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The Garden Party Collective presents: Poetry Contests! 


Each year, the GPC will host a variety of poetry contests—with each member of the collective having the opportunity to host a contest theme dear to their heart!


Like our Chapbook Contest, these opportunities will always be FREE to enter and feature MULTIPLE winners to maximize gratitude! 


Poetry Contest Details

SUBMISSION PERIOD: When our next contest is open, please send your submissions to:


  • At least 3 poems will be picked as winners by the lead judge and the collective, with featured publication and promotion!

  • Each winning poet will have their choice between 1) a $50 payment, or 2) choosing a charity of their choice (either in their community or we can share a small list of reputable choices), which GPC will match for a total donation of $100!

    • Much love to Concīs for their charity-donation model as our inspiration 


All submission entries should be accompanied by a 2-4 sentence bio with any relevant links in the body of the email. Please attach your poetry contest manuscript as a pdf / doc / docx to the email.


  • Entries must be ~3 pages max, with up to 3 poems

    • IE—at maximum, you can submit a single 3-page poem, OR three 1-page poems, OR a 2-pager and a 1-pager, etc.

  • ​Please start each poem on a new page

  • No previously published work

  • All styles are welcome—traditional, experimental, hybrid, etc.

  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please keep us in the loop if you hear back elsewhere 

  • Please include your pronouns in your bio/submission so we can properly refer to you <3​

  • & one entry per person, please

Any entry received after the selected dates will not be considered for publication. We read every manuscript, and will select our winners within two months of submissions!​

Thank you for your trust in us!!! 

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