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Registration deadline: April 17, 2020.
The 2020 contest took place April 24-26, 2020


2020 winners

We are thrilled to announce the results of this year's 2-Day Poem Contest, which saw the highest number of participants the contest has ever had. Thank you to our judge, Jocelyn Anderson, and to all who participated!

Congratulations to all of the winners! Our judge this year was Jocelyn Anderson (who won first place in the 2019 contest) and the ten words for 2020 were bootlegging, lethargy, eggplant, bin, paperback, carapace, muscle, octothorpe, peristeronic, and vinegar.

Without further ado, here are the winners of CV2's 2020 2-Day Poem Contest:

First Place: "Backwater" by Halle Gulbrandsen

Second Place: "The Last Block in Little India" by Roshni Riar

Third Place: "Silverton, July 2007" by Abigail Cowan

Editor’s Choice: "Welwitschia" by Chelene Knight

Editor’s Mom’s Choice: "To Twitter, with Love" by Katie Stobbart

People’s Choice: "Products of Scientific Notation" by Sarah Wishloff

You can read the winning poems here.

Our next 2-Day Poem Contest will be held in April 2021. Until next time!


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 24th, 2020, (when Friday becomes Saturday), 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.


The 2020 contest is over. The contest takes place yearly in April.

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. (If you’ve already registered and only need to pay, click here to pay.)

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 24th (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.



Official 2-Day Poet's Rules

Contest fees

You must be registered and pay the contest fee in order to submit your poem for judging. The registration deadline for 2020 is April 17, 2020. If you aren't registered, feel free to play along, but your poem will not be considered. This contest takes place yearly in April.

"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 Mom’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. The 10 words will lead you to new creative places - and a poem you never would have written otherwise.

Winning poems from previous years