Writing Competitions – Archive

The list below is an archive of events where the deadline has aleady passed. For a list of all current (upcoming) events, please refer to our main calendar page.

Current events (upcoming deadlines)

Current Month

March

fri01mar12:00 amwed24apr(apr 24)11:59 pmCompletedFirst Pages Prize 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$35 Max word count1250 Top Prize$2000, Developmental Mentorship, Agent Consultation

April

fri01mar12:00 amwed24apr(apr 24)11:59 pmCompletedFirst Pages Prize 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$35 Max word count1250 Top Prize$2000, Developmental Mentorship, Agent Consultation

wed10aprAll DayCompletedThe 2024 Mairtín Crawford Awards For Poetry and Short StoryCategoryMultiple categoriesUKEntry Fee£10 Max word countNo limit Top Prize£500 cash prize and a 'Time to Write' package; including a 3 night stay in a hotel in Belfast and four days of dedicated writing space within The Crescent.

sun14aprAll DayCompletedDesperate Literature Short Fiction Prize 2024CategoryShort FictionInternationalEntry Fee€20 Max word count2000 Top Prize€2000, a week’s stay at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation artists’ residency, manuscript consultation, and meeting with literary agent

sun14aprAll DayCompletedApril Flash Fiction ChallengeCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee14.99 Max word count1000 Top Prize1,000

mon15aprAll DayCompletedThe Bath Short Story Award 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£9 Max word count2,200 Top Prize£1200

tue16aprAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedPURORRELATO micro-story contest 2024CategoryShort FictionInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count1500 (characters) Top Prize€750

mon22aprAll DayCompletedABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story PrizeCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$30 Max word count5,000 Top Prize$6,000

tue30apr12:00 amtue12:59 pmThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedWiingy Future STEM Leaders ScholarshipCategoryEssayInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count600 Top Prize$200

tue30aprAll DayCompletedIronclad Short Story Competition - Spring 24CategoryFlash FictionUKEntry Fee£7 Max word count6000 Top Prize£100

tue30aprAll DayCompletedNew Writers 1000-Word Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word count1,000 Top Prize£1,000

tue30aprAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedVoice.club Monthly Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry FeeFREE Max word count350 Top Prize $25 USD Amazon Gift Card

tue30aprAll DayCompletedTadpole Press 100-Word Writing ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$15 Max word count100 Top Prize$2,000

tue30aprAll DayCompletedThe SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash FictionCategoryFull ManuscriptInternationalEntry Fee$14 Max word count1,000 Top Prize$2,500 and publication

tue30aprAll DayCompletedThe Creative Writing NZ Short Story PrizeCategoryShort StoryNew ZealandEntry Fee$9 Max word count3,000 Top Prize$1,000

tue30aprAll DayCompletedNew Writers 1000-Word Short Story Competition 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word count1,000 Top Prize£1,000

tue30aprAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Letter Review Prize for Short StoriesCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top Prize$500

tue30aprAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Letter Review Prize for PoetryCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count70 lines Top Prize$1000

tue30aprAll DayCompletedWOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay ContestCategoryEssayUSAEntry Fee$12 Max word count1000 Top Prize$500

tue30aprAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Letter Review Prize for Unpublished BooksCategoryChapbook,Essay,Flash Fiction,Full Manuscript,memoir,Multiple categories,Non-fiction,Novel,Novella,Poetry,Short Fiction,Short StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count200,000 Top Prize$1000

tue30aprAll DayCompletedThe Letter Review Prize for NonfictionCategoryEssay,memoir,Non-fictionInternationalEntry Fee$2 Max word count5000 Top Prize$1000

tue30aprAll DayCompletedF(r)iction Writing ContestsCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top Prize$1,000 and publication

tue30apr1:00 amtue11:59 pmCompletedThe Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction AwardCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count10,000 Top Prize$1,500

May

wed01mayAll DayCompletedTom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$22 Max word count6,000 Top Prize$3,500

wed01mayAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedUntold Tales Youth Writing CompetitionCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count1,000 Top Prize$100 and publication

wed01mayAll DayCompletedCheshire Novel PrizeCategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£29 Max word count5000 Top Prize£1,500

wed01mayAll DayCompletedColorado Gold Literary AwardsCategoryFull ManuscriptUSAEntry Fee$25 Max word count3,000 Top Prize$150 and meeting with an agent

sun05mayAll DayCompletedLeapfrog Global Fiction PrizeCategoryFull ManuscriptInternationalEntry Fee$35 Max word countFull manuscript (check details for minimum word count) Top PrizePublication

