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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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Today!

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One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash Prize. Deadline: In 6 Days

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. Cash prize to the winner. 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. Cash Prize. Deadline: Dec 6th

This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: Did you hear that? The winner takes away a 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. Cash prize to the winner. 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. 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. Cash prize to the winner. 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. 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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Dec 29th

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. 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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 5th

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Enter for your chance at the 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. Cash prize to the winner. 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. The winner takes away a cash prize. 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. 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. Cash Prize. Deadline: Feb 3rd

5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. This contest has 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. Enter for your chance at the 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. Cash prize to the winner. 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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. 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

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: Mar 3rd

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Mar 5th

Rhyming 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 to the winner. Deadline: Mar 9th

75 Words Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that uses 75 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using exactly 75 words. The title does not count towards the word count. Online word processor is an estimate only. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Mar 10th

3 Line Poem

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. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Mar 15th

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. Deadline: Mar 17th

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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Mar 20th

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. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Mar 23rd

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Apr 4th

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. Cash Prize. Deadline: Apr 5th

Six Word Poetry Contest

Write a poem using six words about any subject. Cash Prize. Deadline: Apr 8th

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

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. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Apr 17th

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. Deadline: Apr 20th


Not all contests have cash prizes. You can also enter contests for fun. These contests below have a member dollar prize pool. You can use the winnings from these contests to get more feedback for your writing.

Contests With Today As A Deadline

Presidents Hanging Out

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Reserve a spot if you plan to enter. Deadline is today.

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.... Reserve a spot if you plan to enter. Deadline is today.

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: In 2 Days

Urban Legends

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

No Poetry! Only writing and images are acceptable for this contest... Deadline: In 3 Days

Urban legend...or is it?

Write a poem of more than six stanzas, rhyming or free verse, about an Urban Legend Horror, such as Bloody Mary or the Hitchhiker. Or maybe you are terrified by one you have heard is true... Deadline: In 6 Days

Dating romance

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Deadline: In 6 Days

Lyrics Make The Song

MUST BE SONG LYRICS ONLY.

NO OTHER FORM OF POETRY ALLOWED FOR THIS CONTEST.

NO MUSIC, SOUND EFFECTS, OR OTHER ENHANCEMENTS PERMITTED. Deadline: In 6 Days

A Furry Tale

Re-write, re-imagine, or completely mangle a fairy tale of your choosing. Update, dress down, time shift... anything goes - except it must feature at least one talking animal as a main character. Minimum 750 words. Prose Fiction Only. No Poetry. Deadline: Dec 5th

Book It!

Write a new book in three months. Deadline: Dec 5th

Rewrite That Ad!

Is there an ad or commercial that really annoys you? Please re-write it as a humorous one act play that brings out the fallacies of the marketing ploys. It's optional to add a YouTube video of the actual ad/commercial. Deadline: Dec 7th

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: Mar 31st

Harry Potter AU

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