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This is Sad Girl Diaries, an online literary magazine for young adult women to connect with their inner girlhood. We showcase new poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction all year round.

We are running a poetry contest where you can enter up to 3 poems for a chance to win a $250, $150 or $100 cash prize. We're looking for poems exploring the human experience and emotion.

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2024 Winter Poetry Contest


1st Place - $250

2nd Place - $150

3rd Place - $100

All winning poems will be published online in the Sad Girl Diaries Magazine.


Contest Description:

Welcome to the Winter Poetry Contest! We want to see emotional poetry that explores what it means to be human. Please check out a few poems from the 'Magazine' section of this site to get a feel for the types of poems we publish. We look forward to seeing what you have to offer.


Submissions for this contest will close on March 31, 2024 and the winner will be announced on April 30, 2024 on our website and via email.

We charge a reading fee of $16 per submission. We also offer options to receive feedback on your submission for an additional charge. Feedback is given by one of our editors who holds an MFA in creative writing.


Please submit your work and adhere to the following guidelines:

  • You may submit up to 3 poems.

  • Please send your poems in a single Word Document.

  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but only unpublished work will be considered for this contest. Please withdraw your submission if it's accepted elsewhere.

  • Multiple entries are allowed.

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