If you have any questions about this poetry contest that are not answered below, send me an Email at James@BestNewPoems.com. Maybe I’ll add your question to this page to help future visitors.
Quick links to the most common questions asked..
Q. How do I enter the free poetry contest?
A. To enter the free poetry contest here at Best New Poems, you click on the link titled “Submission Guidelines”(These links can be found near the top and bottom of every page of the website.). Read the guidelines for the poetry contest that you find there very carefully. Then, click the link titled “Submit A Poem” at the bottom of that webpage. This will give you access to the form for submitting your best new poem to this free international poetry contest.
Q. When does the poetry contest end?
A. The yearly contest ends at the end of the year. The last poem in the annual contest will be featured on December 14th to be judged. December 15th through December 21st, I analyze the results to determine the winner of the annual poetry contest. Then, I announce the 10 most popular poems of the year, one per day, re-featuring the 10th most popular poem of the year on December 22nd and ending with the most popular poem of the year and winner of the annual poetry contest on Dec. 31st.
Q. How are the poems judged?
A. The poems will be judged by the poetry fans that visit the Best New Poems website to read them. The most popular poem of the year wins the cash prize. Popularity will be based on several different deciding factors that I can not share with anyone. Sharing these factors would only make it possible for someone to cheat, so I will take the exact formula to my grave..
If I cannot calculate which poems are truly the best because people are trying to influence the deciding factors in their favor, the quality of the poems featured in the annual top ten lists 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!
Q. Is this poetry contest limited to poets in certain countries?
A. No, as long as your poem is written in the English language and it meets the submission guidelines, you are free to submit one of your best new poems.
Q. Can I post comments on poems featured the previous month?
A. Unfortunately no, comments are disabled after 8 days on all of the poems that are featured for the poetry contest.
Q. How do I vote for a poem?
A.Here at BestNewPoems.com, nothing is considered as a “vote”. There are over a dozen factors that I consider when calculating the popularity of a poem. Likes and shares are just the tip of the iceberg and only represent a small portion of a poems overall popularity score. I will never tell anyone what all the factors are, or exactly how much influence each factor has on a poems popularity score. By doing this, my scoring system cannot be gamed.