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.

BlueCat Screenwriting Contest
The 2020 BlueCat Screenplay Competition is open to features, episodic pilots and short film scripts.
Deadline: December 13, 2020
Prizes: $10,000 grand 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: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize

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: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $350 first prize

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
The annual fiction contest offers a $1,500 cash prize plus publication in Boulevard magazine.
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,500 plus publication

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

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

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