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.


August
Disguised
Write a story where one of the characters is in a disguise.
Deadline: Today!
5-7-5 A Flower
Write a 5-7-5 about ONE type of flower.
Plural is OK.
Deadline: Today!
Dialogue Only Prompt
Write a story using only dialogue. No narration, descriptions, or sentence tags. Maximum word count: 1,000
Deadline: Today!
haiku suite -favorite painter
Write THREE separate haikus on the subject of your favorite painter and what makes him/her so special, each consisting of 17 syllables or less, and each written in three lines. That is a total of NINE lines split into three haiku.

-title: Haiku suite (name of the painter)
-two lines of grammatically interconnected concrete imagery
-a satori ('ah-ha' moment)
may be 1st or 3rd line
-personification allowed
-short/long/short format
-avoid alliteration
-no punctuation or capitalization (except proper nouns or hyphenated words)
-no artwork or sound effects
-no author's notes
-no end line rhymes
Deadline: Today!
Not funny but funny
Write a humorous or silly poem about something you dislike. Any style of poetry is welcomed. Length is up to you. See announcement for ideas.
Deadline: Today!
Embarrassing But True
Describe a time when you were embarrassed, (i.e. the butt of a joke, an honest mistake, etc...). This is non-fiction and prose only. Artwork okay, but not necessary. Keep it clean!
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Romantic story
Story about Romantic gesture main character show to their lover either to confess feeling, celebrate bithday or anniversary or to propose
Deadline: Tomorrow!


September
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: In 2 Days
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
Write A Modern Fable
Write a short fable-like story where the last sentence starts with: "And the moral of the story is". This can be on any subject, true or fictional, and can be in any voice, as long as the moral is stated in the last line. A new twist on an old fable is also allowed. Be creative and have fun! Maximum word count: 300
Deadline: In 2 Days
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
Cacophony Poem
Write a Cacophony poem of between four and 12 lines. This type of poetry uses harsh, discordant, and jarring words, to make the reader imagine noise. Any subject, but keep it clean.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Lune Poetry Contest
A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Write a Sonnet
Write a sonnet of non-romantic nature
Deadline: In 4 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 6 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
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. This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
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
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! Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Sep 28th


October
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? This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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


November
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
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


December
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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


January
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. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
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


February
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). The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
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." This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
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. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
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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