 
  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified. 

**Public Poetry Members can submit a fourth poem free. Memberships start at $8 

Winners will be notified in April 2018.