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⭐Short Story, Poetry, Scriptwriting  Deadline: SEP 30

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A WARM MUG OF COZY

Anthology: Submission Guidelines:  Do you like writing short cozy mysteries? If so, we would love to invite you to submit your work for potential inclusion in our first Warm Mug of Cozy Anthology.  Submission deadline: May 31, 2023.  Who can participate: Anyone at least 17 years of age, including emerging authors and never-published writers.  Language: English only.
https://warmmugofcozy.com/anthology-submission/


ALMOND PRESS

Welcome to the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, short story competitions, and various 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.
https://dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-contests/


ASSOCIATION OF WRTERS & WRITING PROGRAMS

Writer’s Calendar
The AWP Writer’s Calendar contains a list of upcoming events for writers; deadlines for grants, awards, and calls for submission; and deadlines for AWP contests and programs. Certain calendar listings, such as AWP and WC&C events, are available to all users. Become a member today to begin exploring our listings of grants, awards, and publication opportunities.  Join to get the full information.
https://www.awpwriter.org/
Writers Calendar (events): https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/writers_calendar


BECOME A WRITER TODAY

There are as many different types of writing competitions as there are genres of content, from short story and poetry contests to science fiction, picture book, and chapbook competitions. Submitting your best work to a writing contest can help you build your reputation as an author, network with other industry professionals, and build your resume.  Here are the top 44 writing contests to apply for and answers to your most frequently asked questions about writing competitions.  Now listing the top 44 writing contests for authors.
https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-contests/
writing jobs: https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-jobs/


BOOK PIPELINE

The 2023 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


BOOKSIE

List of various genre contests
https://www.booksie.com/writing-contests


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

We are committed to discovering and championing new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction, novel and memoir. Our alumni read like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Fay Weldon. Trust us with your words and it really could be your name up here next year.
Categories:  (Scroll down)  
https://thebridportprize.submittable.com/submit
https://bridportprize.org.uk/the-competition/


CANADIAN AUTHORS

Do you feel you’ve written the next great Canadian short story, novel, or poem? We have compiled a list of writing contests open to Canadians that include fiction and non-fiction contests, short story contests, and poetry contests. Our listing of writing competitions appear in order of deadline dates and, because there are hundreds upon hundreds of contests, we have separated them by month. Please remember to check out the details for all writing competitions at the websites provided — most sites have additional information, including submission guidelines and rules.
Contests by month :
https://canadianauthors.org/national/links/awards-competitions/


CHANTICLEER INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2022

16 Fiction Genere Divisions • Fiction Genere • Multiple Non-Fiction Divisions – A large list of contests for 2022-2023 by various genre.
https://www.chantireviews.com/contests/


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.
https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


COMPETIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

A list of available writing contest for all genre.
https://intercompetition.com/writing


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

Listed by genre:  Use the left menu bar.  Scroll to CATEGORIES and find what you want.
Short Story Contest deadline extended to September 30, 2023
https://creativewritingink.co.uk/writing-competitions/


CURIOSITY NEVER KILLED THE WRITER – THE MEDIUM

45 Writing Contests this September there are more than four dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes range from $100,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.  Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.  If you want to get a jump on next month’s contests go to Free Contests. Most of these contests are offered annually, so even if the deadline is past, you can prepare for next year.
https://medium.com/curiosity-never-killed-the-writer/45-writing-contests-in-september-2023-no-entry-fees-16f5535297d8


EMBARK JOURNAL

The opening of your novel: minimum 2,500 words, maximum 4,000 words. The novel in question must be unpublished at the time of submission—meaning that it cannot be either traditionally published or self-published. If it is scheduled to be published in the future, its publication date must come after the month in which the next Embark issue is scheduled to be released. Your novel can be in any genre and may be partially or completely written, but in either case you should have a firm sense of its overarching themes and structure. We are looking for polished, confident work that reflects.  We accept submissions all year. Those received by September 1, 2023, will be considered for our nineteenth issue, which will be released in October 2023. clear authorial intention.
https://embarkliteraryjournal.com/submissions/?fbclid=IwAR11Yxf8nNJi4h_-DeU-LngVrjU-I6Q6Hhnhv3xteQRxwSrcjGKEf1bNk94


FAN STORY

Several contests listed – scroll for details and deadlines
https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp


FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

The 2023 Florida Writers Association Collection, Volume 15 theme is secrets: those untold, unseen, and seldom shared places, events, and mysteries we all carry in the hidden recess of our hearts and minds. This theme is open to a range of possibilities, so it’s with high expectations that we invite our members to submit their best fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.  Deadline: April 30, 2023
https://www.floridawriters.org/writing-contests


★ FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


FREE YOUR PEN

2023 Novel Writing Competitions. These competitions are for unpublished or self-published novels and novellas for international writers, plus a few for UK or US residents only. It’s a long list and accurate as far as possible, updated monthly, so bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for all these comps personally, but if you have experience of them, let us know in the comments.  See the right sidebar for list of current updates by genre.
https://jesdavidson.wordpress.com/2021/01/30/novel-writing-competitions-list/


FREEDOM WITH WRITING

Check out their Lastest listings page for various types of contests and Calls for Submission.  Magazines, Anthologies, Editors looking for pitches, Remote Jobs, Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry and more.
https://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/


F(R)ICTION

We’ve put together this handy page to make it easier to navigate the various submission routes we offer, so please read all guidelines below thoroughly before submitting.  For our print magazine, we accept short fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry—regardless of genre, style, or origin. To get an idea of the kind of work we look for and the ethos behind what we do, please check out this page from our editors detailing what we look for in our submissions and this CLMP Member Spotlight article. And please note that we strongly encourage you to check out a past issue of F(r)iction, available in our shop. Submissions are accepted year-round.
https://frictionlit.org/about/submit/


FUNDS FOR WRITERS

Writing contests provide steps up for a writer – especially a struggling writer. A portfolio that contains contest wins means more than many clips. Can’t afford the entry fees? Consider entering one contest a quarter or something more amiable to your pocketbook. A few are free. Contests provide prizes, prestige and usually publication with many offering book contracts. Denouncing contests from your writing repertoire is like discounting an entire genre or refusing to eat yellow vegetables. You’re giving up something valuable that may serve you and your career well.  Variety of Genres.
https://fundsforwriters.com/contests/


GLOBAL SOUP

Short Story and 7 Day Short Writing Contests:
https://www.globesoup.net/writing-competitions


HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Love Inspired Suspense is actively seeking submissions! Check out our editors’ wishlist. If you have a contemporary inspirational romantic suspense of about 55,000 words, we invite you to submit.

Our editors are acquiring stories for a new romance line coming to Harlequin in January 24 – Afterglow Books! Aimed at a broad readership, including the under-35 romance reader, we’re looking for spicy romances grounded in relatable character journeys. Everyone deserves a love story that’s true to who they are.
https://www.writeforharlequin.com/submission-calls/


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

A listing of competitions around the world.
https://intercompetition.com/writing


KENYON REVIEW

The Short Fiction Contest. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 3000 words or fewer. The final judge will be acclaimed author Danielle Evans. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2023 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Additional info on the Writers Workshops is available here. 
https://kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/


KINGDOM WRITERS GUILD

For this quarter’s free writing contest, we want your best flash fiction on the theme “Back to Life”. This is an opportunity to prove your work, and the winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card and have their story published to the School of Kingdom Writers website.  We’re giving you a little more breathing room this time. The maximum word count for this contest is 1,500 words. Short stories of all types, genres, and styles are welcome, but it should be narrative in nature (a story, not poetry, lyrics, etc.)
https://nothingintherulebook.com/media-submit-your-work/media-submit-your-work/


KOTOBEE BLOG

200+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2023 –Writing could be rewarding in itself, but joining a writing contest could be even more exciting. Whether you need a push to finish your manuscript or want to get better exposure, competing with other writers is a great way to prove your talent and advance in the writing field.  Are you ready to win some awards? Take a look at the writing contests happening in 2023 and start sharpening your skills.
Sort by Genre and Month.
https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2023/


MACMILLIAN PUBLISHERS

2024 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition – Welcome to the 2023 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition.  Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry. You can find the complete rules and guidelines at us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/writing-competitions.  To enter, you must complete this form and upload an electronic file of your Manuscript. – Only electronic submissions, uploaded through this entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.  Deadline:December15,2023
https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/submit-manuscript/


NEOVEL

The theme of the contest is “Love makes us stronger”.
Write the story of characters who must face incredible struggles to be together. Together, they learn that love can be the source of their strength and courage. This romance should begin in late Spring or early Summer. The most important struggle must appear in the story before the end of the 4th chapter and must be mentioned in your synopsis.
https://neovel.io/contest/stronger-together-contest?tab=2


NEWSPAGES BLOG

A variety of completions listed.  Use the filters to narrow down tyour search.
https://www.newpages.com/submission-opportunities/writing-contests/


NOTHING IN THE RULE BOOK

List of creative writing competitions for 2022 – no new 2023 contests listed yet.
https://nothingintherulebook.com/2022/02/21/40-writing-competitions-for-2022/


