Reputable Poetry Contest

A lot of people write poetry, and, all too often, they learn the hard way that many of the contests for poetry are scams. Fortunately, Writers Digest offers a legitimate poetry contest.

6th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Competition

Entry Deadline: December 15, 2010

Click the link for all the details and to enter. Awards for 1st through 50th Place. The winning poems will be printed in a special competition collection. You can reserve a copy when you enter if you wish, but there's no obligation to purchase. The publication date is May 2011.


1st Place: $500 and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City

2nd Place: $250

3rd Place: $100

4th - 10th Place: $25

The names and poem titles of 1 - 10th Place winners will be printed in the August 2011 issue of Writer's Digest Magazine, and their names will appear on Writers Digest website.

11th - 25th Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books.

Additionally, all winners will receive the 2011 Poet's Market.

Takeaway Truth

British author and classical scholar Robert Graves once said: "There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either." Poets don't write with the expectation of getting rich. Like most writers, they write for the love of combining words to express thoughts and emotions.

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