Writing Contests and Competitions – Weekly Updates

Opportunities for aspiring and experienced writers.

Welcome to our comprehensive list of writing contests and competitions. Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, entry fees, submission deadlines, and the first place prize.

Our list features writing competitions in the following categories:

  • short stories and flash fiction
  • poetry
  • novel and novella manuscripts
  • essays and non-fiction
  • memoirs and screenwriting

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.

Join our Facebook group for updatesSubscribe to our newsletterAdd an eventDonate

Current Month

June 2024

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

mon24junAll Day2024 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!Imagine 2200 – Climate Fiction Short Story Contest 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top Prize$3,000

fri28junAll DayThe 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 DayWells 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!The Elegant Literature Award For New WritersSecret SocietiesCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree (for Elegant Literature members) Max word count2000 Top Prize$3,000

Show more events in this month

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

mon01jul7:40 pmmon7:40 pmThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Studybay Annual Spring Essay Contest 2024Unlocking potential, inspiring futures.CategoryEssayInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top Prize$1,500 and publication

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

mon08julAll DayLedbury Poetry Competition 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£6 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£1000

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

Show more events in this month

August 2024

thu01augAll DaySydney Hammond Memorial Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$17.50 Max word count1,000 Top PrizeA ticket to the Children and Young Adult (CYA) Conference, membership, publication

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

wed07augAll DayThe Aurora Prize For WritingCategoryPoetry,Short FictionUKEntry Fee£9 Max word count2,000 (short fiction); 60 lines (poetry) Top Prize£500 cash prize and feedback literary agent or editor

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

mon19aug7:55 pmmon7:55 pmWrite About Walking TogetherCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word count250 Top Prize€100 euros plus artwork for a poem and a similar prize for a story

wed28augAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Future Scholar Foundation Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count350 Top Prize$25 Amazon Gift Card

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 DayWOW! Summer 2024 Flash Fiction ContestCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word count750 Top Prize$600, Reedsy's How to Write a Novel Master Course ($1249.00 value), publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate

Show more events in this month

September 2024

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

sun01sep9:00 amsun11:59 pmSearchlight’s Best Novel Opening for Children or Young Adults CompetitionCategoryNovelUKEntry Fee£16 Max word count1200 Top Prize£1000 and a one-to-one call with the agent judge

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

mon23sep7:47 pmmon7:47 pmMslexia Women's Short Story Competition 2024CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£12 Max word count3,000 Top Prize£3,000 and publication

sat28sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Future Scholar Foundation Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count350 Top Prize$25 Amazon Gift Card

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

mon30sepAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Writers College Annual Short Story CompetitionProudly Supporting Emerging WritersCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count2000 Top Prize$1000 and publication

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

Show more events in this month

October 2024

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

wed02octAll DaySaints & Sinners Short Fiction ContestOpen to LGBTQ+ authors at all stages of their careersInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count7,000 Top Prize$500 and publication

tue15oct3:35 pmtue12:00 amCaledonia Novel Award 2025CategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£28 Max word countFirst 20 pages and a 200-word synopsis Top Prize£1500

sun20octAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Letterkenny Literary Festival Flash Fiction competitionCategoryFlash FictionIrelandEntry FeeFree Max word count300 Top Prize€150

mon28octAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Future Scholar Foundation Short Story CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count350 Top Prize$25 Amazon Gift Card

thu31octAll DayNovel Opening and Synopsis CompetitionCategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word count3000 Top Prize£500 and publication

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

thu31octAll DayBedford Short Story Writing CompetitionCategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee£8.50 Max word count3000 Top Prize£1500

November 2024

sat30novAll DayBath Children’s Novel Award 2024CategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee£29.99 Max word count5,000 plus one page synopsis of novel Top Prize£5,000

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

February 2025

thu27febAll DayNext Generation Short Story AwardsA not-for-profit international awards program for authors of short stories.CategoryShort StoryInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count5,000 Top Prize$500 and publication

RSS Feed for our events

Join our Facebook group for updatesSubscribe to our newsletterAdd an event

Back to Top