National Poetry Month Contest

National Poetry Month ContestApril means blooming flowers, warm weather, and the winding down of the school year. It also means it’s National Poetry Month, so we’re getting ready to get our VERSE on. And we’re doing it with some inspiration from the Academy of American Poets—the nearly-80-year-old group that started National Poetry Month in 1996.

Prompt

The Academy is spending April celebrating the role of correspondence in poets’ lives and work. So here on Figment, we want you, in 250 words or fewer, to write a poem in the form of a letter.

Tag your story PoetryMonth. You have until Tuesday, April 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET to enter your poem. Please note: Once your poem is tagged and published, it is considered your final, official entry. Any poem that is changed after it is submitted may be subject to disqualification.

Prizes

Figment editors will be reading all the entries and selecting three winners:

One grand-prize winner will receive a Moleskine notebook, a copy of Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, and a custom-created print with a line from their winning poem, from the DomesticNotions etsy shop.

custom quote print from domesticnotions on etsy

Two runners up will each receive a Moleskine notebook and a print with a quote from “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot, from the LennahPress esty shop.

All three winners will get a chance to pick the Figment.com homepage stories for one day!

Alfred J Prufrock quote

How to Enter

National Poetry Month Academy of American Poets

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1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 250 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with PoetryMonth on the “Details” tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.

 

 

 

Please note: The comment box below is only for questions about how to enter this contest or other logistical issues. For comments, thoughts, suggestions, complaints about the contest system, please visit our Contest Input forum. To find someone to read your story, try the Contest Promotion forum.

Contest Entries

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108 thoughts on “National Poetry Month Contest

  1. with the prompt… do you mean for us to write a poem with all the ‘Dear___’ part, or write a letter that’s, poetical?

    • Hey You,

      Please refer to the official rules for all entry requirements. Use your best judgement as to whether or not your entry complies.

    • I had trouble with this too because I didn’t have an outline and I didn’t know there were poems like that (being new and all) but yes it’s like A poetic letter so it’s like
      ‘Dear,_____
      ___poem_______ Sincerely,__’ hope that helped.

      • Does that mean we have to write it as if in prose format? Or can it still be in stanzas and such, just with ‘Dear whoever. . . . sincerely, me’?

        Thank you!

        • Hey Hana,

          Please refer to the official rules for all entry requirements. Use your best judgement as to whether or not your entry complies.

      • I promise this is the last thing lol, but if you publish your work, and you go back and edit, will it automatically change what you publish? Because I published mt poem for the poetry contest and it didn’t submit to the contest because it was too many words, so I went back and “edited” the word amount and saved the changes I made. When I did that, was it automatically submitted into the contest now? (there was no dialog box btw saying that it was ever entered into the contest)

        • If your entry is:
          -tagged properly
          -published (not saved as a draft)
          -created after the announcement of the contest

          You’re entered! So check those 3 things.

    • “To enter the Promotion you must submit one (1) original poem of 250 words or less in the form of a letter.” Please refer to the official rules for all entry requirements!

    • Please refer to the official rules for all entry requirements. Use your best judgement as to whether or not your entry complies.

  2. I published a poem. It showed up in the entries. But then I deleted it for some reason. Then I published it back, but not like the old one. So now the new one is on the entries. The old one is deleted. Am I considered as submitted? >_<

    • “Once your poem is tagged and published, it is considered your final, official entry. Any poem that is changed after it is submitted may be subject to disqualification.”

  3. After I’ve published the poem, can I still change the cover? Or would I be subject to disqualification?

  4. So… I published my poem, and realized that I made a mistake: it’s versus its. Can I fix the typo and not be disqualified, or will it count against me?

  5. Hi:) I was wondering, since it has to be in the form of a letter, does it HAVE to start with “Dear So-and-So” and end with “-Parting word-, Cassidy” or something like that?

    Thanks for your time:)
    ~Cassidy

  6. Hi! I published by poem last night, and the pop-up confirmation never came up. Knowing that sometimes it took a few minutes, I waited but it never came. I double-checked and everything for the tagging (I tagged it “poetrymonth”) and made sure that it fit the requirements, but I still haven’t received the confirmation yet, and today, I don’t see my story in the “entries” page.

    What should I do?

    • Hey Noel,

      As long as the tag is correct, the story was created after the announcement of the contest, and the story is published (not saved as a draft), you’re set!

