Hi, my name is James Allen, and I am a web designer in Illinois. I started this free poetry contest in July of 2011 to give aspiring poets a platform to present their best new poems and gain feedback from other poets and poetry fans alike while competing for a real cash prize.
In my opinion, the ultimate free poetry contest would be totally free to enter without any catches or being bombarded with advertisements in your mailbox or Email. It would have a cash prize for the winning poem. And, it would also be judged by 1000′s of poetry fans, like me and you, to ensure that an unbiased and consensual decision is made when selecting a winner.
Using the technology that the internet gives us today, I have managed to create that free poetry contest!
How It Works…
Poets Enter The Free Poetry Contest
You can read the submission guidelines and submit a poem to the free poetry contest here. The first 350 poets to submit a qualifying poem to the annual poetry contest will have their poem featured on the homepage to be judged by the poetry fans that visit this site.
Poetry Fans Help Judge The Free Poetry Contest
You can help determine the winning poem by Facebook “Liking” Tweeting, Pinning, sharing, or leaving a comment for the poems featured for the poetry contest that you enjoy throughout the year. Helping to judge the free poetry contest qualifies you for cash prize drawings and it is totally free to participate.
An Annual Winning Poem Is Determined
Obviously, Likes, Tweets, Pins, shares, and comments are all factors that I consider when I calculate a poem entry’s popularity. However, how much influence each factor has is a secret. There are several other totally secret factors that I calculate and consider as well. I will take all of these secrets to my grave.. If I cannot calculate which poems are truly the best new poems because of people influencing the deciding factors in their poem entry’s favor, the quality of the poems featured in the annual top ten lists would suffer and probably would not be worth reading to the average poetry fan. That would render this poetry contest useless, and I will not be having any of that nonsense!