Write under pressure
Registration deadline: Closed for 2015!
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. 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 9-10, 2016 and registration will open several months in advance.
The 2015 winners have been announced!
Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants who finished their poems by the deadline! This year's judge was Annick MacAskill, a previous winner of the 2014 2-Day Poem Contest. This year, we also have winning poems in the "Editor's Choice" and "Editor's Dad's Choice" categories.
There's more! We've also published a "People's Choice" shortlist on our website for you. Read and cast your vote for your favourite poem. Voting will close at the end of day on July 5, 2015. The poem with the most votes will remain on our website and will be published along with the rest of the winning poems in an upcoming issue of CV2.
"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.
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.
What comes out of 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 alone. Get inspired!
Read the winning poems from previous years' contests.