Thursday, November 20, 2014


Fellow poets,

Some people —myself  included— have claimed there’s no money in poetry. In a broad sense, that is true. However, there are always exceptions to the rules, and it’s a fact this will be the 9th year that Writer’s Digest awards a cash prize to the winner of their only poetry-specific writing competition. In fact, one poem will earn one poet $1,000 cash, publication in Writer’s Digest magazine, and more.

What could you do with $1,000? For a poem you wrote?

I’ve long been leery of contests that don’t offer some tangible benefit to writers for entering, whether they win or lose. That’s why I’m excited to announce everyone who enters this contest will gain access to a live webinar titled “Find More Readers and Success With Your Poetry” that will be taught by me and incorporate things I’ve learned first hand over the years, as well as lessons learned and shared with me by other poets. This webinar will take place at 1:00 PM EST on December 15th. Entrants that cannot attend the live event will gain access to a recorded version.

In this live webinar, you’ll discover:
  • How to get poems published.
  • Why blogs can benefit poets.
  • How to use social media with a purpose.
  • 5 tips for reading poems in public.
  • Why to build and how to use contact lists.
  • The power of poetry organizations.
  • And more.

These live webinars usually run $79 to $99, but you will receive access just for entering the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. That alone is a great deal, but remember: You’ll be entering your best poem for a chance to win $1,000—or one of 24 other prizes (there are awards for the top 25 poems).

Win or lose, you’ll receive a great deal. But somebody has to win that $1,000 cash, and it might as well be you. Enter your poem today, because the deadline is November 21, 2014.

Good luck and see you at the live webinar!


Robert Lee Brewer
Senior Content Editor, Writer’s Digest Writing Community

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