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.

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, 2022
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: June 30, 2022
Prizes: $350 first prize

Black Warrior Review Contest
The 2022 Black Warrior Review writing contest is open to nonfiction, fiction and poetry. There is also a Flash category.
Deadline: September 1, 2022
Prizes: $1,000 plus publication in each category. $500 in the Flash category.

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 Dariel Suarez.
Deadline: September 30, 2022
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus book publication by Red Hen Press

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
Reed magazine is running the John Steinbeck Award for Fiction. Submissions must be 5,000 words or fewer. Submit through Submittable.
Deadline: November 1, 2022
Prizes: $1,000 prize