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.

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

Crazyshorts Contest
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