THE NOVEL FACTORY

Many of these novel writing competitions are very prestigious, and highly likely to lead to agent representation and / or publication. We have not included any competitions that do not present a satisfactory level of credibility and authority.
https://www.novel-software.com/novel-writing-competitions/


THE NOVELRY

Several 2023 Writing Competitions with different deadlines  (scroll down).  Bath Novel Award, the Bridport Prize, The Luch Cavendish Prize, St. Leeds Prize, The Page Turner Awartds, First Pages Prize, CWA Debut Dagger, Future Worlds Prize, The Morley Prize, The Cheshire Novel Prize, Mslexia Writing Competitions, Anthology Prizes, Bristol Short Story Prize, The Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize, Newfound Prose Prize, Clay Reynolds Novella Prize, Kingsley Tufts Powety Award, Cabell First Novilist Award, Drue Heinz Literature Prize, The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction, Minotaur Books Mystery Writers of America, The Bedford Writing Competition, and more.
https://www.thenovelry.com/blog/writing-competitions-2023


NYC MIDNIGHT

Since 2002, NYC Midnight has hosted hundreds of inspiring competitions for storytellers around the world.  Participants are challenged to create original stories, screenplays, or films using assigned elements under time constraints.  If you enjoy a creative challenge, check out our upcoming competitions. • Short Story Challenge • Screenwriting Challenge • Flash Fiction Challenge • Microfiction Challenge/ • Short Screenplay Challenge
http://www.nycmidnight.com 

Rhyming Story:: https://www.nycmidnight.com/rhyme Deadline October 20


OWLCATION

2023 Free-entry International Writing Contests   The listed competitions are open to individuals, worldwide, or are restricted to a specific region. They may be targeted to individuals from the age of 18 (or 16) and above, or to those who haven’t attained the legal age (from 17 and below).
https://owlcation.com/humanities/Free-International-Fiction-and-Non-Fiction-Entry-Contests


PAPER TRUE

Writing competitions give poets and writers a great opportunity to hone their skills. Along with exciting prizes, they offer a wide variety of themes and challenges to help you write in newer, bolder ways.  At PaperTrue, we’ve always believed that writing competitions are more than just about winning. It’s a community experience where you can interact with fellow participants and learn from each other’s work. After all, a supportive network is extremely important to all poets and writers who want to make a career out of writing.
https://blog.papertrue.com/writing-contests/


PENCRAFT AWARD

The Grand Cash Prize for the Annual 2023 PenCraft Book Awards is $500 cash. Two other cash prizes of $200 will also be awarded – one for best fiction and best nonfiction. Plus, each major winner receives a personalized award certificate and a high-resolution digital version of their PenCraft Book Award’s seal for their book or other marketing materials, as well as a web-optimized graphic version of the seal for websites, blogs, and social networking sites. A special national press release will be published about the top three winners.
https://www.pencraftaward.com/contests/


POETS & WRITERS

he Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.  Large database, sortable.
https://www.pw.org/grants


 PROOFED

5 Creative Writing Contests to Look Out For in 2023
Whether you are a published or unpublished writer, creative writing contests are a great way to get your work to a larger audience while also taking home some cash prizes and getting published i
https://proofed.com/writing-tips/5-creative-writing-contests-to-look-out-for-in-2023/


PUBLISH DRIVE

Free writing contests for 2023.   Scroll down and check them out.  Unfortunately they don’t put the deadlines on the blurbs.
https://publishdrive.com/free-and-paid-writing-contests.html


PUBLISHERS ARCHIEVE

A list of book awards and contests by type and location.
https://publishersarchive.com/awards.html


PUBLISHING… AND OTHER FORMS OF INSANITY

This January there are more than three dozen writing contests calling for every genre and form, from poetry, to creative nonfiction, to completed novels. Prizes range from $100,000 to publication. None charge entry fees. Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts:
Agents Seeking Clients:  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/agents.html
Writing Contests:  https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/free-contests.html https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/p/calls-for-submissions.html


★ PURE IN HEART STORIES

Pure in Heart Stories is a literary and art magazine for families, with a Christian worldview. Here you can find short stories, poetry, photography and art by adults, teens, and children—for readers 6 years old and beyond. Our issues appear both online and in print during the months of May and November.  Taking submisdsions until SEP 30, 2023
https://pureinheartstories.com/submissions/?fbclid=IwAR3_junzhFSXTwKnF995OXK9Zmt1g1ih_83lSnMwwrsIS0aza-EYfEiuYKU


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

2023 Several contests listed keep scrolling.  Use the search option to find the most recent contests, and deadlines.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


RESOURCE CENTER PAPER TRUE

Writing competitions are vital for any poets and writers who want to be successful. But it’s important to know which poetry competitions, short story contests, and nonfiction contests are worth the effort. So we took a deep dive into the web, looking for the writing contests in 2022 that are both exciting and dependable.  2023 contests
https://blog.papertrue.com/writing-contests/


SMART BLOGGER

So you want to compete in writing contests for prizes and recognition?  Writing contests are a fun way to evolve your writing skills — and, yes, cash prizes are a nice bonus.  But remember, the emphasis is on fun.  If cash is your primary goal, you should focus your time and energy on landing freelance writing jobs.
FREE CONTESTS https://smartblogger.com/writing-contests/#free-writing-contests
CONTESTS WITH FEES https://smartblogger.com/writing-contests/#writing-contests-with-fees


SOLSTICE A MAGAZINE OF DIVERSE VOICES

Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, is currently open for general submissions in all categories. Our guidelines are below.
https://solsticelitmag.submittable.com/submit/19575/annual-literary-contest


STONE SOUP

How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post
https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/


THE SUN

We publish personal essays, short stories, poems, and black-and-white photography in print and online in our monthly magazine.  We’re looking for narrative writing and evocative photography from all over the world. Send us work that maps the human landscape, where the light catches on the faintest joy, where darkness sometimes threatens to overwhelm, and where ✗ never marks the spot because the truth is never so simple.
https://www.thesunmagazine.org/submit/essays-fiction-poetry


WAXING AND WANING

Submissions open year-round – 1 online / 1 print release per year – Simultaneous submissions accepted (please let us know, however) – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction,  & Short Films submissions $5 – Screenplays/Plays submissions $7 – Graphic Stories submissions $3 – Art submissions FREE- All submissions must be in proper manuscript format
https://www.waxingandwaning.org/submit/


WEEKEND NOTES

If you write short stories then you are a writer. Competitions are a great way to move from being a writer to being a published writer. I read once that there are more than 3,000 writing competitions offered across the world every year. This is just a small selection of those available with deadlines in January 2023. Enter something you’ve already written or pen something new over the Christmas holidays.  The following listings are summaries only and it is imperative that you always check the rules and terms and conditions on the competition website to ensure both you and your story are eligible to enter. For example most competitions exclude previously published or awarded stories and some have regional or age limits.  Deadline june 2023
https://www.weekendnotes.com/top-14-writing-competitions-june-2023/
https://www.weekendnotes.com/adelaide/competitions/


WINNING WRITERS

Poetry, Fiction & Essay, and Self Published Book contests
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests


WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ARTS & LETTERS

The Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest. First-place winners in the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest will receive a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point. Winners will receive $500 (first place), $250 (second place), and $100 (third place) and read their work at the 2023 Wisconsin Book Festival. First- through third-place winning stories will also be published in print and online issues of Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine. First-place winners in the Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest will receive a one-week artist residency at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts in Mineral Point.
https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/magazine/submissions


WRITE OR DIE MAGAZINE

Find a list of current contests.
https://writeordiemag.com/submission-list


WRITE THE WORLD

A list of upcoming competitions.  Scroll to the bottom for the latest and upcoming.
https://writetheworld.org/#/competitions


WRITER UNBOXED

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from  Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.  Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus, my list of writing contests below includes reasons to submit to that particular writing contest. May you find a promising opportunity among this list and spend less time searching for where to send your exceptional work.  List through Feb 2023.
https://writerunboxed.com/2022/11/21/fiction-writing-contests-worth-your-time-inwinter-2022-2023/


THE WRITER MAGAZINE

As you already know, The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible. Writing contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host writing competitions, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft. Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline, and, as always, keep writing.
https://www.writermag.com/contests/


THE WRITERS COLLEGE

If you are looking to take your writing to the next level, then entering a writing competition often provides that extra impetus to refine your work.  This is by no means a full list of competitions. Some writing competitions require an entry fee. Others don’t. This seems to be the norm these days and there are credible competitions that require an entry fee. Always check that you are comfortable with sending money to the organizers if this is the case.  Click on More details here (link almost the same color as text)
https://www.thewriterscollege.com/short-story-writing-competitions


WRITER’S DIGEST

(must join to see all posts)
Writers Digest is also running a contest for self-published authors in a variety of genres. Submissions accepted until April 4th
All contests: https://www.writersdigest.com/writers-digest-competitions
Annual Competitions: https://www.writersdigest.com/wd-competitions/annual-competition


WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

ENTER THE WRITER CONTEST  4th Quarter 2023  Deadline: September 30, 2023
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/


WRITERS-EDITORS.COM

A variety of contests and genres
https://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/contests.htm


WRITING COMPLETIONS.NET

Several contests, mixed genre, by various sponsors
https://writingcompetitions.net/


