A List of Writing Competitions in 2021 and beyond

Opportunities for both experienced and aspiring writers.

Our website features the most comprehensive list of writing competitions scheduled for 2021 (and beyond). 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. If you’d like to add any new writing competitions, please submit the details using our event submission form.

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.

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26junAll DayThe Poetry London Prize 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£8 Max word count:80 lines Top Prize:£5,000

30jun12:00 am11:59 pmFree to enter! Yay!Stenen Press AwardInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:Full manuscript Top Prize:$2000 and Publication of your Book

30junAll DayNorth Street Book Prize for Self-Published BooksSponsored by Winning WritersInternationalEntry Fee:$65 Max word count:200,000 Top Prize:$5,000

30junAll DayThe Moth International Short Story Prize 2021InternationalEntry Fee:€15 Max word count:5,000 Top Prize:€3,000

30junAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting AwardInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:Not specified Top Prize:$2,500

30junAll DayFree to enter! Yay!WriteFluenza – The Open Theme short-story contestThe Open Theme short-story contestInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:3000 Top Prize:Publication

30junAll DayThe Wells Festival of Literature's CompetitionsInternationalEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:2,000 (stories) 35 lines (poetry) Top Prize:£1000

30junAll DayMeet Me @ 19th St. Memoir CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:$15 Max word count:No limit Top Prize:$100 and publication in Meet Me @ 19th Street literary journal

30junAll DayChiasmus Short Story CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:£3.50 Max word count:1001 Top Prize:Publication

30junAll DaySaki Short Story CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:£500


01julAll DayFree to enter! Yay!James Berry Poetry PrizeFor poets of colour who have not yet published a book-length collectionUKEntry Fee:Free Max word count:Portfolio of 10-12 pages of poems Top Prize:£1000

01julAll DayVivid Dreams Poetry Competition 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£8 Max word count:30 lines Top Prize:Poem featured in the Vivid Dreams exhibition at the OXO Tower, London and a cash prize equal to 50% of the ticket sales.

01julAll DayGreat American Fiction Contest7th year. Your self-published book can win up to $5,000 plus expert marketing servicesUSAEntry Fee:$10 Max word count:5,000 Top Prize:$1,000 and publication

02julAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Young Writers Program 2021Connect - Learn - EvolveInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:Publication, access to Mindselo Creators Program, Certification, and many other future opportunities

04julAll DayMcLellan Poetry Competition 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:89 lines Top Prize:£1,500

07julAll DayPage One Prize for NovelistsInternationalEntry Fee:$20 Max word count:No word count — first page of novel-in-progress Top Prize:$1,000

12julAll DayThe 2021 HG Wells Short Story CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:£10 Max word count:? Top Prize:£1,000 and publication

15julAll DayLedbury Poetry Festival 2021 Poetry CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:£5.75 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£1,000

15julAll DayThe Rattle Poetry Prize 2021InternationalEntry Fee:$25 Max word count:No limit Top Prize:$15,000

15julAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Passed Down Writing CompetitionOpen-Form Writing Competition by Exisle PublishingInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1500 Top Prize:$1500

30julAll DayThe 2021 Litpoetry Writing PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:2 pages Top Prize:Publication

31julAll DayThe Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition 2021InternationalEntry Fee:€18 Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:€2,000 and publication

31julAll DayWinchester Poetry PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£1,000

31julAll DayCreagan Writers Poetry ContestThe Layer DeeperInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£250

31julAll DayOxford Flash Fiction Prize Summer 2021UKEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:1000 Top Prize:£1000

31julAll DayFabula Press Short Story CompetitionInternationalEntry Fee:$10 Max word count:6000 Top Prize:$500

31julAll DayMrs. Rosewood – A Short-Story ContestInternationalEntry Fee:INR 150/- (Equivalent to $2) Max word count:3000 Top Prize:Publication

31julAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Unexpected Adventures Travel Writing CompetitionThe Best Travel Experiences are Not Planned!InternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:1500 Top Prize:$150

