Welcome to the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions and events for writers on the internet.
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 :)
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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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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
01jul1:00 am1:00 amOnline eventFeaturedSir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting AwardOnline Entry Fee: Free Max word count: a maximum of one-hour commercial length Top Prize: $2,500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala
16jul1:00 am1:00 amOnline eventFeaturedMichael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing CompetitionsOnline Entry Fee: €10 or €15 Max word count: 2,000 (short story), 500 (flash fiction), 40 lines (poetry) Top Prize: Publication
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