Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

(International, Annual, Poetry, Entry Fee)

Poetry in any style or theme. Your entry should be your own original work. You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere. (However, please do not submit work that has previously received recognition at Winning Writers.)

For the purpose of the Margaret Reid Prize, a poem in a traditional style employs regular meter and/or rhyme, or is written in a recognized poetic form. This includes traditional Western forms such as ballads, sonnets, and blank verse, and Asian forms such as tanka and haiku.

For details and current deadlines, please visit the official contest website.

Contest Opens: Apr 15

Deadline: Sep 30

Theme: All themes accepted

Length Limit: 250 lines maximum per poem


  • TOM HOWARD PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre
  • MARGARET REID PRIZE: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style
  • Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (any style)
  • Top 12 entries published online

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