Upcoming Writing Contests
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
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
The contest is in its 20th year. Short stories with a maximum 10,000 word count. There are cash prizes ranging from $125 to the first prize of $2000.
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Prizes: $2,000 cash top prize
Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest
The Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest features a different theme and different judge each year.
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prizes: $500 and publication
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
A contest for Crazyhorse for short-short fiction up to 500 words in length. Writers can enter up to 3 shorts. Crazyhorse will begin accepting entries to the contest on July 1st.
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Prizes: $1000 first prize