Upcoming Writing Contests

The following is a list of upcoming writing contests. Be sure to carefully review any contest before entering. Pay close attention to the terms, rights, fees, prize money, judges and rules. You can also view a list of just the poetry contests and a list of writing contests for kids. You can also view a list of all the contests here.

We also recommend reading Alex Keegan's article about increasing your chances of winning writing contests.

For The Love of the Craft Content
The Root is asking short story writers to pick a decade or an important moment in Black American history, and weave a tale of the monsters that litter that time.
Deadline: September 18, 2020
Prizes: $5,000 grand prize.

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
The quarterly contest awards cash prizes of $1000, $750 and $500 are awarded every three months. It is open to original science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy up to 17,000 words in length.
Deadline: September 30, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize

Red Hen Press Fiction Award
The Red Hen Fiction Award was established in 2015 for original fiction with a minimum of 150 pages. The final judge is Susan Straight.
Deadline: September 30, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus book publication by Red Hen Press

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
This is the 15th annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Enter any poem 32 lines or less. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place.
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Competition
The 2020 Zoetrope short literary fiction contest will have three prizewinners. Entries must be 5,000 words or fewer.
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize

100-Word Contest
This very short short fiction contest from The Writer is for fiction that is 100 words or less.
Deadline: October 6, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Sow's Ear Poetry Contest
Sow's Ear Poetry Review runs a poetry contest every fall with a distinguished guest judge.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition
This short fiction contest from Writer's Digest is for stories 1,500 words or less.
Deadline: November 16, 2020
Prizes: $3,000 first place plus publication

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts is running its 35th Biannual Poetry Card Contest. You can enter as many times as you like through the submission form or via snail mail. There are three prizes including a $350 first prize.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $350 first prize

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
The annual fiction contest offers a $1,500 cash prize plus publication in Boulevard magazine.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,500 plus publication

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
This poetry contest from Winning Writers offers $2,250 in prize including a $1,000 first prize. The judge is Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer.
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Prizes: $2,000 cash first prize