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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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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
03may1:00 am1:00 amFree entry!Mavis Batey Essay PrizeInternational Entry Fee: Free
Max word count: 6,000
Top Prize: £250, free membership of the Gardens Trust for a year and consideration for publication in our peer-reviewed, scholarly journal
08jun12:00 am11:45 pmAurora Prize for WritingUK Entry Fee: £9 first entries, £7 for additional entries
Max word count: 2,000 words for short stories, 60 lines for poetry
Top Prize: £500 cash, feedback from leading literary agent and annual membership to Society of Authors
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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