Submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $200 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Final judge: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier. This contest is proudly co-sponsored by Duotrope, which will award two-year gift certificates to the top two winners, a $100 value.
You may submit published or unpublished work. Each submission may contain up to three poems. You may make multiple submissions. Please omit your name from your entries. We prefer 12-point type or larger. Please avoid fancy, hard-to-read fonts. No restriction on age of author. All countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).
For the purpose of the Margaret Reid Prize, a poem in a traditional style employs regular meter and/or rhyme, or is written in a recognized poetic form. This includes traditional Western forms such as ballads, sonnets, and blank verse, Asian forms such as tanka and haiku, and other traditional forms.
First time entering? We prepared this brief video to guide you. See also our short entry checklist.
Entry fee: $20 for each submission of 1-3 poems.