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.
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We hope you find this list useful, and wish you good luck with your writing!
30nov1:00 am1:00 amFree entry!The Brunel University African Poetry PrizeInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 30 lines Top Prize: entrant must submit 10 poems to be eligible, no more and no less
03jan1:00 am1:00 amFree entry!St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: Full manuscript Top Prize: $10,000 and publication
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.