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A WARM MUG OF COZY

Do you like writing short cozy mysteries? If so, we would love to invite you to submit your work for potential inclusion in our second Warm Mug of Cozy Anthology.  Submission deadline for Volume 2: April 30, 2024.  Who can participate: Anyone at least 17 years of age, including emerging authors and never-published writers.
Scroll below award to view details.
https://warmmugofcozy.com/anthology-submission/


ALMOND PRESS

Welcome to the most comprehensive list of writing competitions available online. Our list includes short story, poetry, and flash fiction competitions, as well as some events for essay writers, screenwriting, and even entire novel manuscripts. Each item on our list includes basic information about max word count, entry fees, submission deadlines, and the first place prize.  Please do your own research before deciding to enter any event. In case of questions about a particular event, please reach out to the event organizer.
Scroll down the list for 2024 events.
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/
Contests Overview: https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/overview
Writers Calendar (click view on calendar):
https://www.awpwriter.org/community_calendar/writers_calendar


BAEN BOOKS PUBLISHING

What it is: Baen Books has been publishing science fiction and fantasy for decades.  The Writer’s Center says: If you’re looking for a science fiction/fantasy small publisher that does it all—hardcover, paperback, and ebook—Baen is for you.
https://www.baen.com/contests


BECOME A WRITER TODAY

Contests:  https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-contests/
Writing Jobs: Information available on Calendar https://becomeawritertoday.com/writing-jobs/


BOOK PIPELINE

The 2024  Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:  Literary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

Booksie is a free online writing site that provides the tools for writers to publish their work and connect with readers from across the world. You can post poems, short stories, books, articles and more. Over the past ten years, tens of thousands of writers have posted hundreds of thousands of short stories, novel, poems, articles and more. Tens of millions of readers have gained access to some of the best up-and-coming writing talent and supported writers who have gone on to become best-sellers. Join Booksie and tell your story.
2024 contests.  https://www.booksie.com/writing-contests


🔴BOULEVARD MAGAZINE

Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard. Poetry Deadline June 1, 2024
https://boulevard.submittable.com/submit


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.
Submission Guidelines: https://thebridportprize.submittable.com/submit
Poetry, Short Story, Novel Award, Memoir Award, Flash Fiction
Categories List:  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.
Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of competitions — we can only include those we are aware of.
2024 Contests listed by month :
https://canadianauthors.org/national/links/awards-competitions/


CHANTICLEER INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS 2022

Fiction Genere Divisions • Fiction Genere • Multiple Non-Fiction Divisions – A large list of contests for 2034-2025 by various genre.
https://www.chantireviews.com/category/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.  READING PERIODS STORIES, ESSAYS and POETRY: March 1-June1, September 1 – December 1, Subscribers may submit all year-round for free.
https://www.thecommononline.org/submit/


COMPETITIONS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD

2024 A list of available writing contest for all genre.
https://intercompetition.com/writing


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

2024  Choose your CATEGORIES and find what you want.
https://creativewritingink.co.uk/writing-competitions/


EMBARK JOURNAL

We accept submissions year-round. Those received by September 1, 2024, will be considered for our twenty-first issue, which will be released in October 2024.issions year-round. Those received by March 1, 2024, will be considered for our twentieth issue, which will be released in April 2024.
https://embarkliteraryjournal.com/submissions/


FAN STORY

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


FLORIDA WRITERS ASSOCIATION

Writing Contests – The Florida Writers Association offers two writing contests annually: Collection and Royal Palm Literary Awards.  Both contests open to submissions on February 1 and close on April 30. You must be an FWA member to enter. Not a member? Join here!. Both cross broad areas of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and both are open to adults and youth who are judged separately.
https://www.floridawriters.org/writing-contests


FREE YOUR PEN

2024  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.
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

Not updated to 2024 – 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

2024 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

The next free Update: The next free 7 Day Story Writing Challenge will begin on 26th Feb.
But before that, why not try our…2024 PRIMAL FEARS HORROR SHORT STORY CHALLENGE   now open.  WE WILL ACCEPT ALL KINDS OF HORROR STORIES FOR THIS CHALLENGE, FROM THE SLIGHTLY CHILLING TO THE OUTRIGHT HORRIFYING.  PRIZE: £1,000 – DEADLINE: 23:59 (UK time) 19th Feb, 2024 Words: 5,000 (max)
https://www.globesoup.net/horror-short-story-challenge-2024

https://www.globesoup.net/writing-competitions
Free Editing Checklist download.


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.

