Enter your dark and sad poetry into our free-to-enter international poetry competition!
Poets of any age and nationality are welcome to submit their deep, dark poems to the NY Literary Magazine’s contest.

We’re searching for outstanding dark poems including sad poems about death; mournful, deep poems about loss; depressing poems on any subject; sad poems about memories, experiences, lost loved ones; and general emotional, stirring sad poetry.

Read for free our poetry magazines to understand what style poetry we like best and publish.

TEARS Poetry Contest Guidelines

Contest Start date: December 1st, 2016
Contest End date: April 1st, 2017
Prizes: Publication in our print & digital poetry magazine and award seals.

You may enter up to 5 poems into this poetry competition.
Due to COPPA regulations, we can only accept poetry submissions from writers who are 13 years old or older. If you’re younger than 13, please have your parent or legal guardian submit your poetry for you.

We only accept online poetry submissions via this entry form. No email or postal submissions, please!

Enter our Best Dark Poetry Contest!

This contest has closed!

TEARS dark poetry magazine has been published here.



Elizabeth Harding

Elizabeth Harding

Editor-In-Chief at NY Literary Magazine
Elizabeth is our Editor-in-Chief who oversees all the aspects of our online and print publications, as well as managing our team.
She has the final say over what gets published in the magazine and who wins the poetry contests.
Elizabeth Harding