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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.

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december

mon04decAll DayMslexia Women's Poetry Competition 2023CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£10 Max word countNo limit? (confirm with organizer) Top Prize £2,000 and publication

sun10decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Skobeloff Love and Romance AnthologyCategoryShort StoryUKEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top PrizePublication

thu14decAll DayThe Latin Programme Poetry Prize 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£14 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£200

sun17decAll DayThe Masters Review Chapbook Open 2023CategoryChapbookInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count45 pages Top Prize$3000, manuscript publication, and 75 contributor copies

mon18decAll DayReadWrite Strategies Funny Workplace Anthology ContestCategoryNon-fictionUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count1200 Top Prize$500

sat23decAll DayFFF Competition NineteenCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry Fee£3.80 Max word count300 Top Prize£150

sun31decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!The Auroras & Blossoms Magazine Issue 2CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top PrizeRoyalties to those who are published and donate

sun31decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Wiingy Future STEM Leaders ScholarshipCategoryEssayUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count600 Top Prize$1200

sun31decAll DayValorious AwardsCategoryNovelInternationalEntry Fee$35 Max word countNo limit Top Prize$500 (US), Valorious Award trophy

sun31decAll DayThe Letter Review PrizeCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word countDepends on category. Check with organizer. Top Prize$333 and publication

sun31decAll DayThe Moth Poetry Prize 2023CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee€15 Max word countNo limit Top Prize€6,000

sun31decAll DayThe 2023 Society of Classical Poets Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$20 Max word count108 lines Top Prize$2,000

sun31decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!My Writing Journey CompetitionCategoryEssayInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count600 Top Prize$200

sun31decAll DayThe Tampa Review Prize for Poetry 2023CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count100 pages Top Prize$2,000 and book publication

sun31decAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Lilith Magazine Annual Fiction ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word countDepends on category. Check with organizer. Top Prize$300 and publication

january

sun07janAll DayThe Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£4 Max word count30 lines Top Prize£300 and publication

mon08janAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Quantum Shorts - Flash FictionCategoryFlash FictionInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count1000 Top Prize$1500

sun14janAll DayThe Page is Printed 2024CategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word countone side of A4 paper Top Prize£100

sun14janAll DayThe 2024 Colorado Prize for PoetryCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee$28 Max word count100 pages Top Prize$2,500 honorarium and publication

mon15janAll DayGeorgia Review Prose PrizeCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$30 Max word count9000 Top Prize$1500

mon15janAll DayWinter Anthology Contest: Compelling First ChaptersCategoryNovelUSAEntry Fee$20 Max word count3,000 Top Prize$1000 and anthology publication. All finalists will receive $50 and anthology publication.

mon15janAll DayRattle Chapbook PrizeCategoryChapbookInternationalEntry Fee$25 Max word count30 pages Top Prize$5,000 and 500 author copies of their chapbook

fri19janAll DayNot Quite Write Prize for Flash FictionCategoryFlash FictionAustraliaEntry Fee$25 Max word count500 Top Prize$1000

mon22janAll Day2024 Calibre Essay PrizeCategoryEssayInternationalEntry Fee$20-30 Max word count5,000 Top Prize$5,000 and publication

wed31janAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Cheshire Prize for Literature 2023CategoryMultiple categoriesUKEntry FeeFree Max word countDepends on category. Check with organizer. Top PrizeDepends on category. Check with organizer.

wed31janAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Story Unlikely's Annual Short Story ContestCategoryMultiple categoriesUSAEntry FeeFree Max word count4500 Top Prize$750

wed31janAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!Discourse Literary Journal Monthly Writing Competition - FebruaryCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count5000 Top PrizePublication

wed31janAll DayOxford Flash Fiction Prize 2024CategoryFlash FictionUKEntry Fee£7 Max word count1000 Top Prize£1000

wed31janAll DayClash of the Query LettersCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$5 Max word count500 Top Prize$700

wed31janAll DayNew Writers Flash Fiction Competition 2024CategoryFlash FictionUKEntry Fee£10 (£8 early bird price until 30th November 2023) Max word count300 Top Prize£1,000

wed31janAll DayMagma 2023/24 Poetry CompetitionCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count10-50 lines Top Prize£1,000

wed31janAll DayKent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£5 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£1,000

february

fri23febAll DayThe Elmbridge Literary Competition 2023-24CategoryMultiple categoriesUKEntry Fee£5 Max word count1500 Top Prize£250

thu29febAll DayEdinburgh Short Story AwardCategoryShort FictionInternationalEntry Fee$10 Max word count2000 Top Prize£3,000

thu29febAll DayThis event is FREE to enter! Yay!THE CANTERBURY TALES WRITING COMPETITIONCategoryPoetryInternationalEntry FeeFree Max word count500 Top Prize£300

march

fri01mar1:00 amfri1:00 amBest Short Stories on the Human Impact of Climate ChangeCategoryShort StoryUSAEntry Fee$10 Max word count3,000 Top Prize$1,000

sun31marAll DayMinds Shine Bright Seasons Writing CompetitionCategoryMultiple categoriesInternationalEntry Fee$5 Max word countDepends on category (check organizer's website) Top Prize$500 and publication

april

mon01aprAll DayThe Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2024CategoryPoetryInternationalEntry Fee£7 Max word count40 lines Top Prize£1000

may

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

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