Poetry Contests

35 Writing Contests – No entry fees! DEADLINES: Oct. 1 – 31, 2017

Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity is the blog and writing resource site by writer Erica Verrillo. Her site is loaded with great articles for writers and the writing life, including listings of publishers, agents, where to get reviews, submission calls, free contests, writing conferences and more.

This list of 35 FREE writing contests includes several for poets and are listed in order of their deadlines, from October 1 – 31, 2017.

Click here to read the complete list of 35 contests.

Also, don’t miss Verrillo’s complete list of contests: “Many contests are held annually, so if you miss a contest you may be able to catch it next year. For a full month-by-month listing of contests see: Free Contests.”


Erica Verrillo has written seven books and published five. She doesn’t know why anyone with an ounce of self-preservation would ever want to publish. But, if you insist on selling your soul to the devil, learn how to do it right: marketing, literary agents, book promotion, editing, pitching your book, how to get reviews, and … most important of all … everything she did wrong. In the interests of protecting the right to free speech, she did not vote for Trump. #NotMyPresident


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