International VoicesNet Poetry Competition
offer the VoicesNet poetry competition each and every calendar month.
contests are free to enter.
must be submitted in English only.
are NOT a Vanity Press.
poem submitted is read and rated by our editorial staff.
Submissions are accepted until the end of the month and are entered in the contest based on the timestamp recorded by the computer when the poem is submitted to our system.
want to give all people an outlet to express themselves in many ways. The VoicesNet
contests are just one of the ways for you to express yourself at VoicesNet®.
can submit your work to us here to be reviewed for publication on our website.
Contestants will be notified by email of the progress of the contest.
Poets of all ages
are eligible and all styles of poetry are acceptable.
How and When to Submit
Submit your poems at any time during a month for that month's contest.
Click here to submit a poem to our poetry contest
We have these basic requirements for poems to be considered for
publication on our "VoicesNet" website .
Poems must be original works of the author submitting the writing.
poet's full name (or pen name), age, country, and an always active email address
must be provided. We notify you of the selection results and ratings via various email addresses coming from the voicesnet.info domain so please make sure you do not block such emails. We will only send you contest related emails for contests that you have entered as late as 30 days after the contest winners are announced on the site.
must be able to be notified via email of the results of the judging of their poem.
There are several criteria
used for acceptance of the writing in to the Final round of judging.
younger poets are judged by less stringent requirements, as the age of the
poet goes up so do the standards for selection.
The judges who read the poems look for originality, rhythm, rhyme, and
audience appeal among other things.
Each poem is first read for content only to make sure it meets the site guidelines. Then a poem is read independently by three separate VoicesNet literary judges. If any one of the judges awards a STAR to the submitted poem, then the poem will go on to the Final Round judging. Final round judging looks at any poems that received a star.
The top three poems are picked from the Final Round judging which only looks at poems that were previously given a star in the initial judging.
also look for poems where the authors really care about the subjects or trivial
subjects approached in a novel way.
are looked at in the categories of: Creativity, English usage, Grammar/Punctuation,
Readability, Pure Entertainment Value, and Cultural Significance.
When will winners be Announced
The Top 3 winners are announced after the 15th and before the end of the following month in the news blog on the VoicesNet.com home page and also listed on the Winners Hall of Fame located on the VoicesNet.org home page. The name of the Top Winner is also now tweeted to our growing number of Twitter followers.
We have received poem submissions in our writing
competitions from more than 100 Countries:
S. A., The United States of America), Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Botswana,
Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, East africa, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Georgian Republic, Germany,
Ghana, Great Britain, Guam, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran,
Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jakarta, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait,
Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, N. Ireland, Namibia, Nepal,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Newfoundland, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Norway, Nova
Scotia, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Republic of
Cameroon, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore,
Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania,
Thailand, The Netherlands, Trinidad, Tobago, Turkey, U.K., Uganda, Ukraine, United
Sates of America, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales, West Africa, West Bengal, West Indies,
Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe