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!

The 2016 2-Day Poem Contest winners have been chosen and their winning poems are now published on our website. The People's Choice voting is now closed and "Amber Alert" by Michael Fraser is the winner in the People's Choice category. 

Read the winning poems


The winning poems of this year's contest will be published in our Fall issue, coming out in October 2016.

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.


The 10 words for 2016 were



Contest fees

"Play & Read" discount - $26. Includes registration plus a 1-year subscription 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