Writing Contests and Competitions – Weekly Updates

Opportunities for aspiring and experienced writers.

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

We are keen to encourage quality submissions, so suggest writers to check their stories before submitting using Prowritingaid. They have free and paid versions and are the best writing software we know to help improve grammar, readability and check for repetition, ‘sticky’ sentences and suggest alternatives.

Please do your own research before deciding to enter any event. In case of questions about a particular event, please reach out to the event organizer.

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May 2024

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

fri31mayAll DaySolar 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!Sapere Books Writing CompetitionCategorySynopsisInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count2000 Top PrizeContract for a five-book series

fri31may12:00 amfri11:59 pm6th Annual Writerwerx University Poetry ContestCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word count100 Top Prize$100 in cash and $500 in book development services credits.

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

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

fri31mayAll DayThe 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 Day2024 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

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June 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sun23junAll DayLichfield 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

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July 2024

mon01julAll DayQueen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£12 Max word count3,000 Top Prize£1000

mon01julAll DayDorothy Dunnett Society and Historical Writers’ Association Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count3500 Top Prize£500 and mentoring sessions from author and agent

sun07julAll DayNorth Street Book PrizeCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$79 Max word count200,000 Top Prize$10,000

sun07julAll DayHastings Book Festival Writing CompetitionCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£8.25 Max word count 2,500 (short stories); 40 (poetry) Top Prize£250

mon08jul2:11 pmmon2:11 pm2024 HG Wells Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word count5,000 Top Prize£1,000 and publication

mon15julAll DayRattle Poetry Prize 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$30 Max word countNo limit Top Prize$15,000

fri19julAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Patricia Eschen Children’s Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count40 lines Top Prize£150

fri19julAll DayThe Patricia Eschen Prize for PoetryCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£2000

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August 2024

thu01augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The MoonLit Getaway Grand Opening ContestCategoryFlash FictionUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top Prize$100

thu08augAll DayThe 21st Annual Gival Press Short Story AwardCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count15,000 Top Prize$1,000 and publication

sat31augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Kindle Storyteller AwardCategoryFull ManuscriptInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word countNo limit Top Prize£20,000 and a merchandise package

sat31augAll DayAnthology Personal Memoir CompetitionCategorymemoirInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count1,500 Top Prize€500 and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology

sat31augAll Day21 Futures: Financial FalloutCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$9.99 Max word count3000 Top Prize$1000

sat31augAll DayAesthetica Creative Writing Award 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£12 - £18 Max word count2,000 (fiction); 40 lines (poetry) Top Prize£2,500 and publication

sat31augAll DayAnthology Personal Memoir Competition 2024CategorymemoirInternationalEntry Fee€10 Max word count1000 Top Prize€500

September 2024

sun01sep12:01 amsun11:59 pmThe Scribes PrizeCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee$5 Max word count110 Top Prize$250

fri06sepAll DayToes in the Sand Romance Story ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count50,000 Top Prize$300 and publication

mon30sepAll DayAnthology Flash Fiction Competition 2024CategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee€12 Max word count250 Top Prize€300

mon30sepAll DayAnthology Nature Writing Competition 2024CategoryNon-fictionInternationalEntry Fee€10 Max word count1000 Top Prize€500

mon30sepAll DayOne Page Poetry ContestCategoryPoetryUSAEntry Fee$25 Max word count300 Top Prize$2,000

October 2024

tue01octAll DayTom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry ContestCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$22 Max word count250 lines Top Prize$3,500

thu31octAll DayAnthology Poetry Competition 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee€18 Max word count40 lines Top Prize€1000

November 2024

sat30novAll DayAnthology Travel Writing Competition 2024CategoryNon-fictionInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count1000 Top Prize€500

sat30novAll DayTHE BATH NOVEL AWARDSInternational writing competition for novels and children’s booksCategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£29.99 ( sponsored places for writers on a low income available) Max word count5,000 Top Prize£5,000 and full manuscript feedback

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