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. Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Parenthood: An indelible memory
Describe a memory, a lesson taught or learned, or a moment shared that will stay with both parent and child forever.

Prose only. No minimum or maximun word count.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Humorous 5-7-5
Write a humorous 5-7-5.
Just make us laugh in 5-7-5 format.


Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
NON-BAWDY SENRYU
WRITE A SENRYU
WITHOUT USING BAWDY OR SCATOLOGICAL HUMOR.

("Scatological" means "preoccupation with excrement or obscenity.")

3 lines
17 OR FEWER syllables
Must use satire or irony
No end rhymes
Deadline: Today!
Story of the Month
Each month a vote determines the Story of the Month. All stories posted during the month are automatically considered.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
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: In 3 Days
Mercy said No.
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

Write a story that somehow incorporates this topic:
"Light and dark stood face to face. darkness tried to steal my heart away. But Mercy said No!"


Deadline: In 6 Days
Old Keys
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on old keys someone either owns or finds which can open old doors. Can't be new doors; they have to be old doors at any location, like an old house, a house lived in with old doors, barn doors that are old, old plane doors, just old doors in general...Tell the reader what's on the other side. The door can open up to anything, for example, a garden, a castle, an old pirate ship...or something you're familiar with like the kitchen of your grandma's house when she was still alive.... a surprise...just anything... have fun with it.....
Deadline: Feb 8th
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: Feb 9th
A Horror Sonnet
Write a horror sonnet
Deadline: Feb 10th
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
Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: Feb 12th
Spanish Train
Be inspired. Create a story using the given piece for inspiration. The more creative the better!
Deadline: Feb 13th
Birthday Bang III
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Feb 14th
Battlefield
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Feb 14th
Valentines Poetry
Write a romantic poem for this contest. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Feb 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: Feb 16th
Valentines Writing Contest
For this contest we are looking for stories with the topic of romance. Creative approaches welcomed. Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Feb 17th
Poetry and Prose-Finally Together
Write a piece on any topic in any style that incorporates prose and poetry.
Deadline: Feb 18th
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? Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Feb 18th
Verily, the Simile shall Smile
Your poem, story or essay can be of any genre, and style? but let?s limit the word count to 3,000 :) You do NOT have to include an actual simile in your poem (I just needed a funky title!) Just write about two normally unconnected objects.
Deadline: Feb 21st
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 25th
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: Feb 26th


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: Mar 1st
This Sentence Starts The Story
For this writing contest write a story that starts with this sentence: "The silence, filled with hope, was shattered by ____" This writing contest rewards a cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Mar 3rd
Pantoum
Write a pantoum poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific format. A pantoum is a poem that is made up of quatrains. See an example in the announcement. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Mar 9th
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: Mar 15th
Trapped
Write a story about someone that is somehow trapped. Do they get out of the trap? Or not? What happens and to what lengths will they go to make things better? Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Mar 21st
What If?
For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character awoke and found that they were sometime in the past. Can be the recent past or a distant past. The winner of this writing contest will take away a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 28th
Minute
Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 28th


Butterfly In The Sky VI
This is where you can write an erotic chapter, story or novel!
Deadline: Apr 2nd
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. Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Apr 6th
A Poem About This
Write a poem based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Apr 13th
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: Apr 20th
Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: Apr 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 "Worry" Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: May 1st
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: May 7th
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. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 14th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Cash prize for the winner of this writing contest.
Deadline: May 21st
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: May 28th
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: May 28th
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: May 28th
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: May 28th
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: May 28th
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: May 28th


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: Jun 5th
Triolet Poetry Contest
Write a Triolet poem for this contest. A triolet is a poem of only eight lines with a rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details. This poetry contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 11th
New Arrival 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: Jun 17th





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




Make your own rules for our Free Verse Poetry Contest.




Write a romantic poem for our Valentines Poetry.




Write a romantic story for our Valentines Writing Contest.




For our This Sentence Starts The Story contest you are challenged to write a story that starts with the sentence we provide.




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




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




Write a poem that somehow incorporates this image for our A Poem About This contest.




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




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.




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




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.




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




Challenge yourself for our ABC Poetry Contest.




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




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 New Arrival Poetry. A contest specifically for new writers to the site.




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