20th annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest


Posted on 5 April 2022

Submissions open:
15 April 2022

Submissions close:
30 September 2022

Who may enter
Authors from all countries are eligible to enter the competition except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions).

Short description

The competition is organized by Winning Writers

You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each.

Poems must be written in English. 

You may submit the same poem simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit poems that have been published or won prizes elsewhere.

Entry fee 
$20 per submission of 1-3 poems.


• The $3,000 Tom Howard Prize will be awarded for a poem in any style or genre.
• The $3,000 Margaret Reid Prize will be awarded for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style.
• Ten Honorable Mention awards of $200 each will also be made (any style).

Competition website
For further information visit the official competition website.