Harlequin is looking to publish more romance stories by authors in underrepresented communities,  We welcome all writers to the Harlequin community and want readers to see themselves reflected in the romantic stories we publish. Use
https://www.writeforharlequin.com/submission-calls/


🔴INDIANA WRITERS

Several opportunities for writers listed for May 2024
https://www.indianawriters.org/blogs/news/opportunities-for-writers-april-2024-2/


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS

2024 A listing of competitions around the world.
https://intercompetition.com/writing


KENYON REVIEW

2024 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 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Additional info on the Writers Workshops is available here.   Every Year Jan 1 through Jan 31
Short Fiction Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/
Short NonFiction Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/submit/short-nonfiction-contest/
Short Poetry Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/submit/poetry-contest/


KOTOBEE BLOG

2024 Anyone who has participated in writing events before–such as NaNoWriMo–knows how effective it can be to write against the clock, and that’s where writing contests come in! These contests can be a great way to develop your skills, challenge yourself against other writers, and, above all else, win an award for your work!
Select Genre and Month.
https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2024/


MACMILLIAN PUBLISHERS

2024 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America Best First Novel Competition –Rules for the 2024 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition,  Only electronic submissions, uploaded through this entry form, will be considered; do not mail or e-mail manuscript submissions to Minotaur Books.  Deadline: December1 5,2023
Contact:  https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/writing-competitions.
https://us.macmillan.com/minotaurbooks/submit-manuscript/


MEDIUM

72 Writing Contests in May 2024 — No entry fees — This March there are more than six dozen free writing contests for short fiction, novels, poetry, CNF, nonfiction, and plays. Prizes this month range from $25,000 to publication. None charge entry fees.  Some of these contests have age and geographical restrictions, so read the instructions carefully.
https://medium.com/curiosity-never-killed-the-writer/72-writing-contests-in-may-2024-no-entry-fees-f1decda4145f


NEW PAGES BLOG

NewPages is the Portal of Independents! Founded in the early 1970s as a print publication, NewPages provides online news, information, and guides to literary magazines, independent and university publishers, graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs, independent bookstores, alternative periodicals and newsweeklies, writing conferences and events, and more.
A variety of completions listed.  Use the filters to narrow down to search.
https://www.newpages.com/submission-opportunities/writing-contests/


NOVEL

https://neovel.io/contest/stronger-together-contest?tab=2


NOTHING IN THE RULE BOOK

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/


🔴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

Writing contests are a great way to practice your skills, hone your craft and get your name out there among fellow fiction writers. They’re also fantastic opportunities for those working in creative nonfiction, poetry, scripts and sometimes even hybrid writing or multimedia projects.
https://www.thenovelry.com/blog/writing-competitions-2023#strongwriting-competitions-2024strong


NYC MIDNIGHT

Screen Writing Competition kicks off March 2024 – register now. – Microfiction starts April 19.
CLICK on Challenges in top Menu Bar
http://www.nycmidnight.com 


OWLCATION

2024 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

Not yet updated to 2024,  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://www.papertrue.com/blog/writing-contests-2024/


PENCRAFT AWARD

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/authors-support/contest-entry-form/


POETS & WRITERS

2024 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

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
https://proofed.com/writing-tips/5-creative-writing-contests-to-look-out-for-in-2023/


PUBLISH DRIVE

Free and paid19  writing contests for 2024.  Scroll down and check them out.  Unfortunately they don’t put the deadlines on the blurbs. Winning the competition is going to get your writing published. That is to say, it grants you a meeting with prospective readers, supports you in gathering momentum, and it is up to you how that opportunity is magnified.
https://publishdrive.com/free-and-paid-writing-contests.html


PUBLISHERS ARCHIEVE

Find a publisher looking for authors.
https://publishersarchive.com/


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.
Check submission guides for deadlines and publication dates.
https://pureinheartstories.com/submissions/?fbclid=IwAR3_junzhFSXTwKnF995OXK9Zmt1g1ih_83lSnMwwrsIS0aza-EYfEiuYKU


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

2024 Several contests listed keep scrolling.  Use the search option to find the most recent contests, and deadlines.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/


SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS

The 2024 Writing Contest opens on Feb.19th.  The contest submission window is from February 19 – June 30, 2024. The entry form is here. The entry fee is $35 per entry and includes a copy of the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology that will feature the winning work. Entries must fit into one of the following categories:
– Adult Fiction
– Adult Nonfiction (including business and memoir)
– Kidlit (includes Picture/Children’s/Middle Grade/YA Books)
– PoetryEntries may have been self-published or not-yet-published but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more) and should be the first 1500 words of a novel or book, an essay, article, novella, short story, novelette, etc. For Poetry entries, you may submit up to three poems at a time in one document, as long as their total COMBINED word count is at 1500 or less. They will be judged individually.Grand Prize: A registration to the 2025 San Francisco Writers Conference.*Four Category Winners will receive a 2025 Summit Registration of their choice or an equivalent discount to the main conference.**Winners and finalists in each category receive publication of their entry in the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology.
https://www.sfwriters.org/2024-writing-contest-overview/


SEJONG CULTURAL SOCIETY

https://sejongculturalsociety.org/writing/current/index.php


SMART BLOGGER

Listings for  2024. 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.  Suspending submissions please check in a few weeks.
https://solsticelitmag.submittable.com/submit


STONE SOUP

2024 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.
CONTESTS: https://stonesoup.com/contests/
Submissions:: 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.
Essays, Fiction, Poetry
https://www.thesunmagazine.org/submit/essays-fiction-poetry


TADPOLE PRESS

Amber Byers is an award-winning author and head judge of the Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest. As the founder and CEO of Tadpole Press, Amber delights in celebrating creativity and connecting with a worldwide community of writers.
100 Word Writing Contest  SUBMISSIONS CLOSED.
https://www.tadpolepress.com/100-word-writing-contest


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

2024. 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.  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.
https://www.weekendnotes.com/adelaide/competitions/


WINNING WRITERS

2024. Poetry, Fiction & Essay, and Self Published Book contests  Deadlines vary.
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests


WILLIAM FAULKNER LITERARY COMPETITION

William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897, on Jefferson Street in New Albany, Mississippi. Some of his notable awards were the 1949 Nobel Prize for Literature, the 1955 and 1963 Pulitzer Prizes for Fiction and the 1951 and 1955 National Book Awards. Recognizing the significance of being the birthplace of one of the most celebrated writers in American Literature generally and Southern Literature specifically, we are proud to provide the William Faulkner Literary contest for aspiring writers.
Deadlines vary: July 2024 https://williamfaulknerliterarycompetition.com/about/
Contest info:  https://williamfaulknerliterarycompetition.com/


WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ARTS & LETTERS

Deadline March 2024. 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.
Submissions: https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/magazine/submissions
Contests:https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/content/writing-contests


WRITE OR DIE MAGAZINE

Currently open for essays and interviews. Fiction submissions are closed.
https://www.chillsubs.com/writeordie/submission-guidelines


WRITE THE WORLD

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


THE WRITER MAGAZINE

Dear Readers: Jazztimes, Birdwatching, The Writer, and Diabetes Self-Management will be on hiatus until 2024 as we continue to transition these titles to streaming on The BeBop Television Network. You may enjoy available issues through digital download and Video On Demand below.
https://www.writermag.com/contests/


THE WRITERS COLLEGE

2024 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)
Scroll down for current contests
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/wd-competitions
Annual Competitions: https://www.writersdigest.com/wd-competitions/annual-competition


WRITERS OF THE FUTURE

ENTER THE WRITER CONTEST – 3rd Quarter 2024  Deadline: June 30, 2024
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/


WRITERS-EDITORS.COM

2024 A variety of contests and genres
https://www.writers-editors.com/Writers/Contests/contests.htm


WRITING COMPLETIONS.NET

2024 Several contests, mixed genre, by various sponsors
https://writingcompetitions.net/


WRITING CONTESTS.WORDPRESS.COM

2024 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

2024 All the top writing contests.. A large list of writing contests.
https://writingcompetitions.net/


WRITING DISTRICT

2024 Various contests listed. Scroll the page.
https://thewritingdistrict.com/contests/


WRITING WORKSHOPS

https://writingworkshops.com/


YORICK RADIO PRODUCTIONS

Prose Fiction and Non-Fiction (4000 word limit)
Flash fiction (1000 word limit)
Poetry (up to 6 Poems of no more than 6 pages)
Radio Play Scripts (20 pages)
https://yorickradioproductions.com/submissions/

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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.
Submissions accepted Jan 1, 2024 – April 20, 2024
https://adventurewriterscompetition.com/entry-procedure.html


FREE YOUR PEN

Novel Writing Competitions List FOR 2024. 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.
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/


 

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NCTE – NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

Now accepting submissions for Promising You Writers – Deadline FEB 1, 2024
https://ncte.org/awards/promising-young-writers/


