Opportunities to win prizes and get published!
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 events 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 events 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 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.
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We hope you find this list useful, and wish you good luck with your writing!
03feb1:00 am1:00 amSpread the Word’s Life Writing PrizeUK Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 5,000 Top Prize: £1,500, writing course, membership of the Royal Society of Literature, meeting with an agent and editor
15feb12:00 am11:59 pmStockholm Writers PrizeInternational Entry Fee: $25 Max word count: 1,500 Top Prize: $1000 (USD) towards flights and travel costs, free tuition to the Stockholm Writers Festival, six nights accommodation in Stockholm, a 1-1 meeting with an agent, and individual feedback from our guest judge.
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
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