The Best Writing Contests of 2023

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#GWstorieseverywhere

Gotham Writers

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere.

Top prize

Gotham Writers Workshop

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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Screenplay & Short Script Competition

Showcase

The Scriptation Showcase is the screenwriting contest that circulates winners’ scripts to Hollywood directors, showrunners, and producers. 15 scripts get featured for one year in Scriptation, the Emmy® Award winning app used on film and TV productions. The earlier you apply, the lower the entry fee will be.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

1 Year Scriptation Showcase, 1 year industry pro access

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $74

Deadline: July 24, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Script Writing

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HG Wells Short Story Competition

BBC Aeronautics Correspondent Reg Turnill and his wife, Margaret

The theme for this year’s competition is SWITCH in its broadest interpretation. There are two categories: authors 21 years of age and under with a prize of £1,000 and authors aged 22 years and above on 12th July 2021 with a prize of £500 (entry £10 or £5 with student id).

Top prize

£1,000

Additional prizes

£500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: July 11, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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The Bath Novel Award

The Bath Novel Awards

The Bath Novel Award is a £3,000 international prize for emerging writers of adult fiction. Submit the first 5,000 words plus a one page synopsis of your novel for adults or young adults. Shortlisted entries will receive manuscript feedback and literary agent introductions.

Top prize

£3,000

Additional prizes

literary agent introductions

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $38

Deadline: May 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Young Adult

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William Van Dyke Short Story Prize

Ruminate Magazine

A prize of $1,500 and publication in Ruminate is given annually for a short story. Using only the online submission system, submit a story of up to 5,500 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a digital copy of the prize issue, by February 1.

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Ruminate

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: February 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction

Prism

Winter means one thing around these parts: our annual Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction is now open for submissions! The prize is named for Jacob Zilber, who played a central role founding the University of British Columbia’s department of creative writing, (the very first of its kind in Canada) and PRISM international (us!).

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

$600, $400

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: January 16, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Short Story

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The Betty Award

The Betty Award

As one of the few competitions for elementary and middle school students, The Betty Award grants cash prizes for written pieces below 1,000 words. The Betty Award has both a Spring & Fall contest.

Top prize

$300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: May 14, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's

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Christian Writers' Awards

Xulon Press

The Christian Author Awards recognizes preeminent new Christian authors who are independently published. Xulon Press, host and sponsor of the Christian Author Awards, is excited to once again extend the opportunity to Christian authors to have their work recognized and given due credit. The Christian Author Awards exists to honor exceptional books written by Christian authors like you that are published independently by nontraditional publishers.

Top prize

Xulon Press Elite Publishing Package valued at $8,780

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: September 21, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Christian

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BRMCWC Foundation Awards

Blue Ridge Mountains Conference

The mission of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference is to inspire writers to connect with God, other writers, and industry professionals as they embrace their calling with excellence. The entrant must be registered for the entire conference in order to compete.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $45

Deadline: April 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian

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Director's Choice Awards

Blue Ridge Mountains Conference

The Directors’ Choice Awards are given to published writers who are a past or current conferee (past faculty members who are not also past conferees are not eligible).

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $45

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian

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The Selah Awards

Blue Ridge Mountains Conference

The Selah Awards are open to all published authors whose books were published between December 16, 2020 and December 15, 2021 with either traditional or nontraditional publishers.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $45

Deadline: January 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian

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Go for Gold

Christian Writers' Association

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of ACW we are launching the Go for Gold Writing Competition with superlative prizes, including a free residential place at Worth Our Weight in Gold weekend and a year’s free membership of ACW.

