Writing Competitions in 2022 – Weekly Updates

Opportunities for aspiring and experienced writers.

Welcome to the most comprehensive list of writing competitions available online. Our list includes short story, poetry, and flash fiction competitions, as well as some events for essay writers, screenwriting, and even entire novel manuscripts. Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, entry fees, submission deadlines, and the first place prize.

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august

mon15augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Yale Drama SeriesCompetition for emerging playwrightsInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No limit (minimum of 65 pages) Top Prize:$10,000 and publication by Yale University Press

mon22augAll DaySearchlight Awards – Best Novel OpeningInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:£14 Max word count:1,200 Top Prize:£1000 and publication

tue23augAll Dayfri23sepGlobe Soup 2022 Open Short Story CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£12 Max word count:8,000 Top Prize:£1,500

tue23augAll DayFree Flash Fiction Competition ElevenInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:£3.50 Max word count:300 Top Prize:£125

wed24augAll DayLedbury Poetry Festival Poetry CompetitionInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£1000

wed24augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Literature Matters - Royal Society of Literature AwardInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:Not specified Top Prize:Not specified

sun28augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Writing Competition: The Story I Needed To Have ReadInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1500 Top Prize:$2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy

sun28augAll DayThe Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New WritersInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:$20 Max word count:6,000 Top Prize:$3,000 and publication online

tue30augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Sweetycat Press ZOOANTHOLOGYInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1000 words (short story), 25 lines (poetry) Top Prize:Publication

wed31augAll DayWillesden Herald Short Story CompetitionFor a place in our book series New Short Stories #12InternationalEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:7000 Top Prize:£300

wed31augAll DayANTHOLOGY SHORT STORY AWARDInternationalEntry Fee:€15 Max word count:1,500 Top Prize:€500 and publication

wed31augAll DayAesthetica Creative Writing Award 2022InternationalEntry Fee:£8-£12 Max word count:40 lines (poetry), 2,000 words (short fiction) Top Prize:£2,500 and publication

wed31augAll DayWriterwerx University Short Story ContestUSACategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:$25 Max word count:2000 Top Prize:$2,500 in prizes, including at least $150 cash.

wed31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Immerse Education Summer School Essay CompetitionUKCategory:EssayEntry Fee:Free Max word count:Check website for details Top Prize:Take your chance to win a 100% academic scholarship to our Cambridge Summer School.

wed31augAll DayOxford Flash Fiction PrizeWrite yourself into history and become one of the greats with the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize.InternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:1000 Top Prize:£1000

wed31augAll DayWOW! Women on Writing Summer 2022 Flash Fiction ContestInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:$10 Max word count:750 Top Prize: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

wed31augAll DayHysteria Poetry Writing CompetitionUKCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:12 lines Top Prize:£300 and publication

wed31augAll DayFool for Poetry International Chapbook CompetitionIrelandCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:€19 Max word count:16 - 24 pages Top Prize:€1000, chapbook publication, featured festival reading

wed31augAll DayHysteria Flash Fiction Writing CompetitionUKCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:250 Top Prize:£300 and publication

wed31augAll DayHysteria Short Story Writing CompetitionUKEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:£300 and publication

wed31augAll DayJ.New Books/Malcolm Lowry 3rd Annual Literary Novel ContestUSACategory:NovelEntry Fee:$30 Max word count:500,000 Top Prize:$500 and a publishing cotract

wed31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Kindle Storyteller AwardInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No limit Top Prize:£20,000, book launch merchandising package on Amazon.co.uk

wed31augAll DayTHE EDINBURGH AWARD FOR FLASH FICTIONSCOTTISH ARTS TRUST STORY AWARDSInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:£7 Max word count:250 Top Prize:£2,000 and publication

wed31augAll DayUniversity of New Orleans Press Publishing Lab PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:$28 Max word count:No limit Top Prize:$10,000 advance on royalties and publishing contract

wed31augAll DayGolden Hare Award for Scottish Flash FictionUKCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:£7 Max word count:250 Top Prize:£2,000

