2 Day Poem Contest 2014

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Registration deadline: Registration is closed for 2016
The next contest will take place in April 2017


It's a wrap for 2016!

This year's 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced by July 1, 2016. Editor's Choice and Editor's Dad's Choice winners will also be announced at that time and the winning poems in those categories will be posted on the website.

Voting for the People's Choice category will begin July 1 as well, and you then have 5 days to cast your vote!

We will send out an email to all of this year's participants when the winners are announced. The winning poems of this year's contest will be published in our Fall issue, coming out in October.

But, of course, the most important thing about the 2-Day contest is that you had fun. In the words of Walt Whitman, Do anything, but let it produce joy.

Is that it?

Never! The contest will run again next year in April, 2017. A few months before, we will send out an email to let you know when registration reopens. If you enjoyed yourself this year, make sure to tell your friends!


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.


Registration is now closed for 2016. 

If you didn't register in time, join us next year! Our 2-Day Poem Contest is an annual spring event. Sign up for CV2's mailing list and you'll get reminders about upcoming contests along with submission calls and poetry fixes. Sign up for our mailing list.

Step 2 PAY

Payment is now closed for 2016. 

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.


Full contest rules

You have from 12 AM, (CDT, Winnipeg time) April 9, 2016 to 12 AM (CDT) April 11, 2016 (48 hours) to write your best poem, using all 10 words listed below.

The list of words will be available on our website for the duration of the contest period.

Each word must be used at least once in the body of the final entry. Words may be used in the title, but must also appear in the body of the poem.

Each word must be spelled exactly as provided. Words provided should not be altered in any way. Tense changes, suffixes, plurals, etc. are not permitted, although caps and lowercase uses are both permitted.

The words may not be used as proper nouns.

Each word must be used in proper context to qualify. If you are unsure what a word means, look the word up in a dictionary. If a word has multiple meanings you may decide which meaning to use. If you use the word more than once in the poem, the meaning of the word does not necessarily have to be the same.

Submitted poems may not exceed 48 lines of text not including the title. Stanza breaks DO NOT count as lines, nor does the title.

Only one poem may be entered per participant.

Racist, homophobic or defamatory writing will be disqualified.


Submitting Your Poem:

All poems must be submitted prior to the closing deadline of 12 AM (CDT) on Monday.

Completed poems must be sent as an attachment to contests@contemporaryverse2.ca. Word documents (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) are acceptable file formats.

Please put “Submission: 2 Day Poem Contest” in the subject line of your email.

Include your full name and the title of your poem in the body of your email.

DO NOT include your name anywhere in your poem attachment (judging for the contest is blind).

CV2 will confirm receipt of your poem. Early entries will be confirmed by Sunday evening. While we try to confirm receipt as soon as possible, be aware that if you submit close to the deadline you may not receive your confirmation email until after the contest closes.

Once a poem has been received and acknowledged by CV2, revisions to that poem will not be permitted.

(Note: If you can’t save as a word document or rich text format, you can paste your poem in the body of the email.)


Other Instructions:

Check the website countdown clock to see how much time remains for you in your timezone. We use Winnipeg time, which is in the Central Daylight Time zone.

Judging of the poems will be blind. The Judges' decisions will be final.

We will periodically check our email to answer questions, should they arise. Please direct inquiries to contests@contemporaryverse2.ca.

Words for the 2016 2-Day Poem Contest can be found in most dictionaries. We will be using dictionary.com to settle any disputes regarding word meaning/usage.

Please note that CV2 cannot be held responsible for misdirected email, server difficulties, or power outages that may occur during the contest period.

Contest registration fees are non-refundable after the registration deadline. Winners will be notified by email and their names will be posted on our website http://www.contemporaryverse2.ca.


The 10 words for 2016 are



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.


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.)

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