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 11, 2022
Prizes: $7,500 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, 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: December 31, 2022
Prizes: $350 first prize

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
Writer's Digest is running its 92nd annual writing competition. WD says nearly 500 winners will be chosen.
Deadline: May 5, 2023
Prizes: $5,000 Grand Prize