WRITING CONTESTS.WORDPRESS.COM

Listings updated regularly.  Scroll to CATEGORY in the left menu bar and then use the drop-down to select your category.  There is a really long list of categories.
https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/


 WRITING COMPETITIONS.net

All the top writing contests.. A large list of writing contests for 2023
https://writingcompetitions.net/


WRITING DISTRICT

Various contests listed.
https://thewritingdistrict.com/contests/


WRITING WORKSHOPS

18 children’s publishers accepting submissions
https://writingworkshops.com/blogs/news/tagged/accepting-submissions


★YORICK RADIO PRODUCTIONS

HALLOWEEN COMPETITION: Entries should be prose fiction, non-fiction, or poetry and should fit the theme of ‘Halloween’. Think ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, witches, werewolves and vampires. You could even go a little out of this world with aliens or cryptids if that’s your thing. Deadline: September 1, 2023

ADVENTURE
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ADVENTURE WRITERS COMPETITION

Are you ready to enter the Adventure Writers Competition?  Good! Now hear this: we exist for one purpose only: to help all writers who enter get some feedback, get a chance to meet some industry people, use the experience as a stepping stone to further your writing career, and to validate that you can write good (joke intended). We just like to help people. All fees collected or donated are used to promote the entrants and the competition. No one here makes anything on this. Many lose money. Insane but true. We don’t even pay expenses.  CLOSED:  Reopening Jan 1, 2024
https://adventurewriterscompetition.com/entry-procedure.html


EAA.org

Pilot Your Own Adventure Writing Contest – Supported by Flight Outfitters®
The contest period for EAA’s 2023 Pilot Your Own Adventure Contest runs from January 13, 2023, to March 13, 2023.  Each pilot has a story — what’s yours? Tell us the true story of how pursuing the dream of flight enabled you to do something that would have otherwise been out of reach. We want to hear how becoming a pilot and getting involved in grassroots aviation made a memorable experience possible for you. How did you pilot your own adventure? Tell us how flying helped you transform from dreamer to doer.
https://www.eaa.org/airventure/eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/pilot-your-own-adventure


FREE YOUR PEN

These ADVENTURE WRITING competitions are for unpublished or self-published novels and novellas for international writers, plus a few for UK or US residents only. It’s a long list and accurate as far as possible, updated monthly, so bookmark this page! I can’t vouch for all these comps personally, but if you have experience of them, let us know in the comments.  Don’t let the link date fool yuou these are 2023 listings.
https://jesdavidson.wordpress.com/2021/01/30/novel-writing-competitions-list/


ONE YEAR ADVENTURE NOVEL

For students 19 and under. Every year, we run a free novel contest for our students. Any One Year Adventure Novel student under 20 who has a valid curriculum license and who finishes a novel that meets the course requirements can submit.  We don’t obligate students to enter, but writing contests for teens are great way for young writers to start sharing their writing with others—and stay motivated to finish their novel! We post every novel entry on the student forum for other students to read (unless the student requests to be omitted). Deadline AUG 15 2023
https://clearwaterpress.com/oneyearnovel/events/young-writers-novel-contest/


RECREATION.gov

The 2023 contest will launch on June 1, 2023.- Ends September 30.2023  Check back for details. For inspiration for your next travel adventure, read stories from past Share Your Story contests.
https://www.recreation.gov/https://www.recreation.gov/shareyourstory/contest-rules


WILBUR & NISO SMITH FOUNDATION

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an international prize that supports and celebrates the best adventure writing today. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English. Awards are presented in three categories:
https://www.wilbur-niso-smithfoundation.org/index.php?p=awards/author-of-tomorrow-2019

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NCTE – NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

The 2023 contest is now open! Click here to apply today. Purpose: To stimulate and recognize the writing talents of eighth-grade students and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.  Schools in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands and American Schools Abroad are eligible to nominate eighth-grade students. Nominating schools must be US accredited.
https://ncte.org/awards/promising-young-writers/


REEDSY

The Best Children’s Writing Contests of 2023 – Writing competitions curated by Reedsy
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/children-s/


STONE SOUP

How to Submit Creative Writing and Art to Stone Soup.  Stone Soup welcomes submissions from around the world by writers and artists ages 13 and younger. All submissions must come to us via Submittable. We do not accept submissions by email or by post.
https://stonesoup.com/how-to-submit-writing-and-art-to-stone-soup/


TCK PUBLISHING

Kids have big imaginations, and when it comes to creating stories or poetry, it’s that bold creativity that can even give them an advantage over their adult counterparts. They also tend to be braver when it comes to sharing their work.
LIST OF WRITING CONTESTS FOR KIDS
https://www.tckpublishing.com/?s=contest


WE ARE TEACHERS

A list of the Best Student Writing Contests for 2022-2023  Help your students take their writing to the next level.  When students write for teachers, it can feel like an assignment. When they write for a real purpose, they are empowered! Student writing contests are an easy and inspiring way to try writing for an authentic audience—a real panel of judges—and the possibility of prize money or other incentives. We’ve gathered a list of student writing contests below. From poetry to plays, essays to science fiction, there is something for everyone. See if any of them suit your curriculum, and get prepared to see some motivated students.
https://www.weareteachers.com/student-writing-contests/


WRITING WORKSHOPS

18 children’s publishers accepting submissions
https://writingworkshops.com/blogs/news/tagged/accepting-submissions


YOUNG ARTS

Writing is one of 10 artistic disciplines in YoungArts’ national competition. This discipline encompasses creative nonfiction, novel, play or script, poetry, short story and spoken word. The 2024 YoungArts application opens June 2023. Elegibility grades 10–12 or 15–18 years of age on December 1 of the year  applying.
https://youngarts.org/discipline/writing/


YOUNG WRITERS

Young Writers was established in 1991 in a small warehouse in Eastern England and has blossomed into a worldwide brand! Today, Young Writers is still a modest family-run business, but on a much bigger scale than its humble beginnings.  We pride ourselves on encouraging young writers to read, write and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing. Having work published boosts confidence, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.

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BOOK PIPELINE

The 2023 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary, Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
See deadline list on page.  Various contests.
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


★ FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


PUBLISHERS ARCHIEVE

Here you can find a large list of publishers as well as a list of awards and contests.
short story contests: https://publishersarchive.com/short-story-contests
Check the genre in the left margin.
https://publishersarchive.com/scifi-fantasy-contests


QUARKNDAGGER.COM

We’ve put together a list of writing contests or places to publish short works. These channels are ideal for young adults (teens), especially those interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy. Scroll through, put it in your calendar and get writing. If you have any you’d like to add to the list, comment below.
https://quarkndagger.com/19-writing-contests-and-publication-outlets-for-young-adults/ 


REEDSY

Fantasy writing contests
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/fantasy/


WRITER UNBOXED

This contest submissions season covers deadlines from Winter 2022-2023 Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.  Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus, my list of writing contests below includes reasons to submit to that particular writing contest. May you find a promising opportunity among this list and spend less time searching for where to send your exceptional work.
https://writerunboxed.com/2022/11/21/fiction-writing-contests-worth-your-time-in-winter-2022-2023/

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ASK HENRY

15 flash fiction is a short fiction story, written with utmost brevity. Not more than 1000 words, and still offers characters, plots, settings, style and themes. With the access of the internet, flash fiction is becoming more popular, as many journals and online magazines are dedicated to the style.
Link says 2021 but listings are 2023
https://www.henryharvin.com/blog/top-15-flash-fiction-contest-2021/


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN

This page lists flash fiction, micro fiction, sudden fiction, twitterage, twitterature, dribble, drabble, minisaga, nanotale, micro-story and very short fiction competitions, prizes and awards. Please read and make sure you fully understand the rules and the terms & conditions of each competition listed before entering. PLEASE NOTE: Most of the competitions listed on this page accept entries from writers living anywhere in the world. The country each competition is run from is listed so you know which global market you are submitting to.
https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/flash-fiction-competitions.php


FISH PUBLISHING

Flash Fiction Prize: Judge: Kit De Waal – Word Limit: 300 –  Anthology Published: July ’23
https://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/flash-fiction-contest/


★ FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


GLOBE SOUP

Flash Fiction is defined as a very short story that can be anywhere from just a couple of words to about a thousand in length. The beauty (and difficulty) of writing flash fiction lies in trying to tell a complete story in so few words. Great flash fiction is succinct, emotive, thought-provoking, and impactful. These flash fiction contests are a great way to get your work in front of editors and agents. Winning can also lead to publication, awards, and other recognition. But competitions aren’t just about winning; they’re also a great way to get feedback on your work and improve your writing because short stories allow you to practice all the skills of writing a story in a much more condensed format.
https://www.globesoup.net/writing-blog/best-flash-fiction-contests


THE COMPANY

Spring Writing Contest..  It’s a new quarter, which means we have a new writing contest! This time we want your best short stories on the theme “Breakthrough.”  Get the full details and enter the writing contest here. This contest is free to enter and it’s open to everyone. Deadline to submit is June 1, 2023.  Don’t wait! Submit today.
https://writers.company/spring-writingcontest-breakthrough-episode-106/


