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The 18th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

30 September 2020

Who may enter
Poets of all ages may enter. Authors from all countries are eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).

The competition is organised by Winning Writers.

You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each. Poems must be written in English.

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.

Read the winning entries from the 17th contest.

Entry fee
$15 per poem

• The Tom Howard Prize: $3,000 for a poem in any style or genre.
• The Margaret Reid Prize: $3,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
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.
• Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $200 each (any style).

How to enroll
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