Top prize

Free residential place at Worth Our Weight in Gold weekend

Additional prizes

A year’s free membership of ACW

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $13

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Christian

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Black Orchid Novella Award

Wolfe Pack & Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

An important part of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe's opus are novellas. To celebrate this format, the Wolfe Pack and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine have partnered to sponsor the Black Orchid Novella Award. Want to submit an entry for the this year's contest? It's important that you read the rules and follow the procedures carefully.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Crime, Mystery, Novella

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Book Pipeline Unpublished Contest

Book Pipeline

Launched in 2014, Book Pipeline connects writers worldwide with publishers, editors, agents, and the film industry. Through two submission platforms—Unpublished and Adaptation—the company seeks both new and established authors. For over 22 years, Pipeline has bridged the gap between up-and-coming writers and the industry through a unique, long-term, hands-on facilitation process. The result thus far has been $8 million in scripts sold to studios and networks since 1999.

Top prize

$15,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $45

Deadline: May 25, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Non-fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition

Minotaur Books & Malice Domestic

Welcome to the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest Competition! The Competition is open to any writer, regardless of nationality, aged 18 or older, who has never been the author of any Published Mystery Novel (including self-published works and ebooks), as defined by the guidelines below, and is not under contract with a publisher for publication of a mystery novel.

Top prize

$10,000 advance

Additional prizes

Contract with Minotaur Books

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: November 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Mystery, Novel

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Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery set in the Southwest

Minotaur Books

Welcome to the Tony Hillerman Prize for Best First Mystery Set in the Southwest Competition! Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry. You can find the complete rules and guidelines on our website.

Top prize

$10,000 advance

Additional prizes

Contract with Minotaur Books

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Mystery, Novel

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Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Mystery Writers of America & Minotaur Books

MWA is the premier organization for mystery and crime writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and folks who just love to read crime fiction. To enter, you must complete an online entry form and upload an electronic file of your Manuscript. The entry form will allow you to upload one electronic file.

Top prize

Advance against future royalties of $10,000 & publishing contract

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 17, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Crime, Mystery, Novel

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Fall Travel Writing Prize

Nowhere Magazine

We are looking for novice and veteran writers of any stripe to send us stories that possess a powerful sense of people, place and time. Every submission will be read blind, so anyone can win!

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: December 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Global Experience Travel Writing Contest

Carleton

Have you been marked by travel? If so, tell us how. Engaging with the genre of creative nonfiction, seize upon memorable incidents from your travel history — study abroad, domestic travels, even your discovery of Northfield. Entertain us. Make us laugh. Move us. Help us travel with you.

Top prize

$200

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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New Travel Writer of the Year

Bradt Guides

For over twenty years, the Bradt Guides ‘New Travel Writer of the Year’ competition has been seeking out and championing new writing talent. Previous winners and finalists in the competition have gone on to see their work published in newspapers, travel magazines and books.

Top prize

£100 Bradt voucher

Additional prizes

3-night stay for two at Apukka Resort

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: November 28, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Travel Writing Competition

Globe Soup

The Globe Soup Travel Writing Contest is open to non-fiction writers. Enter original, unpublished non-fiction travel writing in any form, including personal essay, destination piece and opinion piece. Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words.

Top prize

$1,300

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: April 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Travel

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Royal Ascot Competition

Beau Monde Chapter of RWA

The annual Royal Ascot contest provides unpublished writers with exposure to published Regency fiction authors and industry professionals who specialize in publishing Regency Fiction works. The Royal Ascot is devoted exclusively to the Regency. The contest goal is to promote Regency-set fiction (1780-1840) by encouraging the development of authors who set their stories in the extended Regency period.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

$50 for each category winner

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Romance

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The Carolyn Readers' Choice Awards

North Texas Romance Writers

The Carolyn Readers Choice Award contest is open to all authors of traditional, e-published, and self-published books. Romances featuring characters of all races, creeds, ethnicities, genders, and sexualities or with disabilities or containing spiritual/religious elements are welcome to enter. Please enter the category that best suits your entry over all.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Digital medallion for runners up

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $35

Deadline: February 18, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Romance

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The Vivian

Romance Writers of America

The VIVIAN® recognizes excellence in romance writing and showcases author talent and creativity. We celebrate the power of the romance genre with its central message of hope—because happily ever afters are for everyone.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 04, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Romance

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Rudy Contest

Chesapeake Writers' Association

The Rudy Contest is open to submissions of unpublished manuscripts. There must be a romantic element and a Happily Ever After. Entries are comprised of a blurb (back-cover copy) and no more than the first 20 pages of a manuscript.