wed31augAll DayOxford Brookes International Poetry CompetitionInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:50 lines Top Prize:£1,000

wed31augAll DayPigeon Review Flash Fiction CompetitionInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:$5 Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:$100 and publication

september

tue23augAll Dayfri23sepGlobe Soup 2022 Open Short Story CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£12 Max word count:8,000 Top Prize:£1,500

thu01sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!STORIES OUT OF SCHOOL - FLASH FICTION CONTESTUSACategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:Free Max word count:749 Top Prize:$1000 and publication

thu01sepAll DaySoldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry CompetitionInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:£4 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£50 in cash and a collection of poetry books

sun04sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Face Project - Story Competition28 Stories / 28 Weeks / 28 Paintings / 1 PublicationInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1000 Top Prize:Feature in an unique art and literature publication

mon05sepAll DayCity Academy's Short Story Writing CompetitionDevise a piece of short fiction that will be read by an expert panel of judges, and considered for the £1,500 first prize!UKCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£15 Max word count:4,000 Top Prize:£1,500, a City Academy voucher worth £300, and publication

mon12sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Secret Life of Data: Short Story CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:Free Max word count:4,000 Top Prize:£1000

thu15sepAll DayThe Moth Nature Writing PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:€15 Max word count:4,000 Top Prize:€1,000 and a week at Circle of Misse in France. The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth.

thu15sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Falconer 150 Essay CompetitioonUKCategory:EssayEntry Fee:Free Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:£150 and publication in anthology

sun18sepAll DaySLEEK CITY PRESS Prose ContestInternationalEntry Fee:$10 Max word count:1000 Top Prize:$600

sun18sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Love Out Loud LGBTQI+ ContestInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:Free Max word count:10,000 Top Prize:Publishing contract

mon19sepAll DayMslexia Women’s Short Story CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£12 Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:£3,000 and publication

mon19sepAll DayMslexia Women's Fiction Competition - Children's & YA NovelCategory:NovelEntry Fee:£26 Max word count:No limit (20,000 word minimum) Top Prize:£5,000

sat24sepAll DayThe Booksie 2022 Short Story CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:$5.99 Max word count:5000 Top Prize:$500 and a professional review

mon26sepAll DayTroubadour International Poetry PrizeInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:45 lines Top Prize:£2,000

tue27sepAll DayWriting About Mental Illness: Real People, Real Struggles, Real Stories:USAEntry Fee:$35 Max word count:ten double-spaced pages. Top Prize:Two-week residency with food included and weeknight meals prepared ($1,355 value)

fri30sepAll DayTom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest20th year, sponsored by Winning Writers and DuotropeInternationalEntry Fee:$20 Max word count:250 lines Top Prize:$3,000

fri30sepAll DayMiller Williams Poetry PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:$28 Max word count:90 pages Top Prize:$5,000 and publication

fri30sepAll DayCreative Writing Ink Short Story CompetitionUKEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:3000 Top Prize:£1000

fri30sepAll DayOne Page Poetry ContestUSACategory:PoetryEntry Fee:$95 Max word count:400 Top Prize:$2,000

fri30sepAll DayCrowvus Christmas Ghost Story CompetitionNow in its 6th YearUKCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:4000 Top Prize:£100

fri30sepAll DayOlga Sinclair PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:2000 Top Prize:£500

fri30sepAll DayThe Ghost Story Supernatural Fiction AwardInternationalCategory:Short FictionEntry Fee:$20 Max word count:10,000 Top Prize:$1,500

fri30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Summer Dreams Fantasy ContestInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:Free Max word count:10,000 Top Prize:Publishing contract

fri30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The History of Romance ContestInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:Free Max word count:10,000 Top Prize:Publishing contract

fri30sepAll DayDreamers Flash Fiction and Nonfiction ContestInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:$12.50 Max word count:1000 Top Prize:$150 and publication

fri30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Patricia Eschen Prize for PoetryInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:Free Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£1,000

fri30sepAll DayMinds Shine Bright Storm Writing CompetitionAustraliaEntry Fee:$5 Max word count:See website for details Top Prize:$500

