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).
15aug1:00 am1:00 amMoved OnlineFree to enter!The Yale Drama SeriesCompetition for emerging playwrightsInternational
Max word count: Full manuscript ,
Top Prize: $10,000 and publication ,
31aug1:00 am1:00 amMoved OnlineThe Hysteria Writing CompetitionInternational
Max word count: 600 (short story), 100 (flash fiction), 12 lines (poetry) ,
Top Prize: £25 and publication 600 (short story), 100 (flash fiction), 12 lines (poetry) ,
15sep1:00 am1:00 amMoved OnlineInaugural Moth Nature Writing PrizeInternational
Max word count: 4,000 ,
Top Prize: €1,000, publication, and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland ,
26sep1:00 am1:00 amFree to enter!Style X Black Writers’ Guild Essay CompetitionUK
Max word count: 800 words ,
Top Prize: Six months’ worth of mentoring, including a one-off mentoring session with Bernardine Evaristo ,
30sep12:00 am11:45 pmThe First Page ChallengeInternational
Max word count: a single double-spaced page ,
Top Prize: $200 minimum (each entry contributes to pool; last contest paid out $870) ,
01oct1:00 am1:00 am30th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ PrizeInternational
Max word count: 8,500 words or any number of poems up to 10 pages ,
Top Prize: $5,000 Fiction, $5,000 Nonfiction, $5,000 Poetry ,
30novAll DayMoved OnlineThe Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry CompetitionInternational
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
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 ,
31dec1:00 am1:00 amWrite From The Heart Micro Fiction CompetitionA monthly Micro Fiction Competition with a differenceInternational
Max word count: 100 ,
Top Prize: A share in total prize pool ,
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