Top prize

$50

Additional prizes

Certificate and digital badge to finalists.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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The Emily Contest

League of Romance Writers

The Emily Contest is a premier contest for unpublished romance writers. Our mission is to professionally support writers and guide them along their path to publication. Maximum word count is 5,600 words including prologue, if applicable.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

Silver pin and certificate to 1st place from each category

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: October 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award

First Coast Romance Writers

The National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award celebrates published romance novels and novellas and is judged by romance readers. All entries must have an original copyright date of 2021 and must have been available for purchase in the United States beginning in 2021.

Top prize

NERFA Winner web logo and trophy

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $40

Deadline: March 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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HOLT Medallion Contest

Virginia Romance Writers

The Virginia Romance Writers Chapter of the Romance Writers of America® is pleased to announce the 27th Annual HOLT Medallion competition for the best romantic fiction. Entries must be a single work of romance fiction, with an original copyright date (not a release date) of January-December 2021 regardless of format (e-book or print).

Top prize

Certificate and a pewter HOLT medallion

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: January 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Romance

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Between Man and God

Arts Lounge NYC

In most West African countries, queer people live in constant fear, abused by both public and private agencies that refuse to acknowledge their rights to live and love freely. This contest and anthology celebrates their tenacity and their refusal to be silenced. Honorarium will be given to the top three best selected entries to acknowledge the excellency of their craft and to encourage visibility through writing. All shortlisted submissions will be published.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

$750 for second place, $500 for third

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: September 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, LGBTQ, Non-fiction

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Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction

Lambda Literary

The Randall Kenan Prize for Black LGBTQ Fiction, in memory of the celebrated author Randall Kenan, honors Black LGBTQ writers of fiction. The award will go to a Black LGBTQ writer whose fiction explores themes of Black LGBTQ life, culture, and/or history. To be eligible, the winner of the prize must have published at least one book and show promise in continuing to produce groundbreaking work.

Top prize

$3,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: February 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ, Novel

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PFD Children's Queer Fiction Prize

Peter Fraser + Dunlop

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting middle grade (aimed at readers aged 8-12) and chapter books (aimed at readers aged 6-8) fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Top prize

Publishing contract with PFD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's, Fiction, LGBTQ

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PFD YA Queer Fiction Prize

Peter Fraser + Dunlop

Judged by E. Latimer and agents Silvia Molteni and Lucy Irvine. Accepting YA fiction samples across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Top prize

Publishing contract with PFD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

LGBTQ, Novel, Young Adult

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PFD Adult Queer Fiction Prize

Peters Fraser + Dunlop

Judged by Okechukwu Nzelu and agent Cara Lee Simpson. Accepting fiction samples for upmarket and literary fiction across all genres. Applicants are asked to submit a three-chapter sample and synopsis. Works may be finished or in-progress.

Top prize

Publishing contract with PFD

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, LGBTQ, Novel

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Queer Sci-Fi Flash Fiction Contest

Queer Sci-Fi

Every year, QSF holds a flash fiction contest to create an amazing new anthology of queer speculative fiction stories. We ask authors to do the nearly-impossible – to submit a sci fi, fantasy, paranormal or horror LGBTIQA story that has no more than 300 words. The theme for 2022 is "Clarity".

Top prize

$75

Additional prizes

Top 3 stories published in an ebook

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 01, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Flash Fiction, LGBTQ, Science Fiction

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Lambda Literary Award

Lambda Literary

Lambda Literary Awards celebrate the best LGBTQ books published in a given year. Submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to LGBTQ lives. Lambda Literary Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity except in the case of the special awards that mark specific stages of an individual LGBTQ writer’s career.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: December 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, LGBTQ, Novel

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