Deadline: September 30, 2022

Entry fee: $20

About the competition

Welcome to the 20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $8,000 in prizes.


  • TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre
  • MARGARET REID PRIZE: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
  • The top two winners will also receive two-year gift certificates from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $200 each (any style)
  • Top 12 entries published online
  • Enter via Submittable

Submission guidelines

  • Length limit: 250 lines maximum per poem. No restriction on age of author.
  • Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).
  • First time entering? We prepared this brief video to guide you.
  • See also our short entry checklist, then click the button below to submit.
  •  Read the winning entries from the 19th contest.
  • The results of the 20th contest will be announced on April 15, 2023. Fee: $20 per submission of 1-3 poems. Enter as many submissions as you wish.


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