Writing Competitions – 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.

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.

Use our online form to submit a new event to our list.

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. We also suggest checking out our article about the Best Apps for Creative Writing.

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march 2024

fri01marAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Alpine Fellowship Poetry PrizeCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count500 Top Prize£3,000

fri01marAll DayGutsy Great Novelist Chapter One PrizeCategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word countFirst chapter only Top Prize$1,000

fri01marAll DayThe Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story PrizeCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count750 Top Prize$1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers

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

fri01marAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!PFD Queer Fiction PrizeCategoryNovelInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word countThree chapters and a synopsis Top PrizeRepresentation by the Peters Fraser + Dunlop agency

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april 2024

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

sun31marAll DayThe Plough Poetry PrizeInternational Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£1,000

sun31marAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Witcraft Monthly Humour CompetitionCategoryMultiple categoriesAustraliaEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top Prize$50

sun31marAll DayThe International Rubery Book AwardCategoryFull ManuscriptInternationalEntry Fee€60 Max word countCheck with organizer Top Prize£2000

sun31marAll DayThe E. H. P. Barnard Spring Poetry PrizeCategoryPoetryUKEntry Fee£2 Max word count400 Top Prize£100 and a poem video, professionally performed, produced and promoted

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may 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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june 2024

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

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

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

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

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july 2024

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

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

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

sun21jul1:00 amsun1:00 amWrite by the Sea - Writing Competition 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesIrelandEntry Fee€10 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top Prize€500

wed31julAll DayAnthology Short Story Competition 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count1500 Top Prize€1000

august 2024

wed31julAll DayAnthology Short Story Competition 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count1500 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 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 DayAnthology Personal Memoir Competition 2024CategorymemoirInternationalEntry Fee€10 Max word count1000 Top Prize€500

september 2024

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

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

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october 2024

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

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

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