wed15mayAll DayCompletedGoldfinch Novel Award 2024CategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word count5000 Top Prize£300

wed15mayAll DayCompletedMontreal International Poetry PrizeCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count40 lines Top Prize$20,000

sun19mayAll DayCompletedTwist in the Tale 1000 Word Contest, May 2024CategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee$30 Max word count1000 Top Prize$1200

sun19mayAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedCreative Future Writers’ Award 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesUKEntry FeeFree Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top PrizePublication + £23,000 worth of prizes in training, mentoring, assessment and coaching

mon20mayAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedHow a Library Changed My LifeCategoryNon-fictionInternationalEntry FeeFREE Max word count3000 Top Prize€500

tue28mayAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Future Scholar Foundation Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count350 Top Prize$25 Amazon Gift Card

fri31mayAll DayCompletedThe Yeovil Literary PrizeCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£5 - £14.50 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top Prize£1250

fri31mayAll DayCompletedSolar Flare Contest - Fiction, Poetry, Graphic NovelCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word count500 (short stories); 12 lines (poetry); 8 pages (graphic novels) Top Prize$500 plus publication

fri31mayAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedSapere Books Writing CompetitionCategorySynopsisInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count2000 Top PrizeContract for a five-book series

fri31may12:00 amfri11:59 pmCompleted6th Annual Writerwerx University Poetry ContestCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word count100 Top Prize$100 in cash and $500 in book development services credits.

fri31mayAll DayCompletedThe Bridport Prize 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£11-£24 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top Prize£5,000

fri31mayAll DayCompletedSpring 2024 Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee€5.50 Max word count1500 Top Prize€500

fri31mayAll DayCompletedThe Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant WritingCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word countDepends on category. Check with organizer. Top Prize$10,000 and publication

fri31mayAll DayCompleted2024 Page Turner AwardsBook Award For Indie or Mainstream Published BooksCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$40 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top PrizePublication and other perks

fri31mayAll DayCompletedWOW! Women on Writing Spring 2024 Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionUSAEntry Fee$10 Max word count750 Top Prize$400

fri31may1:00 amfri1:00 amThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedDiscourse Literary Journal Monthly Writing Competition: WeirdCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count3000 Top PrizePublication

fri31may12:00 pmfri12:00 pmCompletedVoice.club Monthly Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry FeeFREE Max word count350 Words Max Top Prize$25 USD Amazon Gift Card

June

sat01junAll DayCompletedSalamander 2024 Fiction ContestCategoryShort FictionInternationalEntry Fee$15 (includes a one-year subscription) Max word count7500 Top Prize$1000 and publication

sat01junAll DayCompletedTimes/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition 2024CategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£20 Max word count80,000 Top Prize£10,000 and agent representation

sat01junAll DayCompletedArizona Authors Association Literary ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesUSAEntry Fee$30-45 Max word count5000 Top Prize$500

sun02junAll DayCompletedMcLellan Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£7 Max word count90 lines Top Prize£1,000

sat15junAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedInternational Essay Contest for Young PeopleInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count700 Top Prize100,000 Yen and gift

sat15junAll DayCompletedWhat! – The short story contestCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$2.40 Max word count2000 Top PrizePublication

sun23junAll DayCompletedFree Flash Fiction Competition Twenty-TwoCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee£3.95 Max word count300 Top Prize £150 and publication

sun23junAll DayCompletedLichfield Institute Spring Writing ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$15 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top PrizeStipends and considered for representation by literary agencies in San Francisco and New York

mon24junAll DayCompleted2024 Spring Anthology Contest: Compelling HooksCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count2,000 Top Prize$500 and publication

mon24junAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedImagine 2200 – Climate Fiction Short Story Contest 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top Prize$3,000

fri28junAll DayCompletedThe 23rd Annual Gival Press Oscar Wilde AwardCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word countNo limit Top Prize$500 and publication

fri28junAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Future Scholar Foundation Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count350 Top Prize$25 Amazon Gift Card

sun30junAll DayCompletedWells Festival of Literature's CompetitionsCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£3- £6 Max word countDepends on category. Check with organizer. Top Prize£1000

sun30junAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedThe Elegant Literature Award For New WritersSecret SocietiesCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree (for Elegant Literature members) Max word count2000 Top Prize$3,000

sun30junAll DayCompletedThe Moth Short Story Prize 2024InternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count3,000 Top Prize€3,000

sun30junAll DayCompletedFlash 500 Flash FictionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count500 Top Prize£300 and publication

sun30jun8:02 pmsun8:02 pmThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!CompletedBuilding Bridges Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count750 Top Prize£200 and publication

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