We thank all the talented poets who submitted their lovely poetry to the NY Literary Magazine! Our Editors enjoyed reading through the several hundred submissions, and are excited to present you with the winners of our Best Poetry Contest of September!

Winners of the Dark, Sad Poetry Contest Category

1st place winner: “I” by Jim Miller
2nd place winner: “Unleashed” by Joy S. J. Edwards
3rd place winner: “Figments” by Luc D’hertefelt

Winners of the Heartbreak Poetry Category

1st place winner: “GoodBye” by Randeep Singh
2nd place winner: “Lonely Girl (Shooting Star)” by Akshat Thakur

Winners of the Poems about Life Category

1st place winner: “The Refugee” by Sohail Dahdal
2nd place winner: “The Balanced Book” by Marie Hanna Curran
3rd place winner: “The Only Picture that Survived the Fire” by Shawna Mayer

Winners of the Poems about Death Category

1st place winner: “My Brother” by Walker Andreasen

Winners of the Poems with Deep Meaning Category

1st place winner: “Symbolism” by Eunice-Grace Domingo
2nd place winner: “Je Suis La Lune” by Keri Marable

Winners of the Uplifting Inspirational Poetry Category

1st place winner: “Push” by Stephen McGurk

The poetry contest winners (along with several of the finalists) have been published in our print and digital “ECHOES” modern poetry anthology. Read “ECHOES” for free here.
The winners and finalists may download their digital award seals below to share on their blog/Facebook/twitter/ Instagram etc.

The “5 Star Writer” award is bestowed by the NY Literary Magazine upon excellent writers to honor an outstanding poem or story they wrote. All the finalists who have been published on our website and/or in our magazine are awarded the “5 Star Writer” award.

The NY Literary Magazine is searching for creative, new talent for our next poetry collection!
Are you a talented poet? Submit your poems for free to our literary magazine, and enter our next poetry competition for a chance to be published.
We also accept short story submissions from both emerging and established writers.

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