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Multiple price options

Every year, Poetry International gives a prize of $1,000 and publication in Poetry International for a single poem. Editors of Poetry International will judge each submission. Submit up to 3 poems with a $15 entry fee. Each additional poem will require $3 extra.


  • Please read our general contest guidelines
  • Only previously unpublished work is eligible for consideration.
  • Provide your contact information (including email and phone) & titles of all poems submitted in the cover letter. 
  • No identifying information should appear anywhere on the submission. Keep the submission simple and easy to read, avoid unusual fonts. Please no illustrations.
  • ALL poems/entries are to be uploaded to Submittable within a single document (i.e. only ONE PDF, .doc, or .docx file is needed to submit "X" number of poems/entries, per submission)
  • DECLINED ENTRIES will not receive an email, only a status change


Simultaneous submission allowed: You may submit your poems simultaneously.  Please note whether or not any poems/entries are simultaneous submissions.


Poems translated from other languages are eligible ONLY IF you wrote both the original poem and the translation.

The winner is announced on our website.


We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.