REEDSY

The Best Children’s Writing Contests of 2024-2025– 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 2024-2025  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.
Contests:: https://www.weareteachers.com/student-contests-competitions/


WRITING WORKSHOPS

18 Children’s publishers accepting submissions.
https://writingworkshops.com/blogs/news/18-childrens-book-publishers-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 2025 YoungArts application opens in June 2024.
https://youngarts.org/discipline/writing/


YOUNG WRITERS

2024 Listings.  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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BAEN BOOKS PUBLISHING

What it is: Baen Books has been publishing science fiction and fantasy for decades.  The Writer’s Center says: If you’re looking for a science fiction/fantasy small publisher that does it all—hardcover, paperback, and ebook—Baen is for you.
https://www.baen.com/contests


BOOK PIPELINE

The 2024 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 EARLY Deadline: May 24, 2024
Various contests.
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


PUBLISHERS ARCHIVE

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

Not yet updated to 2024.
https://writerunboxed.com/

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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 2024
https://www.henryharvin.com/blog/top-15-flash-fiction-contest-2021/


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN

2024 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.
https://www.christopherfielden.com/short-story-tips-and-writing-advice/flash-fiction-competitions.php


FISH PUBLISHING

Closed
https://www.fishpublishing.com/competition/flash-fiction-contest/


GLOBE SOUP

2024 PRIMAL FEARS HORROR SHORT STORY CHALLENGE -PRIZE: £1,000 | CLOSES: 19th Feb, 2024

For this short story challenge, all participants will be randomly assigned a horror sub-genre* and will receive a list of 20 primal fears. All participants will receive the same 20 primal fears. As soon as you receive your randomly assigned sub-genre and the list of primal fears, you’ll have until the closing time to write and submit a short story of any length up to 5,000 words. Your story should fit the sub-genre you were assigned and should be underpinned by one of the primal fears from the list.You get to choose the primal fear that will underpin your story.
https://www.globesoup.net/horror-short-story-challenge-2024

Contests: https://www.globesoup.net/writing-blog/best-flash-fiction-contests


THE COMPANY

Not yet updated to 2024.  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.”  This contest is free to enter and it’s open to everyone.
https://writers.company/events/


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


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.
Link says 2023 but lists are 2024
https://streetlightmag.com/2023-flash-fiction-contest/


TCK PUBLISHING

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.
https://www.tckpublishing.com/submission-guidelines/


WOW! Women On Writing Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest

WE NOW HAVE TWO CONTESTS – WOW! Women On Writing hosts two quarterly contests: one for fiction writers and one for nonfiction writers. We’ve hosted the flash fiction contest since 2006, and the essay contest since 2017. We look forward to reading your work.
https://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/contest.php
Quarterly Flash Fiction Contest
Quarterly Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

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AMERICAN SHORT FICTION

We are thrilled to announce that the brilliant Dantiel W. Moniz—author of the acclaimed story collection Milk, Blood, Heat—will judge our 2024 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.
https://americanshortfiction.org/submityourwork/the-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.
Open for submissions:  Oct. 2023 Deadline January 31, 2024
https://www.boulevardmagazine.org/nonfiction-contest


CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEWS

Various listed contests for 2024
https://www.chantireviews.com/category/contests/


🔴MY FIRST BOOK

Looking for the very best writing competitions? Want to win cash prizes, agent introductions and even publishing contracts? Then check out the list of 29 incredible contests below.
https://myfirstbookdeal.com/2024/02/01/best-writing-competitions-2024/


REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

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


SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS

The 2024 Writing Contests  Deadline June 20, 2024.  The contest submission window is from February 19 – June 30, 2024. The entry form is here. The entry fee is $35 per entry and includes a copy of the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology that will feature the winning work. Entries must fit into one of the following categories:
– Adult Fiction
– Adult Nonfiction (including business and memoir)
– Kidlit (includes Picture/Children’s/Middle Grade/YA Books)
– PoetryEntries may have been self-published or not-yet-published but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more) and should be the first 1500 words of a novel or book, an essay, article, novella, short story, novelette, etc. For Poetry entries, you may submit up to three poems at a time in one document, as long as their total COMBINED word count is at 1500 or less. They will be judged individually.Grand Prize: A registration to the 2025 San Francisco Writers Conference.*Four Category Winners will receive a 2025 Summit Registration of their choice or an equivalent discount to the main conference.**Winners and finalists in each category receive publication of their entry in the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology.
https://www.sfwriters.org/2024-writing-contest-overview/


THE SATURDAY EVENING POST

2024 Great American Fiction Contest – Deadline July 1, 2024  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/


 

