Welcome to the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, short story competitions, and various events for writers.
Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, associated fees, submission deadlines, and the maximum prize that can be won. Clicking on an item 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.
The most common type of writing competitions on our list are short story competitions, but we also feature opportunities for poetry, flash fiction, essays, and full manuscripts. We hope there is something here to satisfy every taste :)
We try to keep this list as up-to-date as possible. If you’d like to add any new writing competitions, please submit the details using the event submission form. We appreciate your feedback, so please feel free to message us with any ideas or suggestions. In case of any questions about a particular writing competition, please contact the event organizer.
If you’d like to learn more about the pros and cons of submitting your writing to such events, as well as some practical tips, please read our dedicated blog post on the topic. 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. You may also want to check out our great list of books for writers (about writing).
Join our new Facebook group to get updates first and interact with other indie writers like yourself.
30novAll DayBath Children's Novel AwardInternational prize for emerging children's novelistsInternational Entry Fee: £28 (sponsored places available for writers on a low income) Max word count: Full manuscripts (no maximum) Top Prize: £3,000
30novAll DayMoved OnlineThe Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: €7 Max word count: 40 lines Top Prize: €2,000, publication, a week\'s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre
30nov1:00 am1:00 amMoved OnlineSoundwork Monologue CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: monologue of up to ten minutes Top Prize: Recording by professional actor and production for inclusion on Soundcloud and the Soundwork website
30nov1:00 am1:00 amThe Charles Causley International Poetry CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £7.50 Max word count: 40 lines Top Prize: £2,000 plus a 1 week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston
01dec1:00 am1:00 amWomen's National Book Association Writing ContestInternational Entry Fee: $15 Max word count: 3,000 (fiction), 2,500 (creative nonfiction), 750 (flash), 5 pages (poetry) Top Prize: $250 and publication
04decAll DayFree to enter! Yay!The Sunday Times Audible Short Story AwardThe richest prize for a single short story in the English languageInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 6,000 Top Prize: £30,000
06decAll DayFree to enter! Yay!MINI SAGA COMPETITION: Write a story in 50 wordsInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 50 Top Prize: £25 Love to Shop card, which can be spent in Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Boots, Argos, Fat Face and over 80 other shops
12decAll DayDaisy Pettles Women’s Writing ContestAwards and ResidencyInternational Entry Fee: $45-$0. Applicants with FINANCIAL HARDSHIP may apply for a full or partial fee waiver Max word count: 20 pages Top Prize: $1000 Cash Grant Award and 1 month of expense-free living at the Daisy Pettles Writer’s House (a $2,500 value)
31dec1:00 am11:59 pmITS Groups Children’s Fiction and Novel CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £10 Max word count: 500 Top Prize: Book illustration (£600 value) + video animation of the story (£3000 value)+ £200 + Publication
31dec1:00 am1:00 amWrite From The Heart Micro Fiction CompetitionA monthly Micro Fiction Competition with a differenceInternational Entry Fee: $2 Max word count: 100 Top Prize: A share in total prize pool
01jan1:00 am1:00 amFree to enter! Yay!St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: Full manuscript Top Prize: Publishing contract with a $10,000 advance
17jan1:00 am1:00 amFree to enter! Yay!Women's Prize Trust Novel Discoveries PrizePrize for women who have started a novelUK Entry Fee: Free Max word count: First 10,00 words of your novel + synopsis Top Prize: £5,000
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
Would you like to add an event to our list?
We need your help
Developing, improving and maintaining our resources takes a lot of time, and donations are a big part of what allows us to keep our calendar as up-to-date as possible. If you’d like to help, please support us with a donation of any amount. It really does make all the difference!