NYC MIDNIGHT

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE KICKS OFF JUNE 9TH
https://www.nycmidnight.com/ffc

Since 2002, NYC Midnight has hosted hundreds of inspiring competitions for storytellers around the world.  Participants are challenged to create original stories, screenplays, or films using assigned elements under time constraints.  If you enjoy a creative challenge, check out our upcoming competitions. • Short Story Challenge • Screenwriting Challenge • Flash Fiction Challenge • Microfiction Challenge/ • Short Screenplay Challenge
http://www.nycmidnight.com


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests for listed.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


STREETLIGHT

STREETLIGHT’S 2023 SUMMER FLASH FICTION CONTEST
Up to 500 of your best, previously unpublished words. Any subject.
Multiple submissions are fine — one work per entry.
This is a blind contest. Please remove all personal information from the story pages.
We encourage simultaneous submissions but if your piece is accepted elsewhere, inform us at fiction@streetlightmagazine.cdn-pi.com, right away.
Contest deadline is Monday, July 17th, 2023 midnight EST.
https://streetlightmag.com/2023-flash-fiction-contest/


TACK PUBLISHING

The TCK Publishing Flash Fiction Contest is an international writing contest. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium (cash prize) and publication of his or her flash fiction story on the TCK Publishing website.  This contest is open to writers from all countries, backgrounds, and levels of experience and we invite you to join the 2023 TCK Publishing Flash Fiction Contest.  Deadline June 30, 2023
https://www.tckpublishing.com/2023-flash-fiction-contest/


2023 TCK PUBLISHING SHORT STORY CONTEST

The TCK Publishing Contest is an international short story contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her short story on the TCK Publishing website.  DEADLINE June 30, 2023
https://www.tckpublishing.com/2023-flash-fiction-contest/
general submissions:https://www.tckpublishing.com/?s=contest


WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

  • Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest
    FALL: September – November 30th 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
    WINTER: December – February 28th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
    SPRING: March – May 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
    SUMMER: June – August 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – NOW OPEN
  • Quarterly Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest
    Q1: August 1 – October 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
    Q2: November 1 – January 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
    Q3: February 1 – April 30th, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) – CLOSED
    Q4: May 1 – July 31st, 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) NOW OPEN

WOW! Women On Writing

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AMERICAN SHORT FICTION

We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Karen Russell—author of the novels Sleep Donation and Swamplandia! and the story collections Vampires in the Lemon Grove, Orange World, and St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves—will judge our 2023 American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The prize recognizes extraordinary short fiction under 1,000 words. The first-place winner will receive a $1,000 prize and publication. Previous winners of the Short(er) Fiction Prize have gone on to be anthologized in places such as The Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit your entry online between November 15, 2022 – February 1, 2023
https://americanshortfiction.org/announcing-the-2023-american-shorter-fiction-prize/


BOULEVARD MAGAZINE

Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers – $1,000 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning essay by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.  All entries must be postmarked before January 31, 2023 or submitted online by midnight CT.
https://www.boulevardmagazine.org/nonfiction-contest


CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEWS

The Fiction Series Awards ~ The Best Fiction Book Series Book Awards ~ 2023 – The CIBA Search for the Best Book Series – Deadline October 31, 2023

Chanticleer International Book Awards (The CIBAs) is seeking for the best book series in all of its sixteen fiction divisions: Mysteries, Suspense Thrillers, Espionage/High Stakes, Young Adult, Middle-Grade Readers, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Supernatural and Paranormal, Romance, Historical, Literary & Contemporary, Satire & Allegory, Americana, and Early Readers.  Enter to WIN the CIBA Best Series Grand Prize Trophy! Three Runner-Ups will also be selected and awarded the CIBA Book Series Outstanding Selection Ribbon along with additional prizes for each division’s grand prize winner. Winners will take home blue ribbons, prize packages, digital badges, stickers, & more. More than $30,000 in Additional prizes, services, and awards for Finalists, 1st Place Category Winners and Division Grand Prize CIBA Winners. The entry fee is $199 for Non-Members and $175 for The Roost at Chanticleer members per series entry per category.
https://www.chantireviews.com/services/CIBA-Fiction-Series-Book-Awards-Chanticleer-Book-Reviews-p191714111


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests for listed, use the search options.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/fiction/


THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

2024 Great American Fiction Contest – In its two centuries of existence, The Saturday Evening Post has published short fiction by a who’s who of great American authors, including Ray Bradbury, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Louis L’Amour, Sinclair Lewis, Jack London, Joyce Carol Oates, Edgar Allan Poe, Anne Tyler, and Kurt Vonnegut, among so many others. “This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers,” says Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them.” The winning story will be published in the January/February 2023 edition of The Saturday Evening Post, and the author will receive $1,000. Five runners-up will each receive $200 and will also have their stories featured online.
https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest/


★ WRITING ON THE WALL

Pulp Idol 2024 is OPEN for submissions – For sixteen years the Pulp Idol competition has uncovered the best new novelists the city of Liverpool has to offer.  Many new novelists, including  Ashleigh Nugent (LOCKS), Ariel Khan (Raising Sparks), James Rice (Alice and the Fly, Walk), Clare Coombes (Definitions), and Philippa Holloway (The Half Life of Snails), have found their first success through Pulp Idol. This competition is unearthing the best new novelists from Liverpool and across the country. All finalists get their first chapter published in a book of ‘Firsts,’ which is produced in hard copy, a digital manuscript and made available on Amazon Kindle (and free on Kindle Unlimited!). Copies of Pulp Idol – Firsts are sent to agents and publishers.
https://writingonthewall.org.uk/projects/pulp-idol-firsts/

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THE HISTORICAL FICTION COMPANY

ENTER THE HFC 2023 BOOK AWARDS — Deadline November 29,2023  Finalists Announcements On December 21st – Category Winners Announced On December 31st – Grand Prize Winner Announced On New Year’s Day – Novels may be Pre-published Manuscripts, ARCs, Self-published, Indie Published, or Traditionally Published, E-pub accepted.  All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.  Entries must be in the English language.
No erotica.
https://www.thehistoricalfictioncompany.com/book-awards


THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world. The winner receives £25,000 and shortlisted authors each receive £1,500. Since it was founded fourteen years ago by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, the Prize has awarded over £300,000 to writers and brought over 150 great novels to wider public attention.  Deandline October 31, 2023
https://www.walterscottprize.co.uk/


THE WRITER

500 Word Contest – Make every word count and submit your best work in 500 words or less! Enter your best writing in any genre – fiction OR nonfiction – that falls under 500 words for a chance to win the grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine.
https://www.writermag.com/the-writer-contests/500-word-contest-2023/

 


WRITING CONTESTS.WORDPRESS.COM

Listings updated regularly.  Scroll to CATEGORY in the left menu bar and then use the drop-down to select your category.  There is a really long list of categories.
https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/category/historical-fiction/

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A WARM MUG OF COZY

Anthology: Submission Guidelines:  Do you like writing short cozy mysteries? If so, we would love to invite you to submit your work for potential inclusion in our first Warm Mug of Cozy Anthology.  Submission deadline: May 31, 2023.  Who can participate: Anyone at least 17 years of age, including emerging authors and never-published writers.  Language: English only.
https://warmmugofcozy.com/anthology-submission/


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

Listed by genre:
https://writingcontests.wordpress.com/category/mystery-suspense-romance-thriller/


BOOK PIPELINE

Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selection for each category, including Katherine Tegen Books, Creative Artists Agency, and Verve Publishing.
Literary, Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Romance / Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Nonfiction.  
htps://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


KOTOBEE BLOG

200+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2023 – Writing could be rewarding in itself, but joining a writing contest could be even more exciting. Whether you need a push to finish your manuscript or want to get better exposure, competing with other writers is a great way to prove your talent and advance in the writing field. Are you ready to win some awards? Take a look at the writing contests happening in 2023 and start sharpening your skills.
Sort by Genre and Month
https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2023/


MACMILLIAN PUBLISHERS

2024 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition – Welcome to the 2023 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition.  Please read all of the rules and guidelines before submitting your entry. You can find the complete rules and guidelines at us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/writing-competitions.  To enter, you must complete this form and upload an electronic file of your Manuscript. – Only electronic submissions, uploaded through this entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.  Deadline:December 15,2023
https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/submit-manuscript/


NEOVEL

“The Mysterious Case”. We chose this theme because it’s broad enough to include all genres and fuel your creativity. To respect the theme of the contest, the main character or characters of your entry must have a suspenseful investigation with a mystery in the plot. This event must occur in the story before the end of the fourth chapter and must be mentioned in your book description.Deadline April 2, 2023
https://neovel.io/contest/the-mysterious-case-contest


REEDSY

7 Mystery – Suspense Contests Listed for 2023 – more may be added.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/suspense/

NON-FICTION
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ASSOCIATION OF WRTERS & WRITING PROGRAMS

Writer’s Calendar
The AWP Writer’s Calendar contains a list of upcoming events for writers; deadlines for grants, awards, and calls for submission; and deadlines for AWP contests and programs. Certain calendar listings, such as AWP and WC&C events, are available to all users. Become a member today to begin exploring our listings of grants, awards, and publication opportunities.
https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/writers_calendar