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THE HISTORICAL FICTION COMPANY

ENTER THE HFC 2024 BOOK AWARDS — No erotica.  check deadlines   YES, you can submit an unpublished manuscript to the contest! Guess what else you can do? You can now self-publish with our ALL-INCLUSIVE self-pub package OR use our hybrid publishing package under our imprint to publish your manuscript. At Historium Press, our submissions process is a two-tiered process which gives you feedback to get your project ready for publication—from reviewers who are in the business, as well as our internal editorial staff. If your novel is ready, we’ll give you the go ahead. If it is not ready, the evaluation will detail weaknesses and suggest the next steps to ensure a quality manuscript. We are looking for manuscripts in the following genre: Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Biography, Historical Literary, Historical Time Travel/Time Slip, Historical Fantasy, Historical YA/Teen, Historicals for Children, Altenate Historical, Cozy Historicals, Historical Non-Fiction  Deadline November 29, 2024
https://www.thehistoricalfictioncompany.com/book-awards/award-submission


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/


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

Do you like writing short cozy mysteries? If so, we would love to invite you to submit your work for potential inclusion in our second Warm Mug of Cozy Anthology.  Submission deadline for Volume 2: April 30, 2024.
Who can participate: Anyone at least 17 years of age, including emerging authors and never-published writers.
Information below contest award image.
https://warmmugofcozy.com/anthology-submission/


CREATIVE WRITING CONTESTS

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


BOOK PIPELINE

2024. Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selection for each category, including Katherine Tegen Books, Creative Artists Agency, and Verve Publishing.  Early Deadline May 24, 2024.
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

2024. Anyone who has participated in writing events before–such as NaNoWriMo–knows how effective it can be to write against the clock, and that’s where writing contests come in! These contests can be a great way to develop your skills, challenge yourself against other writers, and, above all else, win an award for your work.
https://blog.kotobee.com/writing-contests-2024/


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.
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

Mystery – Suspense Contests Listed for 2024 – more may be added.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/suspense/

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ASSOCIATION OF WRTERS & WRITING PROGRAMS

Writer’s Calendar –  I have linked to 2024 dates. howeve, they only have the droip0downh selection to 2022 but you may have to manually forward the calendar.  I have emailed them asking them to update the date range.
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?year=2024&month=02&item_types%5B%5D=WCC_ENTRY&item_types%5B%5D=CALENDAR_ITEM
Contests Overview: https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/overview


AUTUMN HOUSE PRESS

2024 Autumn House Nonfiction Prize Is Now Open.  The submission period closes April 30, 2024 (Eastern Time). We will announce the finalists and the winner of the contest by August 1, 2024. The winner will receive book publication, a $1,000 honorarium, and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book.
https://www.autumnhouse.org/submissions/nonfiction/?mc_cid=eb8172a50c&mc_eid=f81dd88185


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. Deadline APR 15, 2024
https://www.boulevardmagazine.org/nonfiction-contest


CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL

Check the list for what they are currently accepting and deadlines.
https://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics


CHRISTOPHER FIELDEN

2024 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

2024 CNFC-HLR nonfiction contest.  Closes February 2024
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 in the spring of 2024.
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/


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 2024.
https://blog.reedsy.com/writing-contests/non-fiction/


SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS

The 2024 Writing Contest opens on Feb.19th.  The contest submission window is from February 19 – June 30, 2024. The entry form is here. The entry fee is $35 per entry and includes a copy of the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology that will feature the winning work. Entries must fit into one of the following categories:
– Adult Fiction
– Adult Nonfiction (including business and memoir)
– Kidlit (includes Picture/Children’s/Middle Grade/YA Books)
– PoetryEntries may have been self-published or not-yet-published but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more) and should be the first 1500 words of a novel or book, an essay, article, novella, short story, novelette, etc. For Poetry entries, you may submit up to three poems at a time in one document, as long as their total COMBINED word count is at 1500 or less. They will be judged individually.Grand Prize: A registration to the 2025 San Francisco Writers Conference.*Four Category Winners will receive a 2025 Summit Registration of their choice or an equivalent discount to the main conference.**Winners and finalists in each category receive publication of their entry in the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology.
https://www.sfwriters.org/2024-writing-contest-overview/


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AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

The 2025 Peter Porter Poetry Prize will be open for entries from 1 July 2024 and will close on 7 October 2024. It will be the twenty-first Porter Prize.
Poetry:https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/peter-porter-poetry-prize

