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Welcome to the most comprehensive online list of creative writing competitions and 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 and marked as ‘featured’.
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 at the bottom of the page. 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.
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03mar1:00 am1:00 amNewcastle Poetry CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: £6
Max word count: 40 lines
Top Prize: £1,000, plus a week-long residency in the Contemporary Poetry Archives at Newcastle University during the Newcastle Poetry Festival
15mar12:00 am11:45 pmDESPERATE LITERATURE PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTIONInternational Entry Fee: €20
Max word count: 2,000
Top Prize: €1000, a week’s residency at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, consultation with a Literary Agent
29mar1:00 am1:00 amFree entry!Limnisa Short Story CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 1,000
Top Prize: One week, all inclusive, writers’ retreat at a seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece
31mar12:00 am12:00 amFree entry!Inkitt 2020 Horror ContestInternational Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: No limit
Top Prize: $1,000, one-on-one professional coaching, social media feature, Inkitt badge
20apr1:00 am1:00 amSoundwork Short Story CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 2,500
Top Prize: Recording by professional actor and placement on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website.
30apr12:00 am11:45 pmWords from the King Book Publishing ContestInternational Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: Full manuscript
Top Prize: A traditional publishing contract with EMC covering book production, publishing investments, distribution in Europe, and royalties
15jun1:00 am1:00 amThe Paz Prize for Poetry Competition(for a book of poetry originally written in Spanish by an American resident)USA Entry Fee: $35
Max word count: Full length - 48-64 pages
Top Prize: $2,000
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