Discover the finest writing contests of 2018 for fiction and non-fiction authors of short stories, poetry, essays and more. Updated weekly, these contests are vetted by Reedsy to weed out the scammers and time-wasters. Manage a contest? Submit it here
The New Deal Writing Competition is a short story competition where the writer is asked to use a painting chosen by the staff of GVCA as inspiration for their short story. Click here to see the painting.
Oregon Book Awards are available for original work published or produced in the following categories: Poetry, Fiction, General Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Drama, and Graphic Literature.
Deadline: July 9th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $50
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by subscriber and entrant vote.
Deadline: July 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $25
Hippocampus Magazine is giving away more than $1,200 in cash and prizes this November in our annual creative writing contest, the Remember in November Contest for Creative Nonfiction. Memoir excerpts and personal essays up to 4,000 words accepted — there is no theme.
Deadline: July 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $12
The poetry can be of any type, length, or content, but it must be your own. The poetry can be serious or whimsical, fact or fiction, but it should strike a chord that makes us sit up and take notice. We're looking for poems will attract reader's attention as we will feature the winners on the homepage and across the site. You may submit as many entries as you like.
Deadline: September 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $6.95
Write a flash fiction story that uses 150 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using exactly 150 words. The title does not count towards the word count. Online word processor is an estimate only. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words.
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.
Deadline: August 10th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰:
Whether it takes you one page to tell your story or your manuscript is a little thicker, we would like to read it. The only stipulation is that the word count of your submission should be no greater than 45,000 words.
Deadline: January 1st, 1970 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: £10
In the spirit of the journal’s founding mission, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. One winner in each genre per year will receive $2,000 and publication in the literary journal. Authors are considered “emerging” if they haven’t published or self-published a book.
Deadline: May 15th, 2018 (Expired)• Entry fee 💰: $24
Genre: Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story,
The Troubadour International Poetry Prize awards £2,000, publication on the Coffee-House Poetry website and an invitation to read at a Coffee-House Poetry reading in London in November to the winning poem.
The Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize is a biannual poetry contest, awarding $1,000 and book publication to one established poet, and one new poet annually. Submissions are now open to authors of at least one full-length collection of poetry.