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.

The Writer After the Fall Contest
A 2,000 word short story contest from The Writer using any nuance, definition or understanding of the word "fall."
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 grand prize and publication
Entry Fee: $25 entry fee


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: December 31, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize
Entry Fee: No entry 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


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.