Twitter Poetry Contest

View 2021 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

  1. Follow @lunchticket1 on Twitter.
    (Submitters who aren’t following Lunch Ticket won’t be considered.)
  2. Tweet a poem in 280 characters or less and tag @lunchticket1.
    (If your poem is exactly 280 characters and there isn’t enough room in the tweet itself to tag Lunch Ticket, tag us in a comment.)

Submission Guidelines

Please note that:

  • Submitters who aren’t following Lunch Ticket won’t be considered.
  • Poems longer than 280 characters will not be considered.
  • Screenshots, photos, or links to poems will not be considered.
  • Up to 3 submissions per poet are permitted.
  • Poets may only submit from one Twitter account.
  • Previously published work will not be accepted.
  • Winning poems won’t be published in our magazine, though they will be featured on our Twitter Poetry Contest page and on our social media.
  • Each winner must submit a 100-word biography and current photo.

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.