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.

Earl Weaver Baseball Prize
This contest named after Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver seeks fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction with baseball as a central theme or key component. The contest is run by the Cobalt Review. There are also monthly themed prizes.
Deadline: September 20, 2021
Prizes: $200 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: September 30, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize

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 Susan Straight.
Deadline: September 30, 2021
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, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 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, 2021
Prizes: $350 first prize