Public Poetry is making this contest FREE. We're always focused on creating new opportunities for poets and poetry, and this is one way we can do that now.  As we hunker down in the face of the pandemic, we can also  be productive,  allowing ourselves to reflect and clean out some of the cobwebs that cling to us,  - all good stuff for writing poetry inspired by these times we’re in now. 

Normally, our contests come with cash awards, a print anthology and book launch. This time, we need your help to accomplish this.   This time, we need your help to accomplish this. What you give, we'll give. 100% of any donations made on the links immediately below will go towards prizes, readers’ and judges’ fees, and anthology publication costs. 

  • You can do this AT NO COST if you name Public Poetry as your charity of choice on Amazon.  Go to smile.amazon.com and follow the prompts.  This won't affect how you shop and can really add up if everyone who submits does this.
  • You can become a member of Public Poetry at  publicpoetry.net/membership-here/ and submit an extra poem as a thank you.
  • You can pre-order your copy of the anthology for $11 HERE
  • You can make a donation in any amount HERE

If we're all  #poetrystrong, we can make this happen.  

GUIDELINES

Prompt:  how you  are experiencing the times we are all in now.  

  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA.
  • Only new, original poems accepted
  • All submissions should include the date you wrote the poem at the top left above the title
  • ONE entry per person non-members;  up to TWO entries for all Public Poetry Members (membership information HERE
  • YOUTH poems will be judged in 3 categories: 7 and under;  8 - 12 years old; 13-18 years old.  You must include your age at the time you submit on the top right corner above the title.  Winners will be asked to provide proof of age. 
  • 40 lines maximum per poem  (title, epigraph and blank lines do not count.) 
  • The contest is judged blind; your name and other identifying information CAN NOT appear anywhere in the submission itself.
  • Submissions may not be modified in any way after entry. 
  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified. 

Winners will be notified on Submittable, on our website  and from a link in our free e-newsletter. We're aiming to notify you in October. 

Public Poetry is making this contest FREE. All our activites are focused on creating new opportunities for poets and poetry, and this is one way we can do that now.   While we hunker down in the face of the pandemic, we can also  be productive,  allowing ourselves to reflect and clean out some of the cobwebs that cling to us,  - all good stuff for writing poetry inspired by these times we’re in now. 

Normally, our contests come with cash awards, a print anthology and book launch. This time, we need your help to accomplish this. What you give, we'll give. 100% of any donations made on the links immediately below will go towards prizes, readers’ and judges’ fees, and anthology publication costs. 

  • You can do this AT NO COST if you name Public Poetry as your charity of choice on Amazon.  Go to smile.amazon.com and follow the prompts.  This won't affect how you shop and can really add up if everyone who submits does this.
  • You can become a member of Public Poetry at publicpoetry.net/membership-here/ and submit an extra poem as a thank you.
  • You can pre-order your copy of the anthology for $11 HERE
  • You can make a donation in any amount HERE

If we're all  #poetrystrong, we can make this happen.  


GUIDELINES

  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA.
  • Only new, original poems accepted.
  • ONE entry per person non-members;  up to TWO entries for all Public Poetry Members (membership information HERE). 
  • 40 lines maximum per poem  (title, epigraph and blank lines do not count.) 
  • The contest is judged blind; your name and other identifying information CAN NOT appear anywhere in the submission itself. 
  • YOUTH poems will be judged in 3 categories: 7 and under;  8 - 12 years old; 13-18 years old.
  • All submissions should include the date you wrote the poem at the top right above the title.
  • Submissions may not be modified in any way after entry. 
  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified. 

Winners will be notified on Submittable, on our website  and from a link in our free e-newsletter. We're aiming to notify you in October. 

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