Writing Contests List

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Here is a list of writing contests sorted alphabetically by name. You can view a list of just the upcoming contests sorted by date on the writing contests homepage.

100-Word Contest
Deadline: October 6, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Prizes: $500 and publication.

Black Warrior Review Contest
Deadline: September 1, 2018
Prizes: $1,000 plus publication in each category. $500 in the Flash category.

Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Card Contest
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $350 first prize

BlueCat Screenwriting Contest
Deadline: December 13, 2020
Prizes: $10,000 grand prize

Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2020
Prizes: $500 and publication

Boulevard Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers
Deadline: December 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,500 plus publication

Crazyshorts Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2020
Prizes: $1000 first prize

Earl Weaver Baseball Prize
Deadline: September 17, 2019
Prizes: $100 prize

First Pages Prize
Deadline: February 7, 2021
Prizes: $2,000 first prize.

Fish Poetry Prize
Deadline: May 15, 2021
Prizes: 1,000 Euro 1st prize.

For The Love of the Craft Content
Deadline: September 18, 2020
Prizes: $5,000 grand prize.

Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Content
Deadline: August 31, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 cash first prize

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 prize

Juniper Literary Prizes
Deadline: September 30, 2019
Prizes: $1,000 and a publication contract with the University of Massachusetts Press

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 cash top prize

Loraine Williams Poetry Prize
Deadline: May 15, 2019
Prizes: $1500 plus publication in The Georgie Review

Nelson Algen Literary Award
Deadline: February 17, 2020
Prizes: $3,500 grand prize

Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
Deadline: April 19, 2021
Prizes: $1,000 cash prize plus publication

Rattle Poetry Prize
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Prizes: $15,000 top prize

Red Hen Press Fiction Award
Deadline: September 30, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus book publication by Red Hen Press

Robert and Adele Schiff Awards in Poetry and Prose
Deadline: July 15, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 prize

Sow's Ear Poetry Contest
Deadline: November 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 and publication

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Deadline: May 1, 2018
Prizes: $2,500 and publication

The Iowa Poetry Prize
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Prizes: Publication by University of Iowa Press under a standard royalty agreement

The Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction
Deadline: March 14, 2021
Prizes: $2,000 plus publication

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
Deadline: May 15, 2020
Prizes: $2,000 cash top prize

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Prizes: $2,000 cash first prize

Writer's Digest Annual Writing Competition
Deadline: June 5, 2020
Prizes: $5,000 Grand Prize

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize plus publication

Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards
Deadline: October 14, 2019
Prizes: $2,500 grand prize plus featured interview and more

Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition
Deadline: November 16, 2020
Prizes: $3,000 first place plus publication

Zoetrope: All-Story Short Fiction Competition
Deadline: October 1, 2020
Prizes: $1,000 first prize