AUTUMN HOUSE PRESS

NONFICTION CONTEST: The winner receives publication of a full-length manuscript and $2,500. The submission period opens January 1, 2023, and closes May 31, 2023 (Eastern Time). We will announce the finalists and the winner of the contest by October 15, 2023.
https://www.autumnhouse.org/submissions/open-call/


BOULEVARD MAGAZINE

​Nonfiction Contest for Emerging Writers – $1,000 and publication in Boulevard awarded to the winning essay by a writer who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press.
https://www.boulevardmagazine.org/nonfiction-contest


CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

HUMOROUS STORIES – Laughter is the best medicine. And we love to publish your funny stories—in all our books. Our first ever book filled with nothing but funny stories was a bestseller, so we’re doing it again, for publication in 2022. We’re looking for those funny stories you tell again and again. The ones that make everyone laugh. August 30
https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN

Below are tables listing various essay contests and other non-fiction writing competitions, prizes and awards. Some are academic, some offer scholarships and others are just for fun.  Please read and make sure you fully understand the rules and the terms & conditions of each competition listed before entering.
https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/essay-contests-and-non-fiction-writing-competitions.php


CNFC – CREATIVE NONFICTION COLLECTIVE

2023 CNFC-HLR nonfiction contest is now open. The Humber Literary Review (HLR) and the Creative Nonfiction Collective Society (CNFC) have joined forces to bring you a Canada-wide creative nonfiction contest. Winners will be announced during the 2023 CNFC annual conference.  CONTEST CLOSES Monday February 28, 2023
at 11:59pm PST.
https://creativenonfictioncollective.ca/cnf-contest/


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.
https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


★ FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


MISTAKES WRITERS MAKE …

Below is a list of nonfiction, essay, memoir and life writing contests from USA and Canada and mostly open to American and/or Canadian writers — although some are open to writers elsewhere.  For a list of contests from UK and Europe, some of which are open to writers outside Europe, click their link.  We aim to avoid listing competitions whose terms and conditions request copyright in entries submitted — or make other unreasonable demands. Terms and conditions are usually checked, but some copyright-grabbers may occasionally slip through. Please read carefully before participating.  Note that some entry fees may seem expensive, but often offer additional benefits, such as an annual magazine subscription.
https://mistakeswritersmake.com/competitions/writing-competitions-north-america/


NEWFOUND

Newfound Prose Prize – The Newfound Prose Prize is awarded annually to a chapbook-length work of exceptional fiction or creative nonfiction. The work may be in the form of a long story or essay or a collection of short pieces (60 pages max). Other than the page limit, the only formal requirement is that some aspect of the work must inform or explore how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding.  Submission: 15 SEP 2022 thru 15 MAR 2023
https://newfound.org/prose-prize/


REEDY.COM/ NON FICTION CONTESTS

A large list of non-fiction contests for 2023.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/non-fiction/

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AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for a new poem. The Prize – open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010). The Prize was first awarded in 2005 (Stephen Edgar) and was renamed in 2011, following Peter Porter’s death. Past winners include Tracy Ryan, Judith Bishop, and Anthony Lawrence.  The 2024 Peter Porter Poetry Prize is now open for entries until 9 October 2023 with a total prize money of $10,000.
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize


ALMOND PRESS

Welcome to the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, short story competitions, and various 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.  Scroll to view contests.
https://dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-contests/


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.
https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


CREATIVE WRITING INK POETRY PRIZE

The Creative Writing Ink Poetry Prize 2023 is open to writers across the globe, untilMay 31st 2023 at 4pm (GMT).  Poems do not need to follow any particular theme or genre, but must be written in English.  Poetry should not exceed 42 lines.
https://creativewriting.ie/competitions/


DREAM QUEST ONE – POETRY & WRITING CONTEST

Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – SUMMER 2023
Deadline: September 30, 2023
All poems must be written or translated into the English language, 30 lines or fewer, and must be neatly hand printed or typed, using single or double line spacing, on any subject, theme, style, shape, or form. All entries must be original works.

All short stories may be on any subject or theme, written or translated into the English language. For example, any fiction, non-fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, diary, screenwriting, stage plays, and journal entries are accepted. Contestants will enter their short stories neatly hand-printed or typed, using single or double line spacing, within a maximum of (5) pages or less. All entries must be original works.
https://www.dreamquestone.com/rules/enter-now


FAN STORY

Several contests listed – scroll for details and deadlines
https://www.fanstory.com/contestsall.jsp


⭐HAMMOND HOUSE INTERNATIONAL

Our 2023 Writing Competition offers over £2000 in cash prizes, a televised Award Ceremony and the opportunity to be published in our annual anthologies. Sponsored by the University Centre Grimsby, this annual writing competition, now in its seventh year, attracts entries from up to 30 countries around the world.  Submission Deadline: 30th September 2023     RULES      CATEGORIES:   Short Story – Poetry – Scriptwriting – Songwriting
https://www.hammondhouse.org.uk/writing-competition-2023?fbclid=IwAR3SIGFe_m31rA_s831RY7Bq0U-WA0hYCpxnI1J28XMlLWjEXMq89OFvnwA


KOTOBEE BLOG

300+ Writing Contests You Need to Enter in 2021 – If there’s one thing we need these days, it’s consistency. Something that proves not everything has changed. Something that gives you a bout of comfort given the current circumstances. So what better way to do that than to know 2021 comes with a host of writing contests for people of all ages from all around the world? Sort by Genre and Month
https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2023/


NEWFOND

THE ANZALDUA POETY PRIZE
The Gloria E. Anzaldúa Poetry Prize is awarded annually to a poet whose work explores how place shapes identity, imagination, and understanding. Special attention is given to poems that exhibit multiple vectors of thinking: artistic, theoretical, and social, which is to say, political.  Deadline 15 SEP 2023
https://newfound.org/poetry-prize/


★NYC MIDNIGHT

Since 2002, NYC Midnight has hosted hundreds of inspiring competitions for storytellers around the world.  Participants are challenged to create original stories, screenplays, or films using assigned elements under time constraints.  If you enjoy a creative challenge, check out our upcoming competitions. • Short Story Challenge • Screenwriting Challenge • Flash Fiction Challenge • Microfiction Challenge/ • Short Screenplay Challenge
http://www.nycmidnight.com 

Rhyming Story:: https://www.nycmidnight.com/rhyme Deadline October 20


POETRY MAMA

Free poetry contests to enter in 2023.  Looking for online publishers, poetry contests or magazine for submissions is quite a monotonous and tiresome process in itself , let alone the chances of finding relevant info. But not anymore.  Here you’ll find monthly updated contests and submission portals that’ll help you grow as beginners and support your writing career at the same. Every contest is provided with all the information you need to know before submitting to it. Poets from all nationalities can take part in the poetry contests without worrying about submission fee. So, go writers.
https://poetrymama.com/poetry-contests/


POETS & WRITERS WRITING CONTESTS, GRANTS & AWARDS

The Writing Contests, Grants & Awards database includes details about the creative writing contests—including poetry contests, short story competitions, essay contests, awards for novels, and more—that we’ve published in Poets & Writers Magazine during the past year. We carefully review the practices and policies of each contest before including it. Ours is the most trusted resource for legitimate writing contests available anywhere.  Sort by Genre, date, etc., using their filter
https://www.pw.org/grants?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_Y29xan-5QIVGKSzCh3cQwAmEAMYAiAAEgJXqvD_BwE


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests listed.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/poetry/


WINNING WRITERS

Poetry, Fiction & Essay, and Self Published Book contests
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests


THE WRITER

Several contests listed…. scroll to find them.
https://www.writermag.com/contests/


★WOC THIS WAY FOR POETRY

– an online journal of poetry by women of color –
–The publisher seeks refined work by poets who are committed to the written word.
–Artwork is also accepted.
–To be transparent, the publisher is a Black woman; this is an invitation to all WOC to share thoughts, ideas, experiences, feelings, philosophies, questions, answers…in the form of poetry!
Submissions are accepted via e-mail only, with your submission pasted in the body of the e-mail. The only attachment that will be opened is your JPEG photo [or artwork]. No fee. No payment.
https://wocthiswayforpoetry.wordpress.com/guidelines/?fbclid=IwAR0Lv-2eDpSdHcKAkpUSuPt8Pw-RQ6E3oLD7kAEVEUrjRgWLCkFSQ7svY1M

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CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE WRITERS

As the name suggests, we are a group of writers from around the world who love – and write – contemporary romance and contemporary romantic fiction of all sorts. Our members write all contemporary sub-genres from spicy to inspirational, young adult to adult, real-world to paranormal, and more. Contemporary Romance written or published in the previous calendar year.  Unpublished and Published Divisions, Categories include:Contemporary Romance (Long, Mid, Short), Romantic Suspense, Women’s , Fiction/Chick Lit, Young Adult/New Adult, Erotica, Contemp. Speculative Romance (Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi)
DEADLINE MARCH 31. 2003
https://contemporaryromance.org/2023-stiletto-contest/


