Writing Contests

We have an exciting poetry and writing contest lineup. The writing contests shown in bold offer cash prizes. All other contests were created by site members and offer a friendly competition for member dollar prize pools.


Story of the Month
Each month a vote determines the Story of the Month. All stories posted during the month are automatically considered.
Deadline: Today!
Lune Poetry Contest
A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
haiku - autumn
Write a haiku on the subject of autumn

1) written in present tense
2) title must read, 'haiku (1st line of the haiku)'
3) only TWO words in haiku may start with the same letter ('as/and/the' don't count)
4) no punctuation except for proper nouns or hyphenated words
5) two lines of inter-connected and grammatically flowing imagery (written as ONE sentence over two lines), plus a satori line ('ah-ha' moment). Satori may be 1st or 3rd line
6) Personification is welcome but not necessary
7) haiku must be in 'short/long/short' format
8) NO artwork or sound effects allowed
9) NO 'author notes' allowed
10) NO end line rhymes
Deadline: Today!
Write a Sonnet
Write a sonnet of non-romantic nature
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
I Believe
Write a story or essay that begins with the sentence: I believe _______ (finish the sentence). Maximum word count: 1,000.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
The Roaring Twenties
Write a poem of any length on "The Roaring Twenties".
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Short and Colorful
Write a poem which incorporates at least two colors. The idea is to use colors to infer meaning. Poem may be rhyming or not.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Double Acrostic
Write a double acrostic, meaning that the first
word and the last word of each line will start
with the same letter.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
One Secret, A Shackle and Burgundy
Hello,

Please write a Mystery and Crime script based off the following criteria:

A secret between two individuals

A shackle used at some point

And the color Burgundy

(A picture used for your script is highly encouraged. 600 words max)

Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Disco Inferno Poem
For all of you disco fans... Write a poem of any form or style in appreciation of the disco era. Burn baby, burn!
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
oopsie daisy
You are standing in a field of daisies and then all of a sudden, something happens.What?

Please write a short (700 words max) script of any style you like.

A picture to help illustrate your piece is encouraged.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Earthquake
There are so many earthquakes in the world, write a poem about earthquakes.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Quatern poetry
Quatern poetry has four stanzas. Each line must have eight syllables only. The first line is repeated in the second line second stanza, third line third stanza, fourth line fourth stanza.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Kidnapped!
You are challenged to write a story about a kidnapping. Maximum word count is 500 words.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
She didn't lock her door
Write a poem or short story beginning with the words 'She didn't lock her door...' This may stand alone or be a part of a sentence. Maximum word count: 1,000.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Blank Verse Poetry Contest
Write a blank verse poem for this contest. A blank verse poem is written without rhymes. It does have a set metrical pattern. See the details in the announcement. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Sep 9th
"A" through "Z"
An ABC poem with each line starting with "A" and ending with "Z", 26 line in all, with a one sentence structure; (1 continuous piece) each line having a maximum of 4 syllables. On line 27 after the poem show "word count"
Deadline: Sep 11th
Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Sep 15th
Poem of the Month
Each month one poem is selected to be the Poem of the Month. A public vote determines the winner. All poems posted during the month are automatically considered.
Deadline: Sep 16th
Bow your heads
Write a story of any type. The only requirement is at some point someone must say: "And now bow your heads." You may continue the sentence if you prefer. But the sentence must start with those five words. The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 16th
Haunted Manor
Write a fictional story (no poetry) where your main character stays at/lives in a supposedly haunted manor house or castle, not a regular house. Show us what happens thru character's point of view.
Deadline: Sep 17th
SHAPE POETRY
Writers are challenged to write a poem that takes on the shape of its subject.
See announcement for information and examples.
Deadline: Sep 18th
Ghost
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Sep 23rd
Book of the Month
Each month one book chapter is selected to be the Book of the Month. A public vote determines the winner. All books posted during the month are automatically considered for this contest.
Deadline: Sep 26th
What's Your Story
A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life. But you can write about life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Write a piece of your life! The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 28th


Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Oct 1st
Romantic story
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 2nd
Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 2nd
5-7-5 Poetry Contest
For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Oct 8th
Tanka Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry with a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 14th
Antonym Poetry Contest
Write a four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym (opposite meaning) of the word on the first line. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Oct 20th
Butterfly in the Sky VIII
Short story, chapter or Novel written. No minimum or maximum word length. Have fun and write to your heart's content!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deadline: Oct 26th
Flash Fiction Writing Contest
In this flash fiction contest we are challenging writers to write a flash fiction piece that is between 500 and 800 words on the topic provided. The topic is "fear" Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Oct 27th
Oh Mummy You Didn't - 3
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 31st
Soulmate
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 31st


Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Nov 3rd
Acrostic Poetry Contest
Write an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. View an example in the announcement. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Nov 23rd
Faith Poetry Contest
The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Nov 29th


Palindrome Poetry
A palindrome is a word (or sentence) that reads the same backwards as forward. So "Madam" is a palindrome. For a palindrome poem you incorporate it into your poem but do so with the sentences. See an example in the announcement. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 6th
Acrostic Newbie Poetry
Write an acrostic poem for this contest for new members to the site. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. View an example in the announcement. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Dec 13th
Share A Story In A Poem
In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. We've included examples of this type of poetry storytelling in the announcement. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 20th
Haiku Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines?ui Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Dec 23rd


2-4-2 Poetry
Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllable, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllable. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 5th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 10th
Etheree Poetry
The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 16th
Tombstone Poetry
Write a poem to be placed on a tombstone. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 21st
Love Poem Poetry Contest
Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be a humorous or a serious love poem. The choice is yours. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 27th


What If?
For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character won the lottery. The catch - the lottery can not be anything positive (like winning money). This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Feb 5th
Free Verse Poetry Contest
Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Feb 11th
Non-Fiction Writing Contest
We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction. It can be spiritual, political, or funny. Creative approaches welcomed. The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 16th
Newbie Writing Contest
For our New Arrival "This Sentence Starts The Story" contest we challenge you to write a story that starts with this sentence: "Hell found me." Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Feb 20th
ABC Poetry Contest
For this contest you are challenged to write a ABC poem. ABC poetry has five lines and often is used to express feelings. See the announcement for an example. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Feb 22nd





Write a story that uses this image for our Ghost




Write about your life or a part of your life for the contest What's Your Story




Write a story that uses this image for our Write About This




For our 5-7-5 Poetry Contest you've got a tight deadline. This contest is free to enter for new members to FanStory.com.




Write a poem with a specific format for our Tanka Poetry Contest.




The challenge of flash fiction is to tell a complete story in which every word is absolutely essential. Write a story with a specific word count for our Flash Fiction Writing Contest.




Put your reader on the edge of their seat for our Horror Story Writing Contest.




Write an acrostic poem for this contest. Read the announcement for an example of this type of poem.




Write a poem that incorporates the topic of faith for our Faith Poetry Contest.




Write a poem that follows the format specified in the announcement for our Acrostic Newbie Poetry. A contest specifically for new writers to the site.




Write a poem that tells a story for our Share A Story In A Poem contest.




Write a poem with only a few words for our Etheree Poetry poetry contest.




Make your own rules for our Free Verse Poetry Contest.




Write a non-fiction story or essay for our Non-Fiction Writing Contest.




Write a story that starts with the sentence provided for our Newbie Writing Contest. A contest created for new writers to the site.




Challenge yourself for our ABC Poetry Contest.




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