2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize – Dates: Opens 16 January and closes 22 April
ABR welcomes entries in the 2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500 and is for an original work of short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English. This is the fifteenth time the Jolley Prize has run and it is one of the world’s leading prizes for short fiction.
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-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/


🔴BOULEVARD MAGAZINE

Boulevard strives to publish only the finest in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. While we frequently publish writers with previous credits, we are very interested in less experienced or unpublished writers with exceptional promise. If you have practiced your craft and your work is the best it can be, send it to Boulevard. Poetry Deadline June 1, 2024
https://boulevard.submittable.com/submit


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 2024 – Deadline: September 30, 2024 – 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.
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
2024 International Literary Prize Opens Feb 24, 2024 – Closes Sep 30, 2024
https://www.hammondhouse.org.uk/2024-literary-prize


KENYON REVIEW

2024 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 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Additional info on the Writers Workshops is available here.   Every Year Jan 1 through Jan 31
Short Fiction Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/
Short NonFiction Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/submit/short-nonfiction-contest/
Short Poetry Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/submit/poetry-contest/


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-2024/


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 


POETRY MAMA

20 2024 Free poetry contests to enter..  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/


SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS

The 2024 Writing Contest opens on Feb.19th.  The contest submission window is from February 19 – June 30, 2024. The entry form is here. The entry fee is $35 per entry and includes a copy of the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology that will feature the winning work. Entries must fit into one of the following categories:
– Adult Fiction
– Adult Nonfiction (including business and memoir)
– Kidlit (includes Picture/Children’s/Middle Grade/YA Books)
– PoetryEntries may have been self-published or not-yet-published but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more) and should be the first 1500 words of a novel or book, an essay, article, novella, short story, novelette, etc. For Poetry entries, you may submit up to three poems at a time in one document, as long as their total COMBINED word count is at 1500 or less. They will be judged individually.Grand Prize: A registration to the 2025 San Francisco Writers Conference.*Four Category Winners will receive a 2025 Summit Registration of their choice or an equivalent discount to the main conference.**Winners and finalists in each category receive publication of their entry in the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology.
https://www.sfwriters.org/2024-writing-contest-overview/


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.
List of contests:  https://www.tckpublishing.com/2024-poetry-awards-contest/
general submissions:https://www.tckpublishing.com/submission-guidelines/


WINNING WRITERS

Welcome to the 22nd annual Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. Submit published or unpublished work. $10,000 in prizes. Please submit during April 15-October 1, 2024.
https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/tom-howard-margaret-reid-poetry-contest


THE WRITER

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


WOC THIS WAY FOR POETRY

Submissions for the Summer, 2024 issue open April 15 – June 15, 2024
https://wocthiswayforpoetry.wordpress.com/guidelines/

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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

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.

Harlequin is looking to publish more romance stories by authors in underrepresented communities,  We welcome all writers to the Harlequin community and want readers to see themselves reflected in the romantic stories we publish. Use
https://www.writeforharlequin.com/submission-calls/


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, 2024
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.  Online registration is available until: 4/15/2024
https://www.pnwa.org/page/writingcontest


REEDSY

2024 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

Chesapeake Romance Writer’s 2024 Rudy Writing Contest
Sponsor: Chesapeake Romance Writers
Description: In honor of the best-selling, award-winning author and long-time member of CRW, Judy McCoy, we want you to finish your book. Let our contest light your inspirational fire.
Dates: June 1, 2024 – September 1, 2024
https://www.chesapeakeromancewriters.com/writing-contest.html

Other Events:  https://www.rwa.org/Online/Events/Chapter_Events.aspx

 

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BOOK PIPELINE

The 2024 Book Pipeline: Unpublished contest is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across six categories of fiction and nonfiction:
https://bookpipeline.com/shop/unpublished-contest


THE LIGHT BRINGER PROJECT

Submissions Closed
The Omega Sci-Fi Project invites Los Angeles County high school students to submit their short science fiction stories to The Tomorrow Prize. The Tomorrow Prize encourages young writers to use sci-fi to explore the diverse issues humanity wrestles with, spark creative solutions, and unite the worlds of art and science.
https://www.lightbringerproject.org/science-fiction-competitions


PARSEC

The 28th annual Parsec Short Story Contest will open on January 1st and close on March 31st, 2024.
The 2024 Contest theme is “AI mythology”
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.
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/ 


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 – 3rd Quarter 2024 – Deadline: June 30, 2024
This Contest will run from April 1, 2024, through June 30, 2024.  Deadline is 11:59 p.m. June 30, 2024 Pacific Standard Time.
https://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/

