The Best Writing Contests of 2022

Writing competitions curated by Reedsy

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The Reedsy Prompts Contest

Reedsy

Respond to one of Reedsy's weekly writing prompt newsletters with a short story for the chance to win $250 and be featured on the Reedsy Blog!

Top prize

$250

Additional prizes

Publication on Reedsy Blog

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: December 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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The Peseroff Prize

Breakwater Review

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: it 's all poetry. Poems should be previously unpublished. The winner and finalists will be published in Breakwater Review.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in spring issue

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 01, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Dandy Writers Short Story Contest

Dandy Writers

Submit a story of no more than 200 words. Your submission must be in line with the theme of the month. A writer is only permitted to submit one application per month. No more than one application. No plagiarism, even if it’s your work already published. Your work must be yours. Your data entered must be accurate. You must pay the entry fee. Note: Failure to comply with these rules will result to your application cancelled. And your entry fee will not be refunded. Thanks as you obey these rules.

Top prize

$300

Additional prizes

Writing Job

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: May 30, 2023


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella, Short Story

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Voice.Club - Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Voice.Club

Voice.club has a strong commitment to writers and writing. Our monthly Flash Fiction writing contests are a wonderful opportunity for writers to practice their craft, share their stories and win prizes! Each entry must be 350 words or less, be family-friendly, and include some reference to the month's theme.

Top prize

$50 USD / $25 USD - Amazon Gift Cards

Additional prizes

Publication Online, Alexa and eBooks

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: December 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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3-6-9 Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

This poem has three stanzas. Each stanza has three lines that follows the 3-6-9 syllable count. The first line has 3 syllables, the second line has 6 syllables and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: September 20, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Share Your Story

FanStory.com Inc.

Write about an event in your life. Everyone has a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too much concern about fact and convention. A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: September 15, 2022


Genres

Essay, Memoir

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One Line Poem Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share a one line poem to enter this poetry contest. Cash prize to the winner. How creative can you get with one line to work with.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: July 07, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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20 Syllable Poem

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a poem using only 20 syllables. Write any type of poem. Any format. Any topic! Just keep the syllable count to 20.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: September 10, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Take a Photo Poetry

FanStory.com Inc.

Go out for a walk and take a camera, smartphone or tablet with you. Snap a picture of something interesting and write a poem about it when you get home. Post the photo along with the poem.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: August 31, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Haiku Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. A popular format is to have the first line contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables but a strict syllable count is not required.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: June 15, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Free Verse Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry, which does not essentially follow any structure or style. There is no fixed meter and no structure regarding rhyme and lines in each stanza.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: August 22, 2022


Genres

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Western Writing Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share your Western story for this writing contest. Share your story that has a clear western theme. Your old west story can earn you a cash prize.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Winning stories will be features on the FanStory.com welcome page.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 05, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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2-4-2 Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share a 2-4-2. What's that? That's a poem with only three lines that has 8 syllables total! So the first line of your poem will have two syllables. The second line will have four. And the final line will have two again. Cash prize to the winner.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Winning poems will be featured on the FanStory.com welcome page.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 07, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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5-7-5 Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

A 5-7-5 is a poem that only has three lines. Each line has a specific syllable count. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven. The final line has five syllables again. Write about anything! Cash prize to the winner.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Winning poems are featured on the FanStory.com welcome page.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 17, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Acrostic Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

To enter this poetry contest share an acrostic. That's a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word (downwards). Cash Prize

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 24, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Horror Writing Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Terrorize or thrill your audience with your writing. Share a horror story to enter this writing contest with a cash prize.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Winning entries will be featured on the FanStory welcome page.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: February 08, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Horror, Short Story

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Lune Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a Lune for this poetry contest. It is a simple and fun form of poetry to write. It has 5 syllables in the first line, 3 syllables in the second line and 5 syllable in the final line. Rhymes are fine but not required. The subject matter is open.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: March 06, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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True Story Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share a true story from your life. Write a story that shares a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. Use at least 100 words. No poetry.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: March 09, 2022


Genres

Non-fiction, Short Story

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Two Line Poem

FanStory.com Inc.

