Poetry Lights 2023 Global Poetry Award

Submission Guidelines

In 2023, we will make an award of $150 and a seven (7) page feature to one poet in our exclusive, yearly magazine, Poetry Lights, published in December 2023.

Two winners will receive $25 and one poem featured in Poetry Lights 2023 magazine.

The awards will be paid out via CashApp. Our award offer is unrestricted cash, which the recipient can use as they see fit.

Our process of selecting a winner is centered on the strength and passion of the submitted work and writer portfolio.


To be eligible, the applicant must be 18 or older, and be able to receive payment through the applicable payment channels.

Who Should Apply

Writers and artists who are above the age of 18; who write and create with a deep passion for creativity. We are looking for work that is completely unpublished. You may submit art along with your poems. The art should be of a high quality and solely created by the applicant. We are looking for top quality work. We accept global submissions. We welcome cultural diversity.

You must submit the following:

Writer statement. Please give us a concise statement of your work and goals as a creative. This should not be a resume or a list of accomplishments. We want a description of what compels and inspires your work. What are your muses? Please do not exceed 500 words.

Writer bio. This should be a complete and professional bio of 1-2 paragraphs.

Poetry: A minimum of ten (10) complete poems. The applicant understands not all poems will be chosen.

We do not accept HORROR, GORE, EROTICA or otherwise GRAPHIC literature.

Language: Poems should be submitted in English


WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT: December 1, 2023 (payout within five (5) days of announcement)

Application Fee

Our application fee is $5 USD. 100% of this fee goes to the winner payout and our Poetry Lights magazine production. This fee ensures that at least two jurors will review each application and you will be considered fairly. Click below to pay your application fee and begin the submission process.

Pay your submission fee and submit your work.