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Academy Of American Poets’ Contest

This prestigious national competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Poems can be published, unpublished, or under consideration elsewhere.


November 1 to January 15

Link for submitting entries

  • Submit 1-3 poems (no more than 5 pages total). Be sure that your name does not appear on the poems themselves.
  • Poems must be written in English and the original work of the writer (no translations).
  • No more than one submission per student. Multiple entries will disqualify all.
  • Poems must be in PDF or DOCX format.
  • Poems can be single or double-spaced.
  • Poems submitted to this contest cannot be simultaneously submitted to other BYU poetry contests.
  • The contest is open to all BYU undergraduate and graduate students who are full-time during fall or winter semesters.
  • Previous first-place winners in this contest are ineligible to enter again.
  • Poems will be judged anonymously and all decisions will be final.
  • One prize of $300 will be awarded for a single poem.
  • Winner may be notified via telephone and/or E-mail. All others will receive E-mail notification only.