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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 MIDNIGHT

Screen Writing Competition kicks off March 2024 – register now.
CLICK on Challenges in top Menu Bar
http://www.nycmidnight.com 

 


PAGE INTERNATIONAL SCREENWRITING AWARDS

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

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REEDSY BEST WRITING CONTESTS

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

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A WARM MUG OF COZY

Do you like writing short cozy mysteries? If so, we would love to invite you to submit your work for potential inclusion in our second Warm Mug of Cozy Anthology.  Submission deadline for Volume 2: April 30, 2024.
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https://warmmugofcozy.com/anthology-submission/


AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW

ABR welcomes entries in the 2024 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. The Jolley Prize is worth a total of $12,500 and is for an original work of short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English. This is the fifteenth time the Jolley Prize has run and it is one of the world’s leading prizes for short fiction.  Prize Money: $12,500 (first prize: $6,000, second prize: $4,000, third prize: $2,500)  Dates: Opens 16 January and closes 22 April
https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes-programs/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize/current-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/


BAEN BOOKS PUBLISHING

What it is: Baen Books has been publishing science fiction and fantasy for decades.  The Writer’s Center says: If you’re looking for a science fiction/fantasy small publisher that does it all—hardcover, paperback, and ebook—Baen is for you.
https://www.baen.com/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/category/contests/


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

2024.  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.
Various competitions to choose from.
https://creativewritingink.co.uk/competitions/


CREATIVE WRITING NZ

The Creative Writing NZ Short Story Prize 2024 is open for entries from January 30th, 2024.  The deadline for receipt of all entries is 11.59pm(NZST) on April 30, 2024.  Entries will only be accepted through Duosuma.
https://creativewriting.co.nz/competition/the-creative-writing-nz-short-story-prize-2024/


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

Update: The next free Update: The next free 7 Day Story Writing Challenge will begin on 26th Feb.
But before that, why not try our…2024 PRIMAL FEARS HORROR SHORT STORY CHALLENGE   now open.  WE WILL ACCEPT ALL KINDS OF HORROR STORIES FOR THIS CHALLENGE, FROM THE SLIGHTLY CHILLING TO THE OUTRIGHT HORRIFYING.  PRIZE: £1,000 – DEADLINE: 23:59 (UK time) 19th Feb, 2024 Words: 5,000 (max)
https://www.globesoup.net/writing-competitions
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GOTHAM WRITERS

2024 Writing Contests – 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


HAMMOND HOUSE INTERNATIONAL

CATEGORIES:   Short Story – Poetry – Scriptwriting – Songwriting
https://www.hammondhouse.org.uk/writing-competitions


KENYON REVIEW

2024 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 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. Additional info on the Writers Workshops is available here.   Every Year Jan 1 through Jan 31
Short Fictipn Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/contests/short-fiction/
Short NonFiction Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/submit/short-nonfiction-contest/
Short Poetry Contest: https://kenyonreview.org/submit/poetry-contest/


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


⭐MIRROR WORLD PUBLISHING, SHARON LEDWITH

Contest opened May 1st, 2024 and Mirror World Publishing will be accepting submissions until the end of May.   Mirrow World Publishing is looking for: Short stories and novellas ranging between 5000 to 25,000 words that are science fiction, fantasy, adventure, time travel, romance, or some combination of the above that focus on a theme of love against the odds. This includes love in dangerous places and times, love between diverse or marginalized populations, love in unlikely or unusual circumstances.  Deadline: May 31, 2024.
https://sharonledwith.blogspot.com/2024/05/submission-alert-mirror-world.html?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTAAAR1WxFWFVrapKjl9oyzyC5dNcnOusJghzMLV4uOgYSymvu_clvo7P_gIDPY_aem_AautPFpiJTcj8NixhkbaLbPjVBqV5mF9NVP9UtiA4WxVQy-vt69CIKhaxL-dtiYP2gOGtyHRHRe9iBu_VSFwtDMF

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

The 28th annual Parsec Short Story Contest will open on January 1st and close on March 31st, 2024.  The 2024 Contest theme is “AI mythology”  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.
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


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. Submission close June 30, 2024
List of contests:  https://www.tckpublishing.com/2024-poetry-awards-contest/
general submissions:https://www.tckpublishing.com/submission-guidelines/


🔴⭐H.G.WELLS SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The annual HG Wells Fiction Short Story Competition offers a £500 Senior and £1,000 Junior prize and free publication of all shortlisted entries in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.  the closing date is Monday 8th July 2024 and entries will be accepted up to 11pm (BST) on that date.
https://hgwellscompetition.com/


