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.

2019 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, 2019
Prizes: $1000 first prize
Entry Fee: $15 entry fee (includes 1-year subscription)


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, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize
Entry Fee: $5 entry fee


2019 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 17, 2019
Prizes: $100 prize
Entry Fee: $7 entry free


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: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication by Red Hen Press
Entry Fee: $25 entry free


Juniper Literary Prizes
The annual literary prize offers awards in creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry. The winners are chosed by faculty judges from the University of Massachussetts MFA program.
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 and a publication contract with the University of Massachusetts Press
Entry Fee: $30 entry 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, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication
Entry Fee: $20 entry fee


Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards
This contest is for short stories in different genre categories of up to 4,000 words. Categories include romance, thriller, crime, horror, sf/fantasy and young adult.
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Prizes: $2,500 grand prize plus featured interview and more
Entry Fee: $30 entry fee ($25 if by 9-16)


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 in Onniverse
Entry Fee: $10 for first poem, $5 for additional poems


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.