Deadline: December 31, 2022
Entry fee: $20
About the competition
The competition is organized by the Society of Classical Poets based in New York.
The competition is open to anyone.
You may submit 1-3 poems on any topic.
Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables). Rhyme and other traditional techniques are encouraged as well, but not required.
The poem should be written in 2021. They may be previously published.
Click here to read the winning poems from the last contest.
The winner will receive $2,000.
- One to three poems on any topic. Altogether, the poems should total 108 lines or less. First click here to pay the submission fee, then email as a Word file or in the email body to [email protected] Put “Poetry Contest Submission” in the subject line of the email. Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables). Rhyme and other traditional techniques are encouraged as well, but not required. (To learn how to write poetry with meter, see a brief beginner’s guide on common iambic meter here or a more elaborate beginner’s guide to many kinds of meter here. See a guide to poetry forms here.) You may alternatively mail a check made out to the Society of Classical Poets to Evan Mantyk, Society of Classical Poets, 11 Heather Ln. Mount Hope, NY 10940.
- You may pay up to $60 and send in up to three separate submissions.
- The poem should be written in 2022. They may be previously published. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
- Past First Place winners and the Society’s executive staff are prohibited from participating.
- You do not have to be a Member of the Society to participate.
- You will retain ownership of your submitted poetry. By submitting it to the Society for publication or for inclusion in the contest, should it rank among winners or receive an honorable mention, you give the Society permission to publish it online on this website, in the Society of Classical Poets Journal, and in publications promoting the SCP’s mission or this annual contest, but the SCP would not be able to sell your individual poem on its own or have any further rights over it beyond these purposes. You could publish it anywhere else or sell it to any publication as desired.
- Submit your entry here.