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 established awards and prizes here.

BlueCat Screenwriting Contest
The 2020 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is open to features, episodic pilots and short film scripts. The regular deadline is 9-15-19 but there is also a later final deadline and late deadline.
Deadline: September 15, 2019
Prizes: $10,000 grand prize

Earl Weaver Baseball Prize
This contest named after Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver seeks fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction with baseball as a central theme or key component. The contest is run by the Cobalt Review.
Deadline: September 17, 2019
Prizes: $100 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, 2019
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 Ann Hood.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication by Red Hen Press

Juniper Literary Prizes
The annual literary prize offers awards in creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The winners are chosed by faculty judges from the University of Massachussetts MFA program.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 and a publication contract with the University of Massachusetts Press

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
This is the 13th 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, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards
This contest is for short stories in different genre categories of up to 4,000 words. Categories include romance, thriller, crime, horror, sf/fantasy and young adult.
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Prizes: $2,500 grand prize plus featured interview and more

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
Reed magazine is running the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction 2018. Submissions must be 5,000 words or fewer. Submit through Submittable.
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 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