HARLEQUIN ROMANCE

Harlequin is always on the lookout for talented writers—from established authors to those just starting their writing careers. We publish a wide range of stories and welcome writers from all backgrounds, cultures and communities to submit to the romance line best suited to their unique voice and story.
https://harlequin.submittable.com/submit


LEAGUE OF ROMANCE WRITERS

The League of Romance Writers would like to announce our upcoming Romance Writing Contest, The 2023 Emily. The contest will open for submissions on September 1, 2023, and close on October 2, 2023.  Finalists will be decided by our First Round judges, and we have an awesome line-up of agent and editor judges, who will decide the winner in each category. The winners will be announced at a fun ceremony in February 2023, at which winners receive Emily Pins and learn if an agent or editor has requested to see more of their manuscript.  Opens September 1, 2023
https://leagueromwriters.com/theemily/contest-information/


NEW JERSEY ROMANCE WRITERS

​The Golden Leaf is awarded annually for excellence in published romantic fiction.
All published authors are welcome to enter books published from June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023. You do not have to be a member of NJRW to take part.
https://www.njromancewriters.org/golden-leaf-2023.html


ORANGE COUNTY ROMANCE WRITERS

OCRW is very excited that the Book Buyers Best contest is running in 2023. However, we are greatly saddened that the Orange Rose Contest for unpublished authors will be on hiatus for 2023. The Orange Rose has been an exemplary contest providing authors with valuable feedback and contacts for many years. We are hopeful that 2024 will see a resurgence of energy and put the Orange Rose back on target! See below for our 2022 finalists.
https://ocromancewriters.org/contests/orange-rose-contest/


PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSOCIATION

Writing contest with several genre, for both published and non-published authors.  Site is a little hard to read and some items are underlined that are not links, however some bold items are actually hyperlinks.
https://www.pnwa.org/page/contests


REEDSY

46 CONTESTS. Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Memoir, Mystery, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry, Romance, Science Fiction, Science Writing, Thriller, Young Adult

https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/romance/


ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA

 

SCIENCE FICTION - HORROR
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BOOK PIPELINE

The 2023 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction DEADLINE  August, 2023
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


FANTASY FICTION MONTHLY

This website offers a monthly sci-fi/fantasy writing contest. Submissions are published on their website. Details about the contest are not as easily found; however, you can visit their forum page for more information. Click here to view previous winners.
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/monthly-writing-contest


★ FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


THE LIGHT BRINGER PROJECT

OMEGA Sci-Fy Awards – Science fiction opens doors for writers of all backgrounds to create unique stories exploring how we relate to one another, to our world, and to our future.  The Omega Sci-Fi Awards seek to empower emerging writers to contribute their unique voices and diverse perspectives to the art of science fiction story writing while tapping into the power of science fiction to examine the greatest challenges and moral dilemmas humanity faces.
https://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-competitions


MITHILA REVIEW

Inviting submissions for a special global Hopepunk issue of science fiction (and fantasy) devoted to positive and powerful character-driven stories that imagine an open and inclusive tech-empowered democratic future for all people, species and countries on Earth.

Mithila Review is a readers-supported international journal of science fiction and fantasy established in 2015. We have published the best of speculative fiction, poetry, non-fiction and conversations with new, emerging, and Hugo-winning authors over the years. You can read all our issues for free here on our website or on your favorite reading device.  DEADLINE: MAY 20 2022
https://mithilareview.com/hopepunk/


NEOVEL

The theme of this contest is “Time travel”. We chose this theme because it’s broad enough to include all genres and fuel your creativity.  To respect the theme of the contest, the main character or characters of your entry must go through a change of temporality and must have a significant impact on the plot. This change must occur in the story before the end of the fourth chapter and must be mentioned in your book description.
https://neovel.io/contest/time-travelers-contest?tab=2


PARSEC

PETTSBURGH’S PREMIER SOCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY ORGANISATION
Short Story Contest – 2023 Contest Theme is: Preserve or Purge.
We ask that authors try and incorporate both concepts into their speculative work. This can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue; the only limit is your imagination. The theme must be integral to the story in some way and not just mentioned in passing. Deadline May 1, 2023
https://parsec-sff.org/short-story-contest/


PUBLISHERS ARCHIEVE

Here you can find a large list of publishers as well as a list of awards and contests.
https://publishersarchive.com/scifi-fantasy-contests


QUARKNDAGGER.COM

We’ve put together a list of writing contests or places to publish short works. These channels are ideal for young adults (teens), especially those interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy. Scroll through, put it in your calendar and get writing. If you have any you’d like to add to the list, comment below.
https://quarkndagger.com/19-writing-contests-and-publication-outlets-for-young-adults/ 


PRO WRITING AID

If you love writing science fiction and fantasy, submitting your work to a contest can be a fantastic way to progress on your writing journey.  With luck you can get your stories published, achieve literary recognition, and even win cash prizes. We’ve compiled a list of 23 legitimate, high-quality science fiction and fantasy writing contests that you can enter in 2022 and 2023.
https://prowritingaid.com/science-fiction-writing-contests


REESY

So far 58 science fiction Fantasy contests listed.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/science-fiction/


WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

ENTER THE WRITER CONTEST – 4th Quarter 2023
Deadline: September 30, 2023
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

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★ FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


FULL SPECTRUM FEATURES

Full Spectrum Features will produce and exhibit three artist-led scripted short films that showcase community resilience and rebuilding. Too often, stories about underrepresented communities only center on their trauma, suffering, and pain. We also want to spotlight stories that showcase joy, healing, and peace as acts of resistance.
https://www.fullspectrumfeatures.com/community-storytellers


⭐HAMMOND HOUSE INTERNATIONAL

Our 2023 Writing Competition offers over £2000 in cash prizes, a televised Award Ceremony and the opportunity to be published in our annual anthologies. Sponsored by the University Centre Grimsby, this annual writing competition, now in its seventh year, attracts entries from up to 30 countries around the world.  Submission Deadline: 30th September 2023     RULES      CATEGORIES:   Short Story – Poetry – Scriptwriting – Songwriting
https://www.hammondhouse.org.uk/writing-competition-2023?fbclid=IwAR3SIGFe_m31rA_s831RY7Bq0U-WA0hYCpxnI1J28XMlLWjEXMq89OFvnwA


LA SCREEN PLAY AWARDS.COM

SUBMISSIONS:  This is the only screenplay competition founded by a team of working Hollywood professionals with more than 1,000 produced credits and a century of collective industry experience.  Our roster of Senior Judges includes multiple Oscar, Emmy, Grammy, and WGA Award Winners.
Feature Screenplay  https://lascreenplayawards.com/feature-screenplay/
TV Script  https://lascreenplayawards.com/tv-script/
Short Screenplay  https://lascreenplayawards.com/short-screenplay/ https://lascreenplayawards.com/


NYC Screen Writing

Opens 02-01-2023
https://www.nycmidnight.com/scc


PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS

All Contests:  https://pageawards.com/the-contest/

SELF PUBLISHING
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REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contests listed.  Use the sorting options to find deadlines.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/

⭐SHORT STORY / ESSAY / ANTHOLOGY
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2023 TCK PUBLISHING SHORT STORY CONTEST

The TCK Publishing Flash Fiction Contest is an international short story contest established in 2021. Each year’s prizewinner receives a $1,000 honorarium and publication of his or her short story on the TCK Publishing website.  DEADLINE June 30, 2023
List of contests:  https://www.tckpublishing.com/?s=contest
general submissions:https://www.tckpublishing.com/submission-guidelines/


A WARM MUG OF COZY

Anthology: Submission Guidelines:  Do you like writing short cozy mysteries? If so, we would love to invite you to submit your work for potential inclusion in our first Warm Mug of Cozy Anthology.  Submission deadline: May 31, 2023. Who can participate: Anyone at least 17 years of age, including emerging authors and never-published writers.  Language: English only.
https://warmmugofcozy.com/anthology-submission/


ABR – AUSTRAILIAN BOOK REVIEW

CALIBRE ESSAY PRIZE: To enter the $7,500 Calibre Essay Prize, first create a free ABR account in the New User section below, or sign in to your existing account using the Existing User section below. If you are signed in, simply fill out the form below.  Multiple entries are welcome but you will need to enter them separately.  If you have any questions, please refer to the Terms and Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions for more information before contacting us for assistance.
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize


ALMOND PRESS

Welcome to the most comprehensive list of creative writing competitions, short story competitions, and various 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.
https://dystopianstories.com/writing-competitions-contests/


CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEWS

Essays, Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas
Chanticleer International Book Awards is seeking the Best New SHORTS in FICTION
We have five categories: One solo entry per genre division is $45 (one Short Story, one Novelette, one Novella, or one Essay)  Collections – three categories – an additional $54 per collection ($99 per collection entry) :
https://www.chantireviews.com/?s=contest

 


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN

Below are tables listing various short story competitions. Some are based in the UK, some are global. Some contests are of high renown (like the BBC Short Story Award or the Bridport Prize), offering huge prizes, and some are lesser known, but offer great opportunities for newer writers to become published authors. I will try and keep this list up to date, but please check the rules and dates on the different competition websites before entering.  PLEASE NOTE: Most of the competitions listed on this page accept entries from writers living anywhere in the world. The country each competition is run from is listed so you know which global market you are submitting to.
https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/book-and-novel-competitions.php


