How to find good writing competitions to enter?
Our website features the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, prizes, and awards for writers scheduled for 2021. The list includes mainly short story, poetry, and flash fiction competitions, but there are also many events for essay writers and even prizes for entire novel manuscripts. Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, entry fees, submission deadlines, and the first place prize. Clicking on an entry opens a new page featuring a more detailed description and a link to the organizer’s submission page. Events that are free to enter are highlighted.
In case of questions about a particular event, please reach out to the event organizer. We do not run any of the events listed on this page, so we will be unable to answer your questions. Please do your research before entering any event.
How do you write a good short story for a competition?
If you’d like to learn more about preparing and submitting your writing to a competition, and some practical tips on how to write, please read our dedicated blog post on the topic. You may also want to check out our great list of books for writers (about writing). If you are looking to get some of your existing writing published, it is worth having a look at our curated list of creative writing journals and literary platforms accepting submissions.
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22janAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Fantasy Banquet for BibliophilesA creative writing competition from The Book CollectorInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 1,000 Top Prize: £500 and publication
31janAll DayMighty Pens Winter Short Story CompetitionMighty Pens Winter Short Story CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £4 Max word count: 1000 Top Prize: Gift card and publication in Mighty Pens Members' Magazine
31jan1:00 am1:00 amFirst Chapter CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £10 Max word count: 3,500 Top Prize: Submission package (cover letter, synopsis and first three chapters) review and feedback from judge Sam Jordison
12febAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Writers' & Artists' Short Story CompetitionFree annual short story competitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 2,000 Top Prize: Publication and residential writing course
15feb1:00 am11:59 pmFrosted Fire - First Pamphlet poetry CompetitionWin publication of your first poetry collectionUK Entry Fee: £10 Max word count: 5,000 Top Prize: Publication of 32-page pamphlet, 50 free copies, fee for headline poet reading event
01marAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Meet Me @ 19th Street Literary Journal Writing CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: The first chapter of your novel Top Prize: $100, publication,and consideration for the Arch Street Prize
31marAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Voice of Peace: 1st Intercontinental Poetry And Short Story Anthology 2021Uniting The World for PeaceInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 14 lines (poetry), 500 words (short story) Top Prize: Physical Award of Distinction
07mayAll DayAnnual Writers Digest Writing CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: $20-$35 depending on category Max word count: Depends on category - check organizer's site for details Top Prize: $1,000 and author interview in Writer’s Digest
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