The Booksie 2018 Poetry Contest

The Booksie 2018 Poetry Contest

$1,000 cash prize for the winning poem. Writer crowned Booksie 2018 Poet Laureate.

This contest is now closed.

November 6, 2018

We have almost read through all 2,500+ contest entries. We'll be announcing the finalists on November 18. Thanks for your patience!

October 1, 2018

We're going to get busy reading through and selecting the winners to the poetry contest. We'll be announcing the finalists in approximately one month on this page. 

Still want to enter a contest? Enter your humorous stories, poems, scripts, and more in the Booksie "Tickle My Funny Bone" Comedy Writing Contest.

Talk to you soon.




Booksie is looking to crown its 2018 Poet Laureate. Get your poems out and submit them to the contest.

The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We're looking for poems will attract reader's attention as we will feature the winners on the homepage and across the site. You may submit as many entries as you like.


The judging will be done in rounds.

Finalist round: We will select six finalists. Five finalists will be chosen by the editorial team. One finalist will be chosen by readers as the work with the highest number of total reads will be selected. The names of the six finalists will be announced approximately four weeks after the contest has closed.

Winner round: One grand prize winner and two runner-ups will be chosen by the Booksie Editorial team from the six finalists approximately one week after the Finalist Round is announced.


Grand prize winner (Booksie Gold Poet Laureate). 

  • $1,000 cash award
  • Gold winner badge
  • One free week of Boosts for their winning story (Boosting features the story in front of Booksie’s millions of monthly readers).

Two runner-ups (Booksie Silver Poet Laureates).

  •  $150 cash
  • Silver winner badge
  • One week of Boosts for the winning entry.

View the Booksie 2017 Poet Laureates.


About Booksie

Booksie has been helping writers tell their stories since 2006. The site has over 200,000 writers online and is visited by millions of readers per year. Some of our writers have gone on to achieve best-selling writing success (such as Lydia Kelly with Screaming in the Silence). Many other members write for a hobby and find the site a great way to connect with others and showcase their talents. 

We've been running writing contests for over ten years on Booksie and its sister site TheNextBigWriter. Our goal is to inspire writers, recognize their talent, and reward those who produce unique, creative work. You can view a list of our recent Booksie winners here.    

Good luck!

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Cost: $6.95 / entry

Start: April 15, 2018

Deadline: September 30, 2018

Prize: $1,000 Gold Booksie Laureate Prize & $150 Silver Laureate Prizes.

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