The Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize has been extended to 30 August 2018.

THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 is open to anyone who is passionate about poetry and to and both previously published and unpublished poets. The winner will receive USD$250.00 and three copies of the resulting printed anthology. In addition up to 100 poems will be selected for the anthology, THE ANNUAL, which will be available in digital and hardcopy format from our digital bookstore and on

Information for Entrants

The competition opens 10 February 2018 and closes on 30 August 2018. Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology.  The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology in addition to the cash prize.

In addition, up to 100 highly commended entries will be included in THE ANNUAL ǀ 2018 anthology and will be published in digital and hardcopy form.

The winning entry and highly commended entries will also be published on and on the Her Heart Poetry Instagram community account.

Poems must be the original work of the entrant, previously unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere.  Poems must be no more than 12 lines in length and entrants should ensure that the entry can fit on a single square Instagram post without the need for the caption.

Entries must be typed, double-spaced, and any style or subject will be considered. Each entry must be on a separate page.  The poet’s name must not appear on the typescript. No images will be accepted.

Entries must be written in English.

Entries must be submitted via the submissions portal.  The submissions portal will remain open until 30 August 2018. No entries will be accepted after this date.

Her Heart Poetry Terms apply to all entries.

Entry fee: USD$10.00 per entry, or a discounted fee of USD$20.00 for up to four entries.

Please note: You must be following @herheartpoetry to be eligible to enter.

Judging Criteria

In addition to the guidelines above, the most critical aspect of this competition is an understanding that it is focused on micropoetry. All  poems should be written in this spirit. Although the poet has up to 12 lines, this is not an exercise is seeing how many words will fit into those 12 lines.

The Judges will be looking for concise work that has excellent construction, with clear thought given to word selection, word interplay and imagery. Works that subvert the ordinary and present an interesting or unique perspective and ultimately make the reader feel or experience will be given priority. The panel will also be looking for work that is of a very high standard and work should be free of unintentional grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this open to people from [insert country here]?
Yes, yes, yes!  This is an International poetry competition and all are welcome to enter.  Payment will be made to the winner via PayPal and copies of the anthology sent via international post, so borders are no barrier to entry.

Is there a theme?
We have not set a specific theme. We are looking for your best short work poem/micropoem. Works should be written in this spirit.

I’ve already posted the poem to my Instagram account, can I still enter it?
If you have only posted it to your own Instagram account then we consider this to be ‘unpublished’ and you are able to enter it.

However, if it has been reposted or featured by another account (e.g: Words with Queens, Words with Kings, Open Letters That Matter, Illogical Poem World, By Me Poetry, Poetry Hive, Creative Coeterie etc) or had your work posted on a website, or other publication, then we consider your work to be ‘published’ and you can not enter it.

How many poems can I enter?
You can enter as many poems as you like.  Please note that you will have to pay the associated entry fee for each entry. The entry fee is USD$10.00 per entry, or a discounted fee of USD$20.00 for up to four entries.

What do you mean, ‘fit on a single square Instagram post‘?
Entries are limited to 12 lines or less.  They must also be able to fit on a single square Instagram post. To test this, create a post with your poem on it.  It should be easily read and legible, without the use of the caption.

How is the competition judged and what are the judges looking for?
Entries will be judged blind.  This means we do not know who wrote the poem, or which account they are connected to. All we will have is the words!

What format should my submission be in?
Please use Word or equivalent to write your entry and double space each line. Write it as you wish it be published (particularly if the form is important in the reading). Do NOT put your name or account handle on your submission. Each poem must also be on a separate page. Please put the title of your poem at the top of the page. If your poem does not have a title please write ‘Untitled’ at the top of the page.

When can I submit and where?
Entries must be submitted via the submissions portal.  The submissions portal can be found HERE.

I have a question, what should I do?
If you have a question please contact us.  The best method is to send an email to We want to help you put together the best submission that you can, so if you have a question please contact us prior to submitting. Once you have made your submission we will not be able to discuss the competition with you.


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