Metaphor Dice

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Golden Die Contest & Anthology

Sponsored by Metaphor Dice and Button Poetry 

The Golden Die Contest will award a prize of $1,000 to the best poem written using Metaphor Dice. Additionally, a student winner will receive $500 and 25 sets of Metaphor Dice. All poems submitted to this contest will automatically be considered for publication in Poetry by Chance: An Anthology Powered by Metaphor Dice to be published by Button Poetry in 2023. 

If you're not familiar with Metaphor Dice, they are a writing tool that randomly groups CONCEPTS, ADJECTIVES, and OBJECTS together to form metaphors and similes worthy of consideration and exploration (for example, "My father is a broken mirror"). You don't have to own a set of Metaphor Dice to enter the contest, but your poem must be based on words that exist on the actual dice. The complete list of the official words is available here. 

General Guidelines

  • Submission period is open until April 30, 2022
  • One entry = one document = one poem = one fee. Enter as many times as you want.
  • Open to poets all over the world. 
  • All poems written by people 18 and older should come via the Adult Submission form below. All poems written by those 17 and younger should come via the Student Submission form. A teacher, parent, or guardian may submit poems through their own Submittable account on behalf of a student with the understanding that if the poem is accepted, they will facilitate the collection of a signed parental consent form prior to publication.
  • Keep all names and other identifying details off any document that contains a poem. 
  • The entry fee is $2 or $3 depending on whether you are submitting through the Adult or Student form.

Contest details:

  • The preferred length of each poem is 25 lines or fewer (one page). And the absolute maximum length for any poem is 400 words.
  • All poems will be judged anonymously, and we will adhere to the CLMP Contest Code of Ethics.
  • All submissions will be processed through Submittable. If you do not yet have a Submittable account, get one for free here.
  • One entry = one document = one poem = one fee. Enter as many times as you want.

Anthology details: 

  • All poets published in the anthology will receive a contributor’s copy of it.
  • All poems will be selected anonymously.

How to submit:

During the submission window (December 1, 2021 – April 30, 2022) choose the appropriate form below, from the dropdown menus enter the words from the dice that are the basis for the metaphor that prompted your poem, upload a document with your poem, and pay the fee.

Metaphor Dice