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Joan D'arc

Saint Joan was burnt at the stake in 1431. She was a warrior and soldier who became possessed by God and three Archangels to change the circumstances of war. She was obsessive and overpowering. Deadline: Today!

Rondelet

Write a rondelet.

The Rondelet is a French form consisting of a single septet with two rhymes and one refrain: AbAabbA. The capital letters are the refrains, or repeats. The refrain is written in tetra-syllabic or dimeter and the other lines are twice as long - octasyllabic or tetrameter.

Example:

Happy Am I!

Happy am I!
For I have found a friend in you. ...


Pucker Up!

Write a review of Gone With the Wind from any POV...humorous, serious or delirious...










































Last Words

You're cleaning out your attic and stumble across an old photo of someone you don't recognize, hugging your mom. When you ask her about it she becomes very upset and runs out of the room.


Deadly Sins

Write a poem that involves one of the seven deadly sins


Watching the Script

Write a script that makes your readers feel as if they are watching a movie or play, not just reading it.


All Contests


Too Far

Write a story with topic: This time her boss had gone too far. Deadline: In 2 Days

The Dark

Write a story where your character is stuck in complete darkness. Deadline: In 2 Days

Worst Nightmare

Write a poem or story about your worst nightmare. If submitting a poem change the type to poem on the submission page. Deadline: In 2 Days

What if?

What if there really was gold at the end of the rainbow? Deadline: In 2 Days

Fate

Write a story that includes this sentence somewhere in the story: I never believed in fate until that day. Deadline: In 3 Days

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? Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: In 4 Days

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash Prize. Deadline: Next Week.

Break the Bank! Epic poem contest

Write a fictional epic poem of a great conflict. Minimum 100 lines to a maximum of 200 lines. Must rhyme, in quatrains, see rhyme schemes below. No free verse. Deadline: Next Week.

Halloween story for youngsters

Write a ghost story of less than 2000 words that can be read aloud to children ages 6 to 12 during the Halloween season. Language must be age appropriate, but the choice of topic is up to the writer.
SUGGESTION: Polish it and correct it based upon the critiques from FanStory and give it to an elementary school teacher you may know, or offer to read it to a class yourself.
Deadline: Sep 29th

Sudden Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses around 750 words. Cash Prize. Deadline: Sep 30th

Countries of the World

A story or essay about a country you have never visited. Deadline: Sep 30th

romantic dinner

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Deadline: Sep 30th

American Were woman

Write a story about a guy who deserves or doesn't deserve to be curse to change at the light of the full moon into a woman.... Deadline: Sep 30th

Lyrics Make The Song Contest

The Brett Matthew West Lyrics Make the Song Contest is the only songwriting contest on FanStory.

Must be song lyrics only.

ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER FORM OF POETRY PERMITTED FOR THIS CONTEST! Deadline: Oct 1st

ABAB Poetry Contest

Write a ABAB poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details. Cash Prize. Deadline: Oct 4th

Words Only Poem

This is a poetry contest. Words only. All entries in default font and background in basic editor. No artwork, music or attachments. All entries will look identical except for the words themselves. Deadline: Oct 4th

Katauta Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has three lines and a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. The poem must address a lover. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Oct 9th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Oct 14th

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Oct 19th

Love Poem Poetry Contest

Write a love poem. All forms of poetry accepted. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be humorous or serious. The choice is yours. But it must clearly be a love poem. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Oct 22nd

Nonet Poetry Contest

Write a nine line poem for this poetry contest. But you must count syllables. The first line of your poem will have 9 syllables. The second line has 8 syllables and the 7th line has seven. This continues until your final line which has one syllable. This contest has a cash prize. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Oct 24th

Combination Poem

Write a poem, rhyming or non-rhyming, your choice, incorporating two established forms of poetry in one poem. E.G., haiku and loop, etheree and acrostic. Deadline: Oct 30th

What If?

For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if you (or your character - does not have to be first person) you were completely alone. No other human is reachable. How did you find yourself in this situation and what happens? Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Oct 31st

Short Poem

For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 20 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose and choose the word count. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 20 syllables total. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Nov 3rd

Book It!

Write a new book in three months. Deadline: Nov 7th

Six Word Poetry Contest

Write a poem using six words about any subject. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Nov 7th

Romance Writing Contest

Write a story the brings two people together, two people who don't necessarily realize that they belong together but the audience is rooting for them. No length requirements. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Nov 11th

David and Goliath theme poem

Write a poem of a somewhat vulnerable character against a powerful character - in the vein of David vs Goliath. However, please do not submit an actual David and Goliath poem. Come up with some new mismatch. Since it would be too easy to have the powerful one squash the underdog, the little guy has to win in the end. Deadline: Nov 12th

Loop Poetry Contest

A fun poetry type that requires you to use the last word of each sentence as the starting word of the next sentence. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Nov 15th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Nov 20th

Cinquain Poetry

Write an "Cinquain" poem for this contest. A cinquain poem is a poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Nov 24th

Dating romance

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Deadline: Nov 30th

One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Nov 30th

2-4-2 Poetry

Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line has 2 syllables again. The subject can be anything. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Dec 3rd

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. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Dec 6th

This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: Did you hear that? Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Dec 8th

Minute

Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Dec 12th

Share 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! Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Dec 16th

Four Line Poem

Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line has 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Dec 20th

Christmas Story

Share a story that somehow includes Christmas. All writing welcomed including fiction and non-fiction. No poetry. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 - 3,500 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Dec 25th

Christmas Poetry

Share a poem about Christmas. It can be the lights, shopping, a child opening a gift - whatever you feel best represents this day. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Dec 25th

Horror Story Writing Contest

Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Dec 29th

Marriage Proposal

The story does not have to be specifically about marriage proposal. But contest voters will be asked to consider the subject when making a choice for a winner.

Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 7,000 words. Recommended length 2,000 - 3,500 words. Deadline: Dec 31st

Wedding

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Deadline: Dec 31st

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 3rd

Antonym Poetry Contest

Write a poem with the following format. 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 of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and short. Cash Prize. Deadline: Jan 5th

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Jan 8th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Jan 13th

Flash Fiction - A Secret

Write a flash fiction story where a character has a secret that somehow influences the story. The secret does not have to be revealed. Maximum length 500 words. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Jan 17th

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 to the winner. Deadline: Jan 20th

True Story Contest

Share a true story from your life. Write a story that shares a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. Use at least 100 words. No poetry. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Jan 25th

Lanturne Poetry

Write a five line poem. The syllable count is one, two, three, four, one. So the first line has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. Center your poem and this will usually result in a poem that looks like a lantern which is where the name of this poem comes from. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 30th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Feb 3rd

5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Feb 7th

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. Deadline: Feb 11th

Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Feb 18th

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 to the winner. Deadline: Feb 22nd

100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Feb 26th