Note: The first poem I entered for the 242nd Poetry Contest won Honorable Mention with Love Like Starlight. You can read that here.
On Facebook, Poetry Nook describes their site as a “Platform to help poets reach a wider audience.” They have an online library of over 300,000 poems and a free weekly poetry contest.
The poetry contest is easy to enter and you get a chance to interact with other poets via the comments. The contest kicks off each week on Monday morning and lasts until Sunday of the same week. They give cash prizes and poems are eligible for Pushcart nomination. Even better? Previously published work is okay.
The prizes are impressive, especially for a free, weekly contest:
• $50 Winning Prize
• $20 for Honorable Mentions
• Eligible for a $1,000 Annual Prize
• Eligible for Pushcart Prize nomination
I entered this week’s with my poem Unfelt Flames of Kate Leone. Enter the 244th week contest yourself here! If you do, let me know in the comments and I’ll come check your entry out.
Another cool feature to help poets get their work out is the fact that they automatically share on social media. I visited the Facebook page after I submitted my poem to the contest and found it posted there. I stumbled across it on Twitter as well. Getting your work in front of nearly 115,000 Poetry Nook fans is worth entering for that reason alone.
Besides tons of poetry in English, they have poetry in other languages as well. I love the Japanese poetry. I can’t read it at all but I do love looking at it. A thesaurus, book store, rhyme finder and poetry related news feed are all good things that kept me browsing and writing.
You do need to make a profile and log in, but that’s also free and ensures a community environment. I’m glad I stumbled across Poetry Nook. I find myself stopping in a few times a week.