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.

Sow's Ear Poetry Contest
Sow's Ear Poetry Review runs a poetry contest every fall with a distinguished guest judge.
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition
This short fiction contest from Writer's Digest is for stories 1,500 words or less.
Deadline: November 16, 2020
Prizes: $3,000 first place plus 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: 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

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