fri30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!JOFFE BOOKS PRIZEUKEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No limit (minimum 50,000 words) Top Prize:£1000 and a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books

fri30sepAll DayThe Ovacome Writing CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:1,500 Top Prize:£250

october

sat01octAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Essential Queer Voices of U.S. PoetryUSACategory:PoetryEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No limit Top Prize:Publication

sat01octAll DayGrindstone International Novel PrizeInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:£16 Max word count:5,000 Top Prize:£1,000

sat01octAll Day32nd Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:$25 Max word count:8,500 or any number of poems up to 10 pages Top Prize:$5,000 and publication

sun02octAll DayDillydoun Short Story PrizeUSAEntry Fee:$25 Max word count:8,000 Top Prize:$5,000 and publication

mon03octAll DayPeter Porter Poetry PrizeInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:$25 Max word count:70 lines Top Prize:$6,000

sun09octAll DayBath Flash Fiction AwardInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:300 Top Prize:£1,000

sun16octAll DayThe Galley Beggar Press Short Story PrizeInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£10 Max word count:6,000 Top Prize:£2,500

mon31octAll DaySaveAs Writers' International Writing Competition 2022UKEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:60 lines (poetry), 3500 (short story) Top Prize:£200

mon31octAll DayAnthology Poetry AwardEntries are now invited for the Anthology Poetry AwardInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:€10 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:€500 cash prize and the chance to see work published in a future issue of Anthology

mon31octAll DayLetter Review Prize for Short StoriesUSACategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:$20 Max word count:2000 Top Prize:$650

mon31octAll DayThe National Poetry CompetitionInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:£7 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£5,000

mon31octAll DayThe Bedford International Short Story and Poetry AwardsInternationalEntry Fee: £7.50 Max word count: 3000 (short story), 40 lines (poetry) Top Prize:£1000

november

tue01novAll DayCaledonia Novel AwardInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:£25 Max word count:No limit Top Prize:£1,500

wed16novAll DayThe SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction 2022USACategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:$12 Max word count:1000 Top Prize:$2500

wed30novAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Six Word Wonder ContestStories, poems, memoirs, and jokesInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:6 Top Prize:$100 and publication

wed30novAll DayTadpole Press 100-Word Writing ContestInternationalCategory:Flash FictionEntry Fee:$10 Max word count:100 Top Prize:$1,000

wed30novAll DayNew Writers Flash Fiction CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:300 Top Prize:£700 and publication

december

thu01decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Orna Ross Green Stories Novel PrizeInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:Free Max word count:10,000 Top Prize:£1000 and manuscript appraisal

fri16decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel CompetitionInternationalCategory:NovelEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No less than 60,000 Top Prize:$10,000 and publication

sat31decAll DayMy Writing Journey CompetitionWrite an essay about the best writing tip you ever received!InternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:600 Top Prize:$200

sat31decAll DayThe Moth Poetry PrizeInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:€15 Max word count:? Top Prize:€6,000

january

mon23janAll DayCrime Essays Writing ContestUKCategory:EssayEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:3000 Top Prize:300

tue31janAll DayPulp Fictional - Writing CompetitionFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:1000 Top Prize:£250

february

tue28febAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!THE CANTERBURY TALES WRITING COMPETITIONInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:500 Top Prize:£300

april

sat01aprAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry ContestInternationalCategory:PoetryEntry Fee:Free Max word count:250 lines Top Prize:$2,000 and publication

june

fri30junAll DayTo Hull And Back - Humorous Short Story CompetitionInternationalCategory:Short StoryEntry Fee:Early bird (until 31st March 2023): £13 for 1 story, £21 for 2 stories, £26 for 3 stories. From 1st April 2023 to 30th June 2023, the entry fee is: £15 for 1 story, £24 for 2 stories, £30 for 3 stories. Max word count:2,500 Top Prize:£1,200, your head on the To Hull And Back Anthology cover and a trip to Hull on a Harley Davidson.

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