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Cape Cod Poetry Contest: Deadline November 1

With October come and nearly gone, the autumnal beauty overtaking Cape Cod is hard to deny. The leaves are shades of yellow, orange and red. The air is beginning to get a slight bitter chill and preparations for winter are starting. In our October poems, we relish in the beauty of the "bared and bended arm of Massachusetts," as Henry David Thoreau said, appreciating the natural wonders this stretch of land has to offer.

Captured in the poems below is a true testament to what makes Cape Cod so wonderful. If you ever find yourself penning a line or two or if writing poetry is an act you hold dear, consider submitting your work to our poetry contest.

Each month, a panel of professional poets judges our Cape Cod Poetry contest, and a few winners get to see their work published in the paper.

How to enter the Cape Cod Times Poetry Contest

Cape Cod Times monthly poetry contest needs your poems to stay vital. We thank our volunteer judges and coordinator. Here’s how to send us your work:

  • Submit one poem single-spaced, of 35 lines or fewer per month.

  • Poems cannot be previously published (in print or online).

  • Deadline for the next submission is Nov. 1, 2023.

  • Submit by email to

Poems should be free of hate speech and expletives (profanity, vulgarity, obscenity).

In the body of the e-mail, send your contact information: name, address, phone number and title of poem; then, in a Word Doc attachment, include poem without your name or any other personal info, so that the poem can be judged anonymously.

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