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.

First Pages Prize
The First Pages Prize is an annual prize focused on the first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction.
Deadline: February 7, 2021
Prizes: $2,000 first prize.

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
The short fiction contest is offered annually by the Colorado Review.
Deadline: March 14, 2021
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, 2021
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, 2021
Prizes: $2,000 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 19, 2021
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, 2021
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement

Fish Poetry Prize
The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Winning poems are published in the annual Fish Anthology.
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prizes: 1,000 Euro 1st prize.