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.


Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: In 4 Days


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!
Writing Prompt Contest
Surprise! 80 Words or Less
Write a complete story in 80 words or less.

The theme is 'Surprise.'

You may incorporate this theme into the story any way you wish, but it must somehow relate to the topic.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
haiku - any subject
write a haiku about any subject

- 3 lines in a short/long/short count in 17 syllables or less

- two grammatic-interconnected lines of concrete imagery; one fragment (the satori) line; all in present tense

- a kigo (seasonal reference)

- no punctuation and capitalisation for proper names only

- haiku do not have titles. but for this contest, the posted title must be: first line of poem


*NO....
....rhyme (at all)
....author's notes
....personification
....pictures/artwork/music/readings/etc. the haiku must stand alone.
....gerunds (a verb functioning as a noun with an -ing ending)
Deadline: Today!
What If?
For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character discovered he or she had a superpower. What is the superpower and what happens after the discovery. The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Nuances of Noise
Write a Cacophony Poem
Deadline: Aug 9th
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. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 10th
I suggest these changes...
A non-fiction piece describing changes you suggest to improve Fanstory.
Deadline: Aug 12th
Fan Story
We all have favourite characters and books. Something instilled a love of writing in us. Let's do them justice, in our own style. Take a character, or place and let your imagination take the reigns!

PROSE FICTION ONLY. Minimum 700 words

A quick not
Deadline: Aug 12th
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: Aug 13th
My Colour Is ...
A poem about one colour, or one shade of one colour. Fact or fiction with your colour as the main theme. Words or background must be coloured according to theme.
Deadline: Aug 14th
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: Aug 16th
Share the joy!
This is a topic based contest. Write a story or haibun on what makes you happy and how would you spread the joy?
Deadline: Aug 20th
New Arrival 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: Aug 20th
Nature Haiku
Write a traditional haiku about nature. The rules are strict, but this should yield some superb haiku. Please note the contest rules. If you have any questions, please contact the contest sponsor.
Deadline: Aug 21st
Write a Kyrielle Sonnet
See the form description and example on the contest announcement.
Deadline: Aug 22nd
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: Aug 26th
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: Aug 27th
Romantic story
Story about Romantic gesture main character show to their lover either to confess feeling, celebrate bithday or anniversary or to propose
Deadline: Aug 31st


Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 1st
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: Sep 2nd
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
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
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


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
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" The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 27th
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
Thoughts about God.
Write a poem/psalm about your feelings toward God. Any type of poem or psalm is ok. It can be about any kind of feelings you have toward God. That includes the good, bad and ugly.
Deadline: Nov 17th
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. 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 This poetry contest has a cash prize.
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. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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





Write a poem for our What If?.




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 New Arrival Contest. A contest created for new writers to the site.




Challenge yourself for our ABC Poetry Contest.




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.




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