Poetry Matters Project

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Whether you are a published poet, have never written a poem, or have the writing of a poem on your bucket list, the Poetry Matters Project invites you to take the “2022 Poetry Month Challenge”!  This is  where participants challenge their friends, and family to submit a poem, of no more than 30 lines in 30 days. Entries can be posted here. You can send your entry as an audio recording, mp3, or video file. Document files will be requested from winners only this year.

 You must be at least thirteen years of age to enter. There is no cost to submit your poem to the “ 2022 Poetry Month Challenge.” Only one entry will be allowed per contestant and must be original works that have never been published.  

Submission Period

 Entries will be accepted until April 30, 2022

Prize Categories:

Young Poets: 2 Categories

Middle School Students: now know as Dave Drake Literary Prize

Middle schoolers must provide contact email of a parent or guardian before submission is accepted.

High School Students: now known as Gerald Knight Literary Prize

Adult Poets: now known as Spring Robinson/Mahogany Red Lit Prize

Poets between the age of 20 and 60 years old: this category includes college aged students.

Seasoned Poets:  61 years and older. Working on a title for this prize. Any suggestions?


Entries will be assessed by three judges, to whom the poets will not be identified (blind judging).


Anyone, anywhere may submit. 

Entry Fees: Contest is free to enter

Submission Guidelines:

1. All work must be original and previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. 

2. Submit one reading of your poem. No identifying information should be on the reading entry.  Submit entry as a video or audio file.

3. All participants agree to be subjects of press releases and media stories about their work and the contest. 

4. Your submission is an agreement that should your entry win; you will provide a document of your winning entry as soon as notification of your placement as a winner of the contest has posted.

5. All submissions should include 

• your name

• postal address

• phone number

• email address

• school name and address with name of school principal listed                               

  • your submission title(s),
• and a short, publishable bio of approximately 50 words. 

Submissions not following these criteria will be disqualified. 

Questions: Email all questions regarding your entry to  info@poetrymattersproject.org. 

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DEADLINE: Your poem must be submitted through submittable by April 30, 2022.

We subscribe to the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses Contest Code of Ethics. CLMP's community of independent publishers believe that ethical contest serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing.

 We believe the intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end we agree to:

Conduct our contest as ethically as possible. Provide clear and specific contest guidelines/defining conflict of interest for all parties involved. Make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public.

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