THE WRITER MAGAZINE

Currently on hiaitus.
https://www.writermag.com/the-writer-contests/500-word-contest-2023/


WRITING DISTRICT

The Writing District List of Contests
https://thewritingdistrict.com/contests/

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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

The 2024 KET Young Writers Contest will launch on January 1 and run through March 31. If your writers would like to get started ahead of time, the contest categories, rules and rubrics are available below. Need some inspiration?
https://education.ket.org/young-writers-contest/


NCTE – NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH

Now accepting submissions for the Promising Young Writers – Deadline FEB 15, 2024
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 2024, monthly, updated regularly.
Scroll down to DEADLINE DATES and choose month.
https://www.newpages.com/young-writers-guide/young-writers-guide-to-contests/


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/LandingPage/Contest


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 2024– 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 2024-2025.  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/?s=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.

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BOOK PIPELINE

The 2024 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/


🔴COLLEGE TRANSITIONS

Below, we’ve selected twenty-five writing competitions for high school students and sorted them by three general topics: 1) language, literature and arts, 2) STEM, environment and sustainability, and 3) politics, history and philosophy. It’s never too soon to begin thinking about your future college prospects, and even if you are a freshman, many of these writing competitions for high schoolers will be open to you.
https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/writing-competitions-for-high-school-students/

GIRLS WRITE NOW

Contest sources for youth.  Scroll down for 2024 contests.
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/


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:
Scroll down and select Month.
https://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/young-writers-guide-to-contests


NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Not yet updated to 2024.  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.
    https://www.teenink.com/submit
  • AGNI: Not yet updated to  2024  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: CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS. 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.
    http://www.theadroitjournal.org/
  • EMBER: CLOSED FOR SUBMISSIONS  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.
    Scroll down for 2024 dedlines.
    https://www.polyphonylit.org/copy-of-submit

REEDSY

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


SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS

The 2024 Writing Contest opens on Feb.19th.  Deadline June 30, 2024 The contest submission window is from February 19 – June 30, 2024. The entry form is here. The entry fee is $35 per entry and includes a copy of the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology that will feature the winning work. Entries must fit into one of the following categories:
– Adult Fiction
– Adult Nonfiction (including business and memoir)
– Kidlit (includes Picture/Children’s/Middle Grade/YA Books)
– PoetryEntries may have been self-published or not-yet-published but not traditionally published. Entries can be up to 1500 words in length (or less, but not more) and should be the first 1500 words of a novel or book, an essay, article, novella, short story, novelette, etc. For Poetry entries, you may submit up to three poems at a time in one document, as long as their total COMBINED word count is at 1500 or less. They will be judged individually.Grand Prize: A registration to the 2025 San Francisco Writers Conference.*Four Category Winners will receive a 2025 Summit Registration of their choice or an equivalent discount to the main conference.**Winners and finalists in each category receive publication of their entry in the 2024 SFWC Writing Contest Anthology.
https://www.sfwriters.org/2024-writing-contest-overview/


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.
http://www.hotdishmagazine.com/submit.html


SEJONG CULTURAL SOCIETY

The 2024 Writing Competition – Deadline: February 29, 2024 (11:59pm CDT) –
Essay category – Focusing on introducing students and young adults to Korean culture and history through literature, our essay category utilizes folk tales and contemporary literature to explore Korean culture, past and present.
https://sejongculturalsociety.org/writing/current/index.php


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
    http://www.hotdishmagazine.com/submit.html
  • 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 – CLOSED  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).
    https://lumierereview.com/contest.

TAMPA BAY TIMES

An Annual Writing Contest For Tampa Bay Area High Schools – he Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Award seeks to nurture and recognize the creativity and talent of young writers in the Tampa Bay area. It was established to encourage aspiring authors to explore the genres of science fiction and fantasy and to experiment with the short story format.  Entries are judged by a panel of experts including professional fantasy and science fiction authors and Tampa Bay Times staff.
https://clients.tampabay.com/2024/writing-contest/home/index.html


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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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.
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Contest opened May 1st, 2024 and Mirror World Publishing will be accepting submissions until the end of May.   Mirrow World Publishing is looking for: Short stories and novellas ranging between 5000 to 25,000 words that are science fiction, fantasy, adventure, time travel, romance, or some combination of the above that focus on a theme of love against the odds. This includes love in dangerous places and times, love between diverse or marginalized populations, love in unlikely or unusual circumstances.  Deadline: May 31, 2024.
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