Open Poetry Contest

OpenPoetryContestThe Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry, Locust Grove, announces an open poetry contest, with poems on any theme and in any style.

This is a writing challenge for all of you people who like to write poetry but don’t want to fit it to a specific theme. This is OPEN! ROMP contests are always FREE to enter.

Cash prizes and publication will be awarded. There will be a poetry reading and celebration in October. The contest is open to anyone anywhere.

$700 CASH PRIZES in 4 Categories:
K-5th * 6th-12th * Adult * Professional (published poet)

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Anyone can enter.
  2. Poems can be in any style, on any theme.
  3. Maximum length: 100 lines.
  4. Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed.
  5. One poem per person.
  6. Previous winning poems submitted to ROMP cannot be submitted again.
  7. A signed Entry Form or online form must be filled out and turned in with the poem.

Contest Evaluation Criteria:

Poems will be judged based on these criteria: imagery, creativity, poetic language & techniques, and development of theme.

To Submit:                   DEADLINE: October 10, 2020

  1. Mail your poem with THIS ENTRY FORM.


2. Submit your poem through the online form below.

Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry PO Box 1243 Locust Grove OK 74352

Please keep a copy of your poem for your records.


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at this event on Sat., Oct. 24. Need not be present to win:

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