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.

Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest
The Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest features a different theme and different judge each year.
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prizes: $500 and publication

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
Writer's Digest is running its 89th annual writing competition. WD says nearly 500 winners will be chosen.
Deadline: June 5, 2020
Prizes: $5,000 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: June 30, 2020
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: June 30, 2020
Prizes: $350 first prize

Rattle Poetry Prize
The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists receive $500 each. There is also a $5,000 Readers' Choice Award.
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Prizes: $15,000 top prize

Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
The Cincinnati Review is home to the annual Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose. A poem (up to 8 pages) and prose (up to 40 pages) winner are chosen for publication.
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 prize

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, 2020
Prizes: $1000 first prize

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Content
This is the 11th annual contest. Fiction entered must have a maximum length of 1,000 words. Open to any subject, style or genre.
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash first 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, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication by Red Hen Press