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.

New American Fiction Prize
New American Press runs the contest which is awarded each year to a full-length ficiton manuscript. It can be a short story collection.
Deadline: June 15, 2021
Prizes: $1,500 advance

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: June 30, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest is an annual contest run by the Boston Review.
Deadline: June 30, 2021
Prizes: $1000 and 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: June 30, 2021
Prizes: $350 first prize

Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists receive $500 each. There is also a $5,000 Readers' Choice Award.
Deadline: July 15, 2021
Prizes: $15,000 top 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. There are also monthly themed prizes.
Deadline: September 20, 2021
Prizes: $200 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, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus book publication by Red Hen Press