The Best Writing Contests of 2024

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Celebration Day Writing Contest

The Day

The Celebration Day Competition gets children to connect with the oldest person they know and interview them about the person who inspired them most growing up. They will retell the story in a creative way to win their work being read out on camera by a star-studded collection of celebrity guests, an iPad, and a £100 Amazon voucher. You must be aged between five and 18 to enter the competition, or be a teacher, and can live anywhere in the world.

Top prize

£100 Amazon Voucher

Additional prizes

Celebrities reading out winning entries, publication on website.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: June 21, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's

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First 5 Pages Prize

Stockholm Writers Festival

SWF is proud to launch the First 5 Pages Prize to mark our 5th anniversary. Dazzle us with your brilliance. Delight us with your wit. Deceive us with your dastardly plot-twists. There will be one Grand Prize winner chosen from all entries. The winner will receive: $1000 cash, a ticket to SWF22, a pitch meeting with an agent conducted over Zoom, two night’s accommodation at a boutique hotel, and a full developmental edit donated by Reedsy, the industry’s leading platform for writing services.

Top prize

$1,000

Additional prizes

A full developmental edit donated by Reedsy & pitch meeting with an agent

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $20

Deadline: January 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Novel, Novella, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult

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As Bright as the Moon

Tales

Can’t decide between the headstrong alpha or the hunky omega? Us either. We’re seeking stories featuring steamy werewolf romance, perfect for reading under a full moon. Whether you’re Team Jacob Black or Team Alcide Herveaux…we’re all Team Awoooo. Works up to 3,000 words will be considered.

Top prize

$600

Additional prizes

2nd place: $300; 3rd place: $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: May 31, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fantasy, Fiction, Short Story, Thriller

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Annual Short Story Contest

Rotary Club of Stratford

English language submissions of original, unpublished works of up to 2,500 words will be accepted until October 31. Submissions are processed by a two-tiered system of readers and judges. Winners will be announced on December 10, 2021.

Top prize

$500 (CAD)

Additional prizes

2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $100.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $0

Deadline: June 30, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

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: December 05, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Minute Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc

Share a minute poem to enter this poetry contest. It's a fun poem to write. It has three stanzas. Each stanza has the same 8-4-4-4 syllable count. So the first line has eight syllables. All other lines in the stanza have four. Cash prize to the winner!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: November 22, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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True Story Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share a true story about your life. Write about any event that happened in your life that you would like to share. Cash prize to the winner.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: November 12, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Non-fiction, Short Story

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Horror Writing Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

Share a horror or thriller story to enter this writing contest. Write about anything but the object is to terrorize or thrill your reader. Cash prize!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: October 27, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Horror, Short Story

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Lune Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc.

A Lune is a 5-3-5 contest. That means the first line has five syllables. The second line of your poem will have three. And the final line will have five again. Your poem can rhyme. Write about anything. Cash prize!

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: November 16, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Sonnet Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc

A sonnet is a poem with a specific structure. It has 14 lines and a specific rhyme scheme. The topic is open! Write about anything for this poetry contest. Just follow the rules on how to write a sonnet. To read the rules and for an example view the contest announcement. Cash prize for the winner of this contest.

Top prize

$100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: November 06, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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Fanstory Writing Contests

Fanstory

Subscribe to Fanstory for $9.95 a month and enter as many contests as you like from their list of writing and poetry contests, updated daily. All participants receive feedback from a community of writers, and the winner of each contest receives a cash prize of up to $100.

Top prize

Cash prizes of up to $100

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $10

Deadline: January 31, 2023 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Flash Fiction, Poetry, Short Story

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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: October 16, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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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: November 29, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Short Story

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Nonet Poetry Contest

FanStory.com Inc

A nonet is a poem with only 9 lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line has eight, the third has seven and so on until line 9 which has one syllable. It's a fun and challenging poem to write. Enter this contest for a chance at the cash prize.

Top prize

$100

Additional prizes

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

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $9

Deadline: October 04, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


Genres

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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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


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 (Expired)


Genres

Poetry

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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 (Expired)


Genres

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

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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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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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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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Amazing Women’s Edition Contest

National Youth Foundation

Founded by Black women with a vision for change, the mission of the National Youth Foundation is to promote diversity, inclusion and gender equality through innovative literary programs. To honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States, the National Youth Foundation is pleased to announce the Amazing Women’s Edition (AWE) competition. This writing contest is open to students in grades K to 8 residing in the United States.

Top prize

$500

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: January 07, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's

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Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

Jane Austen Society of North America

JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest to foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen's works in new generations of readers. Students world-wide are invited to compete for scholarship awards in three divisions: high school, college, and graduate school.

Top prize

$1,000 scholarship

Additional prizes

Two nights’ lodging for JASNA’s Annual General Meeting

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: FREE

Deadline: June 02, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Children's, Essay

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SFWP Literary Awards

SFWP

We are seeking fiction and creative nonfiction of every genre. The contest is open to authors who have not been published by a major press. We publish in English, but the contest is open to writers from anywhere in the world. The early-bird entry fee (December 15th-February 15th) will be $25.

Top prize

$1,500

Additional prizes

Two runner ups will be selected, each receiving $700.

Entry requirements

💰 Fee: $30

Deadline: July 15, 2022 (Expired)


Genres

Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel, Novella

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