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.

Nelson Algen Literary Award
The contest for original short fiction was named in honor of Chicago literary great Nelson Algren. It has been held every year since 1981.
Deadline: February 17, 2020
Prizes: $3,500 grand prize

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
The short fiction contest is offered annually by the Colorado Review.
Deadline: March 14, 2020
Prizes: $2,000 plus publication

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: March 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize

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, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize

Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
The 2020 poetry contest is open to a wide range of styles. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length.
Deadline: April 20, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication

The Iowa Poetry Prize
The prize is open to new and established poets for a book-length collection of poems. Manuscripts should be 50 to 150 pages in length.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
Writer's Digest is running its 89th annual writing competition. WD says nearly 500 winners will be chosen.
Deadline: June 5, 2020
Prizes: $5,000 Grand Prize