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2024 Poetry Contest

A cancer diagnosis can transform a person’s life in an instant, and often, patients, caregivers and survivors turn to art for peace and healing. We invite you to submit your poem(s) for the 2024 Poetry Contest now through March 31 for a chance to be featured in the Summer Issue of CURE® Magazine. All poetry submissions will be posted below upon receiving.

To be considered for the contest, please follow these directions:

  • Send your submission to by March 31 as an attachment in a Word document and include "Poetry Contest" in the subject line.
  • Document should include your name, title of poem, poem, and a short explanation of why you submitted your work and how it relates to your cancer experience.
  • Poet can submit more than one poem but will only win for one piece if selected.
  • The poem(s) must be submitted by, and attributed to, its creator(s).

Three winners will be selected by a committee of CURE® staff members. Winners to be announced by April 15.

Cure reserves the right to edit submissions for clarity, content, and length and in accordance with Cure’s style guide and standards. By submitting your work to Cure, you acknowledge that the ownership of the copyright rights in any edited version belong to Cure as an original creation of a derivative work. You also acknowledge that if you submit work elsewhere, you will not have the right to use Cure’s edited version without Cure’s prior written permission.

CURE® accepts submissions of personal essays from readers relating to their own cancer experience. Submission of your work to CURE® does not guarantee publication. CURE® does not offer compensation for general submissions.

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