    • One entry per person. How you format your one entry is up to you, provided it follows the prompt and official rules.

  7. I have a question!! :)
    I entered a poem for the contest, then realized it didn’t comply with the Prompt, so I destroyed it.
    Can I enter another?

    • Hey Mel,

      The official rules state there’s to be one entry per person during the promotional period, so a second entry may be disqualified.

  8. Hi! I created a poem several weeks ago, and then found out about the contest. I decided to enter it, and tagged it appropriately. Though it saved, I never received the confirmation email, and it my poem is not showing in the contest entries. Is it because I had already published it, and then changed it? Is it entered?

    • Hey–

      Works on Figment created before the announcement of the contest are not valid for entry and will not constitute an official entry. Per step 3 in “How to Enter,” an entrant needs to create a new work on Figment. Hope this clears up your confusion.

  9. Wow this is amazing! I’m freaking out because I own a shop on etsy so what was the odds of seeing it here on figment lol. But I’m just commenting because in the future I hope you work more with etsy because it has a lot in common with Figment, they both help new comers whether it be business owners or young writers so I think that is really cool : )

  10. So, could I publish my poem in order for people to review it, then add the tag later? Or do I have to publish it and tag it simultaneously to not be subject to disqualification?

  11. Hello,

    So I entered my poem into the contest yesterday and for some reason I can’t find my entry on any of the “Show all Entries” pages. Is there any way to confirm that it was submitted correctly?

    • As long as your entry is:
      -Tagged properly
      -Created after the announcement of the contest
      -Published (not saved as a draft)

      You are entered!

  12. What if you published your poem but then went back to edit the format, such as the bolding and such; would that count as disqualification?

  13. I have posed my story multiple times and it is not showing up in the entrys I have put the correct tag both times but it has not showed up.

    • As long as your story is:
      -Tagged properly
      -Created after the announcement of the contest
      -Published (not saved as a draft)

      You’re set!

    • As long as your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest

      You are entered.

  14. In the rules it says judging will be completed on or or about April 30 2014. Is this the correct date, that’s a little far away.

  15. If I go back in because my tag was wrong the first time but I didn’t change anything can I still be disqualified!!!????

    • Hey.

      If your entry is:
      -Tagged correctly
      -Published (not saved as a draft)
      -Created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re set! So check these three things.

    • The contest is open to residents of the US and parts of Canada. Please refer to the official rules for more information!

  16. I know that the contest rules stipulate that it cannot be obscene, but does having one swear word make a poem obscene?

  17. I wrote it, and entered it and it is a letter, but it doesn’t have a dear, but it is revealed at the end it is a letter.
    Does that qualify?

  18. My submission didn’t appear among the others, and I didn’t receive a pop up message…can someone explain why? Thanks!

    • Hey Kristin,

      As long as your entry is tagged properly, published instead of saved as a draft, and was created after the announcement of the contest, you’re entered!

  19. Hello. I published a poem yesterday. I tagged PoetryMonth in the Details, but it still hasn’t appeared on the submissions. I also never received a pop up confirmation.

    • If your entry is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest

      You’re entered! So check those three things!

    • Hey Zoey,

      As long as your entry is tagged correctly, published (not drafted), and created after the announcement of the contest (and before the end of the contest), you are entered!

  20. I published my entry and the popup didn’t show up. To see if it would if I resubmitted the entry, I edited the tag and tried again (to no avail, I might add). However, I saw somewhere that if you edit your entry in any way you become ineligible. Is this a problem?

    • Editing the tag is fine.

      As long as your entry is tagged correctly, published (not drafted), and created after the announcement of the contest (and before the end of the contest), you are entered!

  21. I know you have heard this already many times but I am worried because I published and tagged my poem yesterday and it is not among the entries

    • Hey!

      As long as it is:
      -tagged properly
      -published (not saved as a draft)
      -created after the announcement of the contest

      It’s in there. The order is constantly shifting, so it’s very easy to miss it if you’re flipping through. But it’s in there. Pinky swear!

  22. I entered it on time with the tag and everything but I did not get a popup notice. :/ Does that mean something went wrong and it doesn’t count? Also, when are the winners announced?

    • Hey!

      As long as your entry is tagged properly, created between the announcement and end of the contest, and is published (not saved as a draft), you’re set.

      Winners will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

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