Write under pressure
2-Day Poem Contest 2014
Registration deadline: April 4, 2014 at midnight CST
The 2014 contest will take place April 12-13, 2014
This annual contest challenges you to write an original poem in 48 hours — with only one catch. The final poem must include ten words that we provide. These words are released at midnight, Friday April 11th, leaving you 48 hours to use each of them at least once in an original poetry composition. Prizes include cash, publication, and a copy of the issue containing the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.
It's easy to enter. The registration and payment buttons below will take you through the process. Be sure to provide your permanent, active email address in order to receive the 10 words without a hitch when the contest opens.
By registering, you have the opportunity to take advantage of our Play & Read discount, which includes a 1-year subscription to CV2 magazine for only $10. This 60% discount is only available to contest entrants, and can be used to start a new subscription or renew your existing subscription. Play & Read! A whole year of CV2's exceptional poetry, feature interviews, and critical writing.
Step 1 › REGISTER
Step 2 › PAY
After submitting your registration form, you will reach the payment screen. Select the Play & Read discount for $26 (includes 1-year subscription), or registration only for $16.
Step 3 › PLAY
Prior to the contest, we'll send you full contest details and confirm the accessibility of your email address. At midnight on Friday April 11th (when Friday becomes Saturday) we'll send you the list of 10 words. You will have 2 days to compose your poem, submitting it by email by 11:59 pm Sunday.
"Play & Read" discount - $26. Includes registration plus a 1-year subscription (or extension) to CV2 magazine. You save over 60% off our standard subscription price.
Registration only - $16.
- 1st place: $500
- 2nd place: $300
- 3rd place: $150
All three winners and three honourable mentions receive paid publication in the print journal, a 1-year subscription, and publication on our website.
Everyone who registers for the contest gets a copy of the issue featuring the winners.
Want to read last year's winning poems? First, second and third place were chosen by the 2013 judge, Katia Grubisic (winner of the 2012 contest). This year we also added Editor's Choice, Editor's Mom's Choice and People's Choice.