THE COMMON

Inspired by the mission and role of the town common, an egalitarian gathering place, The Common aims to foster the global exchange of diverse ideas and experiences. As such, we welcome and encourage submissions from writers who are Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, LGBTQIA+-identifying, immigrant, international, and/or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals. We seek stories, essays, poems, and dispatches that embody a strong sense of place: pieces in which the setting is crucial to character, narrative, mood, and language. We receive many submissions about traveling in foreign countries and discourage writers from submitting conventional travelogues in which narrators report on experiences abroad without reflecting on larger themes.
https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


CREATIVE WRITING INK

The Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2023 open to writers across the globe, deadline extended until September 30, 2023 at 4pm (GMT).  Stories do not need to follow any particular theme or genre, but must be written in English.  Maximum word count is 3000 words.  1st prize: £1000, plus a free creative writing course of the winner’s choice and publication on our site.  2 runners-up: £200 each.  Entry fee: £9.  Final judge: Lucie Brownlee.
https://creativewritingink.co.uk/creative-writing-ink-short-story-competition-2023/

Various competitions to choose from.
https://creativewritingink.co.uk/competitions/


★EMBARK JOURNAL

Gotham always has a writing contest (or two) going. These contests are a great way to stretch your talent and imagination, and we dangle nice prizes to give you extra motivation. Check out our current contests. And it’s worth a look at the winners and finalists in our past contests; the quality of work always amazes us.
https://www.writingclasses.com/contests


GLOBAL SOUP

Short Story Writing Competitions –  2 available
https://www.globesoup.net/writing-competitions


GOTHAM WRITERS

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts is recorded for Public Radio and heard nationally on both the radio and its weekly podcast.

The 2023 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize will be judged by Anthony Doerr (Cloud Cuckoo Land, All the Light We Cannot See). The winning work will be performed by an actor in spring 2023, and published on Electric Literature. The winning writer will receive $1000 and a free 10-week course with Gotham Writers.  Read the 2022 contest winner, “Make Yourself Into a House” by Grace Shuyi Liew.
https://v2.writingclasses.com/contests/stella-kupferberg-memorial-short-story-prize-2023


⭐HAMMOND HOUSE INTERNATIONAL

Our 2023 Writing Competition offers over £2000 in cash prizes, a televised Award Ceremony and the opportunity to be published in our annual anthologies. Sponsored by the University Centre Grimsby, this annual writing competition, now in its seventh year, attracts entries from up to 30 countries around the world.  Submission Deadline: 30th September 2023     RULES      CATEGORIES:   Short Story – Poetry – Scriptwriting – Songwriting
https://www.hammondhouse.org.uk/writing-competition-2023?fbclid=IwAR3SIGFe_m31rA_s831RY7Bq0U-WA0hYCpxnI1J28XMlLWjEXMq89OFvnwA


KENYON REVIEW

The Short Fiction Contest. The contest is open to all writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Submissions must be 3000 words or fewer. The final judge will be acclaimed author Danielle Evans. The Kenyon Review will publish the winning short story, and the author will be awarded a scholarship to attend the 2023 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Additional info on the Writers Workshops is available here. Deadline Jan 31, 2023
https://kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/


★KNIGHT WRITING PRESS

Romancing the Rainbow – ANTHOLOGY –  There are tons of boy meets girl stories that we see, all the time, from the moment we can start paying attention. From famous novels and movies to TV shows and commercials. And for the people those stories are applicable to, they are “lessons” or templates for those kinds of interactions, for how the boy and girl can or should or could interact, even when fictitious and obviously untrue.  DEADLINE DEC 1, 2023
https://knightwritingpress.com/open-and-upcoming-submissions/?fbclid=IwAR3IZT0x7omWeqisVwA-M799uKx5y1lRizi9hOMFcsXEQdYVnRnSPUn4xh0


NYC MIDNIGHT

Since 2002, NYC Midnight has hosted hundreds of inspiring competitions for storytellers around the world.  Participants are challenged to create original stories, screenplays, or films using assigned elements under time constraints.  If you enjoy a creative challenge, check out our upcoming competitions. • Short Story Challenge • Screenwriting Challenge • Flash Fiction Challenge • Microfiction Challenge/ • Short Screenplay Challenge
http://www.nycmidnight.com


PARSEC

PETTSBURGH’S PREMIER SOCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY ORGANISATION
Short Story Contest – 2023 Contest Theme is: Preserve or Purge.
We ask that authors try and incorporate both concepts into their speculative work. This can be conveyed in the setting, plot, characters, dialogue; the only limit is your imagination. The theme must be integral to the story in some way and not just mentioned in passing.  Deadline May 1, 2023
https://parsec-sff.org/short-story-contest/


PUBLISHERS ARCHIEVE

Here you can find a large list of publishers as well as a list of awards and contests.
short story contests: https://publishersarchive.com/short-story-contests
https://publishersarchive.com/scifi-fantasy-contests


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

Several contestsf listed keep scrolling.
NEW Enter our short story competition – Submit a short story based on one of 5 weekly prompts. Winners get $50 and will feature on our app! Sign up to get this week’s prompts.
https://https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests


THE WRITER

500 Word Contest
Make every word count and submit your best work in 500 words or less! Enter your best writing in any genre – fiction OR nonfiction – that falls under 500 words for a chance to win the grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine.  Do you have what it takes? Enter today.
SUBMIT YOUR BEST WORK NOW – FINAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS MAY 16, 2023
https://www.writermag.com/the-writer-contests/500-word-contest-2023/


WRITER MAGAZINE

Submit your very best essay in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it is nonfiction and falls under 2,000 words. Enter today for a chance to win the grand prize: $1,000 and publication in The Writer magazine.  Do you have what it takes? Enter today  SUBMIT YOUR BEST WORK NOW – FINAL DEADLINE TO SUBMIT IS FEBRUARY 28, 2023
https://www.writermag.com/the-writer-contests/essay-contest/


WRITING DISTRICT

The Writing District Prize 2023 is open for short story entries from August 25, 2023.  The deadline for receipt of all entries is May 31, 2023 at 5pm (EST).  Entries will only be accepted through Duosoma, the submissions manager for Duotrope.  Short stories can be on any subject, theme or genre.  Entry fee: $15. You can submit multiple entries as long as each entry is paid for individually and includes a separate entry form.  Maximum word count is 3,000 words.
https://thewritingdistrict.com/the-writing-district-prize-2023/   INFORMATIONAL PAGE
https://thewritingdistrict.com/competitions/writing-district-prize-2023/

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BUILDING U – STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

For Students by Students.  A large filterable list of things for students, including writing contests.  THERE IS A CLEAR NEED to identify and address factors that most significantly impact the odds of successful outcomes for high school students as they move forward in their present and make plans for their postsecondary future.  INDEPENDENT RESEARCH in both Canada and the US suggests that the biggest factors contributing to successful postsecondary outcomes are: awareness of and good information around relevant options, and self-determined decision-making and planning.
https://building-u.com/opportunities/


KET EDUCATION

KET Education is excited to announce the 2023 Young Writers Contest is open for submissions! The annual contest seeks to celebrate creativity through four categories of writing – Illustrated Story, Short Story, Poetry, and Graphic Novels. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, March 31, 2023. Winners will be announced no later than May 30, 2023.  Looking for inspiration? You can read the last year’s winning stories and poems as well as listen to audio versions from the authors themselves! Plus, don’t miss our new Creative Writing Toolkits that supply classroom-ready lessons and activities to guide you in introducing and exploring our contest categories.
https://education.ket.org/young-writers-contest/


NCTE – NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

The 2023 contest is now open! Click here to apply today. Purpose: To stimulate and recognize the writing talents of eighth-grade students and to emphasize the importance of writing skills among eighth-grade students.  Schools in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands and American Schools Abroad are eligible to nominate eighth-grade students. Nominating schools must be US accredited.
https://ncte.org/awards/promising-young-writers/


NEW PAGES

Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication’s website. Ages can include elementary, teen, or early college. This is an ad-free resource: publications and writing contests listed here have not paid to be included. This guide is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers. Contestes listed for 2023, monthly, updated regularly.
https://www.newpages.com/young-writers-guide/young-writers-guide-to-contests/


NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

STUFF FOR THE TEEN AGE, FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, FOR TEACHERS 25 Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities for Teens Have to scroll down the page to see contests:  https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/10/26/writing-competitions-young-adults


NORTH SOUTH FOUNDATION

The primary goal of NorthSouth Foundation contests is to foster the spirit of competition and learning among the youth. Parents and children should focus on the joy of learning and interacting with other writing participants rather than on the possible outcome of the contest. Specifically, the NorthSouth Foundation Essay contest is intended to encourage writing skills, which demand quick thinking, good organization of ideas and cohesive writing style.  In addition to all the general contest rules stated by North South Foundation, the following rules are applicable for Essay Writing Bee (Leadership In Writing) Competition.

