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 contest for kids. You can also view a list of established awards and prizes here.

2018 Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists receive $200 each. There is also a $2,000 Readers' Choice Award.
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Prizes: $10,000 top prize
Entry Fee: Enty fee is a $25 one-year subscription to Rattle


Literal Latte Poetry Awards
Litteral Latte runs a contest for unpulished poems up to 2,000 words. The contest has a $1,00 first prize, $300 second prize and $200 third prize.
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 first prize
Entry Fee: $10 reading free for 6 poems or $15 reading free for 10 poems


2018 Crazyshorts Contest
A contest for Crazyhorse for short-short fiction up to 500 words in length. Writers can enter up to 3 shorts. Crazyhorse will begin accepting entries to the contest on July 1st.
Deadline: July 31, 2018
Prizes: $1000 first prize
Entry Fee: $15 entry fee (includes 1-year subscription)


Pockets Annual Fiction Contest
Pockets is looking for fiction 750 words to 1,000 words of length. The stories should be relevant to the problems face by children aged 6 to 12.
Deadline: August 15, 2018
Prizes: $500 and publication
Entry Fee: No entry fee


Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
The poetry contest is open to a wide range of styles. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length.
Deadline: August 20, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication in Onniverse
Entry Fee: $10 for first poem, $5 for additional poems


Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Content
This is the 10th annual contest. Fiction entered must have a maximum length of 1,000 words. Open to any subject, style or genre.
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize
Entry Fee: $5 entry fee


Black Warrior Review Contest
The 2018 Black Warrior Review writing contest is open to nonfiction, fiction and poetry. There is also a Flash category.
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 plus publication in each category
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee, includes BWR subscription


2018 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.
Deadline: September 15, 2018
Prizes: $100 prize
Entry Fee: $7 entry free


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 orginal science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy up to 17,000 words in length.
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
This annual contest is run by the Boston Review. It is open to previously unpublished short stories under 5,000 words. The winner will be notified in Spring 2019.
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,500 and publication
Entry Fee: $20 fee


Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize
The Wheelbarrow Book Poetry Prize is open to manuscripts by authors that have published at least one full-length collection of poetry in English. It is run by the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University, in cooperation with the MSU Press.
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Prizes: $1000 and publication
Entry Fee: $25 reading fee


Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
This is the 13th annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards. Enter any poem 32 lines or less. There are cash prizes for first, second and third place.
Deadline: October 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee


Glimmer Train
The Short Story Award for New Writers contest is held three times a year and is open to submissions . The upcoming deadline is October 31, 2018. There are three prize levels.
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Prizes: $2,500 first prize
Entry Fee: $18 reading fee


Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Blue Mountain Arts is running its 33rd 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, 2018
Prizes: $350 first prize
Entry Fee: No entry fee


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 Ann Hood.
Deadline: August 31, 2108
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication by Red Hen Press
Entry Fee: $25 entry free


Note: If you are entering a short story contest be sure to read Alex Keegan's article, Short Story Contests: Increase Your Chances of Winning. Some of his advice can also be applied to poetry and essay contests.