2 Day Poem Contest 2014

Write under pressure
Win prizes
Get published

Registration deadline: April 4, 2016 at midnight
The 2016 contest will take place April 9-10, 2016


What is the 2-Day Poem Contest?

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 CDT on Friday April 8th, 2016, 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. Play & Read! A whole year of CV2's exceptional poetry, feature interviews, and critical writing.


Register here

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 CDT on Friday April 8th (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 CDT Sunday.


Contest fees

"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.


Contest prizes

First Prize: $500 plus a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.

Second Prize: $300 plus a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.

Third Prize: $150 plus a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine.

Editor’s Choice: one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine

Editor’s Dad’s Choice: a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine

People’s Choice: a one-year subscription and publication in CV2 magazine

Winners in all categories will also be published online.

Everyone who registers for the contest gets a copy of the issue featuring the winners. (International residents note that your issue may arrive up to 6 weeks after publication date.)


Contest rules

At 12:00am CDT on April 8 (when Friday, April 8 becomes Saturday, April 9) CV2 sends a list of 10 words to registered participants by email. Participants then have 2 days (48 hours) to write their best poem using each word at least once. The final poem may not exceed 48 lines. Poem entries must be submitted to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) prior to the deadline. Winners will be notified by July 1, 2016 and their names and winning poems will be posted on the CV2 website. 



Connect online

Want to share your inspirations, frustrations and any other ations? We have a Facebook event page set up for the contest, and we're using #2DayPoemContest on the Twitters and the Instagrams to post about the secret world of poetry contests, and, we admit, occasional cats.


What's unique about this contest?

It's a contest that challenges you to write under pressure! Using the 10 words can lead you to creative places you might not have gone to otherwise.

Winning poems from previous years