Write an essence poem. This is a poem of two lines with six syllables per line, each containing an internal rhyme and an ending rhyme.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: March 19, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Four Line Poem

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line has 9 syllables. The subject can be anything.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: March 31, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Faith Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 19, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Tanka Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count. That count is 5-7-5-7-7. So your first line has five syllables, second has seven, third has five and the last two lines each have seven syllables. Cash prize!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 30, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Non Fiction Writing Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction on any topic. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual, emotional, funny, serious, or an essay about your DVD player.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 08, 2022


Genres

Non-fiction

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3 Line Poetry Contest

Fanstory.com Inc.

Write a poem that has a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. It does not rhyme. But the poem must address a loved one.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 12, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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True Story Flash

FanStory.com Inc.

Share your flash fiction story. But for this contest we aren't looking for fiction. Rather share your true story with only 100 words. Cash prize!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 27, 2022


Genres

Flash Fiction, Non-fiction

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Rhyming Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme scheme.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 30, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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ABC Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Write an ABC Poem. That's a poem with five lines that follows the alphabet. Cash prize!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: June 11, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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Love Poem Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Write a love poem. All forms of poetry accepted. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be humorous or serious. The choice is yours. But it must clearly be a love poem.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: June 30, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest

TCK Publishing

The TCK Publishing Poetry Awards Contest is an international poetry contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her poem on the TCK Publishing website. This contest is open to writers from all countries, backgrounds, and walks of life. Each submission may include up to five poems totaling no more than 500 words.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on TCK Website

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: June 30, 2022


Genres

Poetry

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The Dante Rossetti Awards

Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media

The Dante Rossetti Awards Categories are: Contemporary Young Adult; SFF & Paranormal; Dystopian/Edgy/Urban; Mystery/Thriller/Suspense; Historical Young Adult; YA Adventure/Romance. The Chanticleer Prize Package includes: A Prize Ribbon to use in promotion at book signings and book festivals Digital Badges for display on your website or incorporation into book covers Book stickers to identify your print books to bookstore shoppers as they browse.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $99

Deadline: June 30, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Mystery, Novel, Romance, Science Fiction, Suspense, Thriller, Young Adult

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Fiction Factory - Novel - First Chapter

Fiction Factory

Have you completed the first draft of your novel? Are you ready to pass it on to a fresh pair of eyes, to see if you are on the right track? Is your all-important first chapter ready for submission to an agent? Whatever your plans, your first chapter must shine – it must grab your readers or quickly lose their interest.

Top prize

£500

Additional prizes

A reading by a top London Literary Agent plus publication

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 31, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Novel

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The 2022 First Chapter Book Contest

TheNextBigWriter, LLC

Have a book or a novel idea you've been noodling? Enter your first chapter into the Booksie First Chapter Contest and see how it does. You don't need to have finished the book. You don't even need more than the first chapter. We're looking for a start that will grab our attention, that is original, that is well written, and that makes us want to beg you to see what comes next. And for those we find, we'll provide some awards to inspire you to finish writing the book or, if finished, to help get it published.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Gold contest badge.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: May 14, 2022


Genres

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Novel, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

FanStory.com Inc

Dialogue is used in stories but you may not be aware that you can write a story with just dialogue. Write a story using only dialogue. No narration or descriptions. Sentence tags are optional. No length requirements.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $9

Deadline: April 05, 2022


Genres

Short Story

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Genre Fiction Fellowships

Laterpress

The Laterpress Genre Fiction Fellowships are a genre fiction writing competition that awards four $10,000 fellowships to authors of fictional books and web serials. An additional 20 authors will be selected as Laterpress Finalists and will receive a waiver of Laterpress's 5% platform fee for a period of one year.

