The Best Writing Contests of 2022

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Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction Contest

Zizzle Literary

Every week during our submission period, we’ll post one-sentence dialogue writing prompts on our social media platforms. Choose a dialogue prompt that inspires you and write a story that includes the prompt.

Top prize

Additional prizes

1000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: March 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction

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Indiana Review Poetry Prize

Indiana Review

Winners of the Indiana Review poetry contest receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. You may submit up to three poems. All entries are considered for publication. Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Indiana Review

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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The Restless Books Prize For New Immigrant Writing

Restless Books

The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing was created in 2016 to honor outstanding debut literary works by first-generation immigrants, awarded for fiction and nonfiction in alternating years. The winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books. Submissions for the 2021 Prize in Nonfiction are open from September 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021.

Top prize

$10,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Restless Books

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction

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An Axe to Grind - Flash Fiction Contest

The Darling Axe

Tell us a story in fewer than 1000 words for a chance to win from a growing prize pool, plus publication on the Chopping Blog.

Top prize

$700

Additional prizes

Publication on the Chopping Blog

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story, Flash Fiction

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Snowbound Chap Book Award

Tupelo Press

The Snowbound Chapbook Award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Tupelo Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Frost Farm Prize for Metrical Poetry

Frost Farm Poetry

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets invite submissions for the 2021, 11th Annual The Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry. The winner receives $1,000 and an invitation, with honorarium, to read in June 2021 as part of The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $6

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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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. TCK Publishing recognizes poetry writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication on TCK Website

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Nowhere Emerging Travel Writers' Prize

Nowhere Magazine

We are looking for never-been-published travel writers from anywhere in the world to send us stories—fiction, nonfiction, essay or poetry—that possess a powerful sense of place, people and time.

Top prize

$500

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award

Red Hen Press

Established in 2015, the Red Hen Nonfiction Award seeks to recognize the art of true story-telling through literary craft. The awarded fiction manuscript is selected through an annual submission process which is open to all authors.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Red Hen Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction

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Lighthouse Poetry Series

Cleveland State University Poetry Center

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for the Lighthouse Poetry Series. The Lighthouse Poetry Series publishes contemporary poetry from poets with any history of publication. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by Randall Mann.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Royalty contract

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $28

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Fiction Prize

Indiana Review

Winners of the Indiana Review short story contest receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Indiana Review. Stories can be up to 6,000 words. All entries are considered for publication. Each $20 fee gets you a year-long subscription of the journal.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Indiana Review

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: March 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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New Deal Writing Competition

Genesee Valley Council on the Arts

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. The application portal for submissions will be open from March 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in Artsphere Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $5

Deadline: April 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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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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The Pinch Literary Awards

The Pinch Literary Journal

Pinch is a literary journal run by the MFA students at the University of Memphis. In their annual contest, two winners are selected from each category of fiction and poetry. Only unpublished entries are considered.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Pinch

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: April 07, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Interactive Romance Writing Contest

Sana Stories

The theme of our current Writing Contest is ‘Slow Burn’ - the romantic pull between two characters that just keeps on going! Stories need to be written with our Writing Tool, have min. 5000 words, have at least one choice situation where the story branches. Adaptations of linear stories are also welcome.

Top prize

€500

Additional prizes

€200, €100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 11, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story, Young Adult

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Parsec Short Story Contest

Triangulation

The theme for the 2021 contest is: Still Waters, Deep Thoughts. This can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue…the only limit is your imagination. The theme must be integral to the story in some way and not just mentioned in passing. All stories must be of the Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror genres and no more than 3,500 words.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

Publication in the 2020 Confluence program book

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: April 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction, Short Story

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We the Students Essay Contest

Bill of Rights Institute

The Bill of Rights Institute engages, educates, and empowers individuals with a passion for the freedom and opportunity that exist in a free society. Students in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Armed Forces schools abroad, and students in United States territories are eligible to participate in its contest.

Top prize

$7,500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Children's, Essay

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Irene Adler Prize

Lucas Aykroyd

The Irene Adler Prize offers a $1,000 US scholarship to a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the U.S. or Canada, based on an essay competition.

Top prize

$1,000

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay

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Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Cave Canem

Launched in 1999 with Rita Dove 's selection of Natasha Trethewey 's Domestic Work, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. Manuscripts should be 48-75 pages in length.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication by University of Pittsburgh Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

Beloit Poetry Journal

Submit 1-3 unpublished poems on any subject in any style up to a maximum of 10 pages per entry. (We enjoy long poems!)