There are 3 levels of competition in Essay Bee:Essay Writing Level 1 (EW1): Grades 3, 4 and 5
Essay Writing Level 2 (EW2): Grades 6, 7 and 8
Essay Writing Level 3 (EW3): Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12
https://northsouth.org/public/USContests/EssayWriting?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7b7CscOk_AIVKk1yCh1LEAW0EAAYBCAAEgL95fD_BwE


ONE YEAR ADVENTURE NOVEL

For students 19 and under. Every year, we run a free novel contest for our students. Any One Year Adventure Novel student under 20 who has a valid curriculum license and who finishes a novel that meets the course requirements can submit.  We don’t obligate students to enter, but writing contests for teens are great way for young writers to start sharing their writing with others—and stay motivated to finish their novel! We post every novel entry on the student forum for other students to read (unless the student requests to be omitted).  Deadline AUG 15 2023
https://clearwaterpress.com/oneyearnovel/events/young-writers-novel-contest/


REEDSY

The Best Children’s Writing Contests of 2022 – Writing competitions curated by Reedsy
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/children-s/


WE ARE TEACHERS

A list of the Best Student Writing Contests for 2022-2023  Help your students take their writing to the next level.  When students write for teachers, it can feel like an assignment. When they write for a real purpose, they are empowered! Student writing contests are an easy and inspiring way to try writing for an authentic audience—a real panel of judges—and the possibility of prize money or other incentives. We’ve gathered a list of student writing contests below. From poetry to plays, essays to science fiction, there is something for everyone. See if any of them suit your curriculum, and get prepared to see some motivated students.
https://www.weareteachers.com/student-writing-contests/


YOUNG WRITERS

Young Writers was established in 1991 in a small warehouse in Eastern England and has blossomed into a worldwide brand! Today, Young Writers is still a modest family-run business, but on a much bigger scale than its humble beginnings.  We pride ourselves on encouraging young writers to read, write and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing. Having work published boosts confidence, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.

TEENS AND WRITING YOUNG ADULT
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BOOK PIPELINE

The 2023 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary
Mystery / Thriller, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Nonfiction
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


BRIDGEPORT PRIZE

New Memoir Award.   We all have a story to tell about ourselves, the good, the bad and the how did I end up there? Our memoir award celebrates the life story, a fragment in time or rear view mirror look at what was and now is.
https://bridportprize.org.uk/memoir-award-coming-soon/


GIRLS WRITE NOW

Contest sources for youth.
https://girlswritenow.org/resource/writing-contests/


HANGING LOOSE MAGAZINE

(Year Round)  This magazine invites high school students to submit their poetry or short stories for publication as well as payment if selected. This is open to high school students ages 9-12. Visit their page for more information
https://www.hangingloosepress.com/submissions/


HOLLYWOOD SCHOOLHOUSE

Several different contests and different sites.
https://www.hshla.org/


NEWS PAGES

Where young writers can find print and online literary magazines to read, places to publish their own works, and legitimate contests. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For specific submission guidelines, visit the publication’s website. Ages can include elementary, teen, or early college. This is an ad-free resource: publications and writing contests listed here have not paid to be included. This guide is maintained by Editor Denise Hill, a teacher who loves to encourage young writers. Sort Deadline by Month:
https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/young-writers-guide-to-contests


NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

STUFF FOR THE TEEN AGE, FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, FOR TEACHERS
25 Writing Contests and Publication Opportunities for Teens 
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/10/26/writing-competitions-young-adults


PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEENS

  • TEEN INK: is one of the most popular and diverse writing spaces to get published in high school. The broad categories for publication reflect the diversity of writing that this lively online magazine celebrates. Some publication categories include: community service, travel and culture, the environment, health, reviews of TV shows and video games, and college essays, among the more traditional poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Visit online at: http://www.teenink.com/
  • AGNI: is Boston University’s well-respected journal. It appears in both print and online. AGNI submissions are not limited to high school writers, but the journal is known to accept and publish lots of work by new writers. Get published in high school at AGNI and you’ve taken an important step to becoming a writer in the real world! Find them online at: http://www.bu.edu/agni/submit.html
  • THE ADROIT JOURNAL: is run by high school students, college students, and emerging writers. Adroit publishes within “over 21” and “under 21” categories, so your writing will appear alongside great work by writers of any age. Adroit publishes fiction and poetry, and includes art and photography. They will reopen our submission reading period in January 2021. Find them online at: http://www.theadroitjournal.org/
  • EMBER: only published twice a year, but this beautiful and dreamy journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction appeals to all age groups. Although it doesn’t exclusively publish young writers, submissions from writers and artists ages 10 to 18 are strongly encouraged. Submissions open in February of 2021. For more details, visit them online at: http://emberjournal.org/
  • POLYPHONY LIT: invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from high school students worldwide. Student editors provide feedback to all submissions, including the ones not accepted for publication. Submissions are open from July 1 2020 – April 30, 2020. More details can be found at https://www.polyphonylit.org/.

QUARKNDAGGER.COM

We’ve put together a list of writing contests or places to publish short works. These channels are ideal for young adults (teens), especially those interested in writing sci-fi and fantasy. Scroll through, put it in your calendar and get writing. If you have any you’d like to add to the list, comment below. https://quarkndagger.com/19-writing-contests-and-publication-outlets-for-young-adults/ 


REEDSY

The Best Children’s Writing Contests of 2022 – Writing competitions curated by Reedsy
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/children-s/


SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS

Are you a visionary? Are you an original thinker? The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has been empowering young talent since 1923. This competition is  open for grades 7th –12th and has a submission period from September – December. Visit their page for more information. SEP – DEC
https://www.artandwriting.org/awards/how-to-enter/


SELECT YOUTH CONTESTS

  • HOT DISH MAGAZINE, an online journal serving up a bubbling mixture of poetry and fiction by teens (grades 9–12), wants your voice to be heard! We award cash prizes for fiction, poetry, and the Hot Dish Challenge. Our submission period is October-January. Visit us at www.hotdishmagazine.com.
  • GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to girlsrighttheworld@gmail.com between September 1 and December 31.  https://www.girlswritenow.org/contests/
  • THE LUMIERE REVIEW is a literary magazine dedicated to shining the light on all voices (particularly young creatives) through poetry, prose, and art. We’ll be running our first annual writing contest for poetry and prose, which will be open for submission from December 1st to January 15th. Updates will be made on our social media accounts (@lumierereview on twitter and instagram). Details on the contest guidelines can be found at https://lumierereview.com/contest.
  • PRINCIPIAL PERSPECTIVES WRITING CONTEST is an annual writing contest that centers around a specific theme each year. This year, the theme is family. What stories define “family” for you? We don’t limit “family” to blood relatives; any person, group of people, or community that fulfills that role is an option. We also don’t want to limit you to COVID-19 stories—the purpose here is not to reflect on the pandemic, but rather, family. Anything goes as long as the theme is addressed in a thoughtful manner. The contest is open to middle and high schoolers. View contest details and guidelines at https://www.principiatutors.com/principia-perspectives-contest.

YOUNG WRITERS

Young Writers was established in 1991 in a small warehouse in Eastern England and has blossomed into a worldwide brand! Today, Young Writers is still a modest family-run business, but on a much bigger scale than its humble beginnings.  We pride ourselves on encouraging young writers to read, write and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing. Having work published boosts confidence, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.

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Free writing contests is your source for a listing of 2022 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests – hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.
https://free-writing-contests.com/


WOMEN WRITING THER WEST BLOG

– We welcome any content, written by real writers who show an understanding and expertise in a chosen topic.
– Submissions must be useful for building stronger writing platforms, practical or technical, that readers can use immediately or tag for future.
– Previously published work relating a specific topic from the suggested list, is acceptable.
– WWW cannot work with agency writers and cannot accept submissions that include political or religious views.
https://womenwritingthewest.wordpress.com/about-2/www-blog-submission-guidelines/

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ANDREA HYLEN

The Incubator: An On-line Co-working Space For Women
Current Topic Focus for Writing Prompts:
Mastering Your Mind: Turning Saboteurs into Allies with Sage Powers
Attn: Cultural Creatives: This is not a “program.” it is a space for women who want to create and who have something to express. This may come in the form of writing books and blogs, speaking on Facebook Live, Youtube and Podcasts, creating art, music, photography, dance with leadership in your home, communities, business and the world and the ongoing evolution and re-creation of you.
http://www.andreahylen.com/the-incubator/


LONG ISLAND ROMANCE WRITERS

May 13, 2023 – 12 p.m. EDT
Mariah Ankenman Presents: Booktok & Beyond
Cost: $10 before May 1st, $20 after. Recording included!
Booktok has revitalized the book buying business. Join author Mariah Ankenman as she helps you navigate the ever changing world of TikTok and the booktok community. Learn how to connect with readers, create engaging videos, and cross post to Instagram Reels for maximum exposure. Grab your book crown authors.
Bestselling author Mariah Ankenman lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her two rambunctious children and loving spouse who is her own personal spell checker when her dyslexia gets the best of her.
Mariah loves to lose herself in a world of words. Her favorite thing about writing is when she can make someone’s day a little brighter with one of her books. To learn more about Mariah and her books, visit her website https://mariahankenman.com/ follow her on social media or sign up for her newsletter.
https://www.lirw.org/workshops


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