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.

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, 2019
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, 2019
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, 2019
Prizes: $1,500 plus publication

Nelson Algen Literary Award
The contest for original short fiction was named in honor of Chicago literary great Nelson Algren. It has been held every year since 1981.
Deadline: January 31, 2020
Prizes: $3,500 grand prize

Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
The 2020 poetry contest is open to a wide range of styles. Poems should be between 8 and 24 lines in length.
Deadline: April 20, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication

The Iowa Poetry Prize
The prize is open to new and established poets for a book-length collection of poems. Manuscripts should be 50 to 150 pages in length.
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement