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Dream Quest One Poetry

Dream Quest One

This poetry contest is open to everyone and international. We hope that you are inspired to display the beauty and art of poetry for the entire world to see your "gift of a dream."

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $10

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$250

Additional prizes

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Expedition Interactive Storytelling Contest

Expedition

Ever wanted to write stories for a game? Qualifying quests must contain a minimum of 20,000 words. You cannot start writing your quest until November 1st (though you may work on an outline ahead of time), and your quests(s) must be published publicly by midnight EST on November 30th.

Deadline: December 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Best Essay Scholarship Contest

Best Essay

Best Essay Education has created a scholarship essay competition to encourage students to produce their own great essays and have the opportunity to win a sizable financial award to help with their own educational expenses.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

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TWF One-Act Play Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Plays must not have been previously produced, published, performed, or patronized in any way, including in a formal staged reading. Winners receive $1,500, professional staged reading at the next festival, VIP all-access festival pass ($600 value), publication in Bayou Magazine.

Deadline: November 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $25

Genre: Script Writing,

TOP PRIZE

$1,500

Additional prizes

Publication in Bayou Magazine

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TWF Poetry Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

Submit 2-4 original, unpublished poems of any style or theme, written in English, with a combined length of up to 400 lines. Winners receive $1,000, public reading at the next festival, publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine.

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas Magazine

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TFW Very Short Fiction Contest

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

A submission is one original short story, written in English, up to 1,000 words. Winners receive $500, passes to panels and master classes ($200 value), public reading at a literary panel at the next festival, publication in New Orleans Review.

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas

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Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story Award 2017

Stringybark Publishing

Any tale with a mysterious element and perhaps a sting-in-the-tail is wanted for Stringybark's latest intriguing short story competition. Stringybark invites you to write a short story of up to 1500 words that addresses the theme. The Prize value for this competition is over $1000 in cash and books.

Deadline: November 5th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $12

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Publication

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Bubo Short Story Contest: Your World, Our Music

Bubo Technologies

Opportunity to have your short stories taken to the next level with tailor-made music and illustrations. From 2,000 to 4,000 words and two possible themes: adult or children's literature. Winner entries will be published in an ebook with synchronized music and illustrations created specifically for the story.

Deadline: November 15th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

Publication

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Fiction War Fall

Fiction War Magazine

Do you write short/flash fiction? Fiction War Fall is your chance to get published and get paid! Enter the 3-DAY FICTION WAR™ and compete with writers from around the world for a share of $2400 in awards and publishing within Fiction War Magazine Issue 5.

Deadline: January 22nd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $30

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1,000

Additional prizes

Publication

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Essay Contest: The Role of Video Games in my Life

Games Mojo

This challenge is a contest to get students more involved and interested in video game industry and to encourage young minds. The theme for this year’s Games Mojo essay contest is ‘The role of video games in my life’.

Deadline: November 30th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

$500

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Haiku Poetry Contest

FanStory

Share your Haiku poem to enter this poetry contest at FanStory. The winner takes away a $100 cash prize. All writers will receive feedback for their submission. 

Deadline: March 3rd, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $9.95

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

$100

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Fall 2017 Travel Writing Contest

Nowhere Magazine

Unpublished and published short stories and essays of 800 to 5,000 words, possessing a powerful sense of place, that have not already been chosen as a contest winner are eligible.

Deadline: January 1st, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: $20

Genre: Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$1000

Additional prizes

Publication in Nowhere Magazine

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Law & Technology International Writing Competition

Justis Publishing

Today, businesses and professionals use blog articles to inform, educate and influence, attract new customers, and engage in a broader conversation within their industry. We are therefore pleased to offer you an opportunity to stand out as someone highly capable of producing excellent content. Write a 1,000 word blog post on one of three themes around law & technology.

Deadline: December 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Essay, Non-fiction,

TOP PRIZE

£2,000 grand prize

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The Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press

Twice each year Black Lawrence Press will run the Black River Chapbook Competition for an unpublished chapbook of poems or short fiction between 16-36 pages in length. The contest is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner will receive book publication, a $500 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.

Deadline: October 31st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: $15

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$500

Additional prizes

Book publication

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2017 Readers Choice Awards

TCK Publishing

TCK Publishing is recognizing indie, self-published, and traditionally published authors and we’re inviting all of you to join this year’s Readers Choice Book Awards contest. Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning!

Deadline: December 10th, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Novel,

TOP PRIZE

Amazon Fire HD8 Table

Additional prizes

Book review

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Five Words International Poetry Competition

Ó Bhéal

At around noon each Tuesday (UTC), from the 11th of April 2017, Ó Bhéal will post five new words. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for that week. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during the week.

Deadline: January 30th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: €5

Genre: Poetry,

TOP PRIZE

€500

Additional prizes

Publication in Five Words Vol XI

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Short Story Competition

The Woolf

Every issue of The Woolf follows a theme. In March 2018, we’ll be interrogating the theme “Raw”. Your challenge is to write a story of up to 2,000 words inspired by the same theme. Interpret it however you like. Release your imagination, and get writing.

Deadline: December 1st, 2017 (Expired) • Entry fee 💰: 20 CHF

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

150 CHF

Additional prizes

Publication in The Woolf Quarterly

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The Booksie Young Writer Short Story Contest

Booksie

You must be a student between 13-18 years of age to enter this contest. We're looking for most interesting, original stories that will make us laugh, cry and see the world in a slightly different way.

Deadline: February 28th, 2018 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$300

Additional prizes

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The Writing District Contest

The Writing District

Free to enter monthly short story competition. Prize includes $50 and publication online. Short stories up to 3,000 words are accepted. Open theme.

Deadline: December 31st, 2017 • Entry fee 💰: 0

Genre: Fiction, Short Story,

TOP PRIZE

$50

Additional prizes

Publication on The Writing District

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