2021 TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest

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The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website.

TCK Publishing is recognizing poetry writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite you to join the 2021 TCK Publishing Poetry Contest.

How the Contest Works

  1. Any writer (regardless of who your publisher is or if your work has been previously published) may submit up to five poems totaling no more than 500 words for an entry fee of $5.
  2. You must purchase your entry here (you can purchase as many entries as you like if you choose to enter multiple submissions).
  3. After you purchase your entry, you will be asked to complete a short Google Form to complete your submission so you can submit your poem(s) on that page.
  4. All entrants will be notified through a confirmation email from TCK Publishing.
  5. Submissions will open on November 1, 2020.
  6. Submissions will close on March 31, 2021.
  7. Declaration of winner and awarding of prize will be on April 21, 2021.
  8. The winner will be notified through an email from the TCK Publishing Poetry Contest committee.

Early Registration is Now Open

Note: If you would like to purchase multiple submissions, simply click the “+” button on the right side of the registration page to add additional submissions.


Can I mail in my submission?

No. We only accept digital submissions. Once you purchase your entry for the contest, you’ll be given clear instructions on how to submit your poem.

Can I submit my poem online?


Can I submit a poem that has previously been published?


What if the poet’s work was published by a literary magazine and the poet doesn’t own the rights?

Yes. Even though the poet no longer has the rights for the poem, she can still submit it as long as she’s the one who wrote the poem.

Should I include acknowledgments or publication credits?

No. Simply submit your poem in full without any additional credits.

Which genres of poems are acceptable to submit?

We accept all submissions regardless of genre or theme, so let your creativity shine through your work!

Can I submit a translation of my poem (in English)?

Yes. Just make sure you have secured the all rights to the translation of your work.

Do I have to live in the United States to enter?

No. You may submit your poem from any country in the world.

Can I enter more than once?

Yes, you may enter as many times as you would like but you will have to pay the $5 entry fee for each submission.

How do I submit multiple entries that I have paid for?

You will be sent to a Google form to fill out in order to enter the contest. You should fill out the form one time for every entry you have purchased so that each of your entries are logged separately and accurately.

Can I send my manuscript by email?

No. You must submit online through an online form by following the instructions once you purchase your entry.

Are there any additional entry fees?

No! Because we do not use Submittable, we do not have to pass on additional fees to entrants, so you will only have to pay $5 exactly per entry.

Who is the selection judge?

Kaelyn Barron

Who are the final judges?

Everyone working at TCK Publishing at the time the winner’s selection is made.

Contest Procedures

When your submission arrives, it will be logged into our TCK Publishing Poetry Prize database automatically with Google Forms. Mark Buctuanon will remove all identifying names before forwarding the poems to the selection judge. In this way, the judges will make their decision based solely on the poems, without any knowledge of who the authors are.

The selection judge will select twenty finalists from which to select the winner. Then the final judges (that’s all of our team at TCK Publishing, excluding the team member who removed the names) will review the twenty finalist entries and select the winner.

The judges agree not to select any submissions that present any conflict of interest.


If you have any additional questions, please contact us using the form below with the subject line “Poetry Awards Contest.”

Other Contests from TCK Publishing

You can also check out the 2021 Reader’s Choice Book Awards Contest if you have a book that you would like to enter into the contest (Note: The Reader’s Choice Book Awards Contest is free to enter for all authors).

If you’re looking to enter more poetry contests, you can browse our list of poetry contests to find other opportunities.