Top prize

$10,000 Fellowship

Additional prizes

Waiver of Laterpress's 5% platform fee

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: April 03, 2022


Genres

Fiction

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Fable Competition

Robert Louis Stevenson Club

Little stories cleverly told with sparing use of words and a moral undertone. It must be a fable! With the upcoming Year of Scotland’s Stories 2022, what better time to find a fable for the 21st century in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson. RLS wrote 22 of them. Now it is your opportunity to explore this timeless art of storytelling, giving us an entry in no more than 350 words. Our international judging panel is chaired by Alan Taylor, author and journalist.

Top prize

$680

Additional prizes

Possible publication of a sample of entries

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: April 02, 2022


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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Discover the finest writing contests of 2022 for fiction and non-fiction authors — including short story competitions, essay writing competitions, poetry contests, and many more. Updated weekly, these contests are vetted by Reedsy to weed out the scammers and time-wasters. If you’re looking to stick to free writing contests, simply use our filters as you browse.

Why you should submit to writing contests

Submitting to poetry competitions and free writing contests in 2022 is absolutely worth your while as an aspiring author: just as your qualifications matter when you apply for a new job, a writing portfolio that boasts published works and award-winning pieces is a great way to give your writing career a boost. And not to mention the bonus of cash prizes!

That being said, we understand that taking part in writing contests can be tough for emerging writers. First, there’s the same affliction all writers face: lack of time or inspiration. Entering writing contests is a time commitment, and many people decide to forego this endeavor in order to work on their larger projects instead — like a full-length book. Second, for many writers, the chance of rejection is enough to steer them clear of writing contests. 

But we’re here to tell you that two of the great benefits of entering writing contests happen to be the same as those two reasons to avoid them.

When it comes to the time commitment: yes, you will need to expend time and effort in order to submit a quality piece of writing to competitions. That being said, having a hard deadline to meet is a great motivator for developing a solid writing routine.

Think of entering contests as a training session to become a writer who will need to meet deadlines in order to have a successful career. If there’s a contest you have your eye on, and the deadline is in one month, sit down and realistically plan how many words you’ll need to write per day in order to meet that due date — and don’t forget to also factor in the time you’ll need to edit your story!

For tips on setting up a realistic writing plan, check out this free, ten-day course: How to Build a Rock-Solid Writing Routine.

In regards to the fear of rejection, the truth is that any writer aspiring to become a published author needs to develop relatively thick skin. If one of your goals is to have a book traditionally published, you will absolutely need to learn how to deal with rejection, as traditional book deals are notoriously hard to score. If you’re an indie author, you will need to adopt the hardy determination required to slowly build up a readership.

The good news is that there’s a fairly simple trick for learning to deal with rejection: use it as a chance to explore how you might be able to improve your writing.

In an ideal world, each rejection from a publisher or contest would come with a detailed letter, offering construction feedback and pointing out specific tips for improvement. And while this is sometimes the case, it’s the exception and not the rule.

Still, you can use the writing contests you don’t win as a chance to provide yourself with this feedback. Take a look at the winning and shortlisted stories and highlight their strong suits: do they have fully realized characters, a knack for showing instead of telling, a well-developed but subtly conveyed theme, a particularly satisfying denouement?

The idea isn’t to replicate what makes those stories tick in your own writing. But most examples of excellent writing share a number of basic craft principles. Try and see if there are ways for you to translate those stories’ strong points into your own unique writing.

Finally, there are the more obvious benefits of entering writing contests: prize and publication. Not to mention the potential to build up your readership, connect with editors, and gain exposure.

Resources to help you win writing competitions in 2022

Every writing contest has its own set of submission rules. Whether those rules are dense or sparing, ensure that you follow them to a T. Disregarding the guidelines will not sway the judges’ opinion in your favor — and might disqualify you from the contest altogether. 

Aside from ensuring you follow the rules, here are a few resources that will help you perfect your submissions.

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After you submit to a writing competition in 2022

It’s exciting to send a piece of writing off to a contest. However, once the initial excitement wears off, you may be left waiting for a while. Some writing contests will contact all entrants after the judging period — whether or not they’ve won. Other writing competitions will only contact the winners. 

Here are a few things to keep in mind after you submit:

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