31jul1:00 am12:00 amFree to enter! Yay!Pressfuls 2021 Go Green Prize Horror and Fantasy Short Story ContestInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:5000 Top Prize:$100


01augAll DayGrindstone International Short Story PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:£12 Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:£500

01augAll DaySydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition 2021AustraliaEntry Fee:$12 Max word count:1,000 Top Prize:$250 and publication

02aug1:00 am1:00 amA COLLECTION OF HORROR SHORT STORIESUKEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:2,000 Top Prize:Publication

06augAll DaySearchlight Awards – Best Children’s Bedtime StoryInternationalEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:500 Top Prize:£300 and publications

15augAll DayFree to enter! Yay!The Yale Drama SeriesInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:No limit Top Prize:$10,000, publication of manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater

31augAll DayAesthetica Poetry and Short Story Creative Writing Award 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£12 (poetry), £18 (short story) Max word count:40 lines (poetry), 2,000 (short story) Top Prize:£2,500 and publication

31augAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Hay Festival Write For ChangeCreativity inspired by COP-26UKEntry Fee:Free Max word count:500 Top Prize:Publication

31augAll DaySaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£3 Max word count:60 lines (poetry), 2500 words (prose) Top Prize:£200


01sepAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Immerse Cambridge & Oxford Summer School Essay CompetitionUKEntry Fee:Free Top Prize:opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate in an Immerse summer programme.

01sep1:00 am1:00 amThe Lamp Theatre Script SelectionInternationalEntry Fee:£6 Max word count:Full manuscript Top Prize:Public Performance

13sepAll DayImpress Prize for New WritersImpress BooksUKEntry Fee:£25 Max word count:6,000 word sample Top Prize:£500, and an opportunity to be published with Impress Books

15sepAll DayThe Moth Nature Writing PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:€15 Max word count:4,000 Top Prize: €1,000 and publication

20sepAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Black Writers In Children's Literature: Writing ContestUSAEntry Fee:Free Max word count:125 for board books, 800 for picture books Top Prize:$1,000, t-shirt, tote bag, and meeting with Strive and Free Spirit

20sepAll DayMslexia Women’s Short Story Competition 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£12 Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:£3,000

30sep12:00 am11:59 pmTom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry ContestSponsored by Winning WritersInternationalEntry Fee:$15 Max word count:250 lines Top Prize:$3,000

30sepAll DayOvacome Writing Competition 2021UKEntry Fee:£5 Max word count:2,000 Top Prize:£250

30sepAll DayFree to enter! Yay!The César Egido Serrano Foundation International Short Story ContestInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:100 Top Prize:$20,000

30sepAll DayThe First Page Challenge - A WRITING CONTEST FOR NOVELISTSA Writing Contest for NovelistsEntry Fee:$5 Max word count:One page Top Prize:$70


01oct1:00 am1:00 amGrindstone International Novel PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:£18 Max word count:3,000 Top Prize:£1,000

31octAll DayDillydoun International Fiction PrizeUSAEntry Fee:$25 Max word count:8,000 Top Prize:$2,000

31octAll DayAnthology Poetry Award 2021InternationalEntry Fee:€10 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:€500 and publication

31octAll DayThe National Poetry Competition 2021InternationalEntry Fee:£7 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:£5,000

31oct1:00 am1:00 amThe Bedford CompetitionShort Story and Poetry Competitions UKEntry Fee:£7.50 per entry or 3 entries for £15 . Students £5 or 3 entries for £10 Max word count:Short Stories: 3000 words. Poems: up to 40 lines Top Prize:£1000

31oct1:00 am1:00 amAnthology Magazine Poetry PrizeInternationalEntry Fee:€10 Max word count:40 lines Top Prize:€500 cash prize and work published in a future issue of Anthology


10decAll DayFree to enter! Yay!Kemper Human Rights Education Essay ContestsInternationalEntry Fee:Free Max word count:2500 Top Prize:$2000

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