Top prize

$1,500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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IEW Writing Contest

Institute for Excellent Writing

We are delighted to present our annual writing contest for all aspiring and accomplished writers, ages eight to eighteen. Whether or not they have experience with IEW's Structure and Style® Writing Method, your students are invited to participate.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Children's, Short Story

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Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize

University of Pittsburgh Press

The University of Pittsburgh Press announces the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize for a first full-length book of poems. Named after the first director of the Press, the prize carries a cash award of $5,000 and publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press in the Pitt Poetry Series under its standard royalty contract. The winner will be announced in the fall; no information about the winner will be released before the fall announcement. The Starrett Prize is our only venue for first-book poetry manuscripts.

Top prize

$5,000

Additional prizes

Publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: April 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

The Georgia Review

The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize is an award for a single poem, to be published in The Georgia Review. The winner will receive $1,500 and an expenses-paid trip to Athens, Georgia, to give a public reading with the judge. Submissions must be sent either online or by mail from March 1 through May 1. All submitted poems will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review; any selected will be paid $4 per line.

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Expenses-paid trip to Athens, Georgia

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $15

Deadline: May 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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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: May 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

Kent State University

This prize is offered annually to a poet who has not previously published a full-length collection of poems. The prize awards the winner with $2,500 and publication of their first full-length book of poetry by the Kent State University Press. The winner and the competition's judge will give a reading together on the Kent State campus.

Top prize

$2,500

Additional prizes

Publication by Kent State University Press

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: May 01, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize

Australian Book Review

The Jolley Prize is open to all short story writers writing in English. We seek original short stories of between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Top prize

$AU6,000

Additional prizes

$AU4,000, $AU2,500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 03, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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The Kurt Brown Prizes

Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP will offer three scholarships of $500 each to be awarded to three first-place winners in the genres of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. These scholarships must be used to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency at one of the AWP member programs in the Directory of Conferences & Centers. All winners and six finalists will also receive a one-year individual membership.

Top prize

$500 scholarship

Additional prizes

one-year membership

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: May 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry, Short Story

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Emerging Writer's Contest

Ploughshares

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.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Ploughshares

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $24

Deadline: May 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Carve Magazine

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $3000 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. The contest opens each year April 1 - May 15 and prizewinners are published in our annual fall issue in October.

Top prize

$2,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Carve Magazine

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $17

Deadline: May 15, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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On the Far Side Contest

Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers

Write fantasy, futuristic, or paranormal? Then the On the Far Side Contest is for you!! Welcome dragons, witches, ghosties, psychics, vampires, shapeshifters, unicorns, and any creature your imagination can conjure up in a galaxy far, far away, in a time long past, or in your very own backyard.

Top prize

Award

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 16, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel, Romance

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MBF/de Groot Prize

Miami Book Fair

The Miami Book Fair has partnered with The de Groot Foundation to launch the Miami Book Fair/de Groot Prize to be awarded to an author for an unpublished novella. We created the MBF/de Groot Prize to fan the flame in emerging writers who yearn to be published. We want the prize to bring out the best in new authors who have a story that needs to be heard.

Top prize

$6,000

Additional prizes

Publication by Melville House & an expense-paid trip to the Miami Book Fair

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: May 30, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novella

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Youth Writing Contest

The Vancouver Writers Fest

The Vancouver Writers Fest's annual youth writing contest is open to all students enrolled in grades 8-12 in British Columbia. Entries will be accepted for previously unpublished short stories (fiction or non-fiction) and personal essays: 1,500 word limit. The first-prize winner will receive a $200 cash prize and the second-prize winner, a $100 cash prize.

Top prize

$200

Additional prizes

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Short Story, Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction

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First Novel Award

Blue Pencil Agency

The Award is open to unrepresented and unpublished authors for a novel in any adult fiction genre. The winner and runners-up will receive an agent introduction and possibly a manuscript review.

Top prize

£1,000

Additional prizes

Agent introduction, manuscript review

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $27

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Novel

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Bacopa Literary Review

Writers Alliance of Gainesville

We seek unusual perspectives, passionate voices, compelling work. This includes poetry, creative non-fiction, and short stories.

Top prize

£300

Additional prizes

£100 second prize

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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Flying South

Winston-Salem Writers

Each entry must be original work and previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but authors must notify Flying South immediately and withdraw from the contest if their work is accepted elsewhere. Prizes include publication in Flying South 2021, Best in Category, and President's Favorite.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication in Flying South 2020

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $25

Deadline: May 31, 2021 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Poetry

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