Twitter Poetry Contest

View the 2019 Winners

About the Contest

Of all the global communities for art, Twitter allows a conversational space for poetry. The connections we make online and through networks such as school support the fellowship our work thrives on. Writers can’t always travel or afford academia, but the internet welcomes everyone. So we’re bringing the community to them, taking flight to the Twittersphere and opening up our mission of giving voice to those have been underrepresented or historically misrepresented and/or writing that engages with issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. Enjoy this smorgasbord of flavors.

How to Submit

Submitter must be following @lunchticket1 on Twitter. To enter the contest, send a screenshot of your poem via reply tweet to our Twitter Poetry Contest Call for Submissions flyer. Up to 3 submissions per poet are permitted. Poets may only submit from one Twitter account. To win, poem must follow our mission. Simultaneous submissions to both our contest and our main issue will not be permitted. Please note that previously published work will not be accepted.

Winning poems are selected once a month, 12 months a year. Each winner must submit a 100-word biography and current photo. Selected poets will be published on our Twitter Poetry Contest page, and pinned to our Twitter page for the remainder of the month. Contest winners must wait 1 year following their selection before qualifying for submission.

Our Policy

Lunch Ticket’s Twitter Poetry Contest is dedicated to upholding the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses code of ethics, defined as such:

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage.