2 Day Poem Contest 2014

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Registration deadline: Closed for 2015!
The 2016 contest will take place April 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. This year, the words were released at midnight, Friday April 10th, 2015 CDT (when Friday becomes Saturday), leaving contestants 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 featuring the winners, not to mention a whole weekend of wordy entertainment.

The 2015 contest is now over. The 2016 contest will run in April 2016 and registration will open several months in advance. 



The time of reckoning is here.

By now, all contestants must have submitted their poems! Now we enter deliberation. The 2015 winners and their winning poems will be posted on the website by July 1, 2015. We will also have the People's Choice shortlist up at that time for you to read and vote on. Thank you so much to all participants for making this weekend so creative, and, if we may be a little sentimental, for making this contest so much fun year after year!

Contest rules

You must use each of these words at least once in the composition of an original poem:


You have 48 hours to complete your poem and submit it to CV2 magazine by email, no later than 12AM (CDT) April 13, 2015.

There is a countdown clock above at the top of this page. Please note that you must refresh the webpage in order to get the accurate time. Another option is to refer to the World Clock Timezone Converter. The contest closes at 12AM CDT on April 13, 2015 (Winnipeg time).

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

Composing your Poem

Submitting your Poem

...And more:


Q: Can I hyphenate the word?
A: Yes, hyphenation is allowed, since this use does not alter the word or its definition, only links it to its noun.

Q: When submitting my poem, do I put my name on the submission?
A: No, please do not include your name anywhere on the document that contains your poem. You may name the file with your name and poem title, ex: "JaneSmith-RelishInTheMorning.doc".

Q: If I use the word in the title, does that count?
A: Words can be used in the title, but must also be used in the body of the poem.

Q: Can I capitalize a word and make it a proper noun?
A: Yes, and no. You can capitalize words, but you cannot make the word into a proper noun. For example, "bob" (v.) cannot become Uncle Bob.


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.


Not sold yet?

Read the winning poems from last year's contest.