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Summer Fireflies Writing contest 2024

Summer Fireflies Writing contest 2024

The clouds have lifted, the flowers have bloomed, and it is finally Summertime! Somehow even in the darkest of times, Summer brings joy: beach days, long nights, and fireflies. This Summer Fireflies challenge sounds simple, but see if you agree: write a happy poem.

This can be a poem of any length, form, or content as long as it can be described as joyful. It can be true or fanciful, long or short, vague or specific. Happiness exists in a variety of appearances and forms, and thus so can your poem. Emotions tend to beg to be captured on the page during our most angry and sad times, but this also indicates how important it is to bring out joy. Take out your firefly-catching jars, and capture your brightest moments of laughter, hope, love, and of course, happiness. Don’t forget to read our judging criteria and Terms and Conditions before making the submission.


1. All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
2. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title).
3. The participant must be 18 years old or above at the time of submitting the work with us.
4. Poems must be in English. One poem per poet.
5. Poems must be the entrant’s original work.
6. Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, or made public on social media, broadcast, or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 January 2024.

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