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Poetry Contest Listing


Write About This
Write About ThisWrite a short story, essay or non-fiction work that somehow includes the image pictured. The image must somehow be part of your writing but you can share the feelings or thoughts that you feel are shown in the image. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Last Man On Earth
Write a story that starts like this: The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
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.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Honesty is the best Policy
Please write a 100 words story on the topic of Honesty.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Ocean haiku
Write a haiku concerning oceanic phenomena.
-17 syllables or less
-two grammatically interconnected lines of concrete imagery
-a satori (a moment of insight)
-personification allowed
-no author's notes
-no special effects whatsoever
-use fanstory's basic or advanced editor
-two color presentation (one for text, one for background)
-one illustration
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
5-7-5 city limits
Write a 5-7-5 poem on the topic of city.
-no author's notes
-no special effects whatsoever
-use fanstory's basic or advanced editor
-two color presentation (one for text, one for background)
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Lost - Flash Fiction
Write a flash fiction story under 500 words about being lost
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Ghost Story
Write a Ghost Story. No limit on the word count.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Technology wars
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 3 Days
My Final Words
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: In 3 Days
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." Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: In 5 Days
Kissing
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 5 Days


Lyrics Make The Song Contest
The only contest on FanStory solely devoted to lyric writers has received tremendous response in the two months I have run it. Therefore, I have renewed this contest once again. ENJOY!
Deadline: In 6 Days
winning the lottery
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement. winning the lottery
Deadline: In 6 Days
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 contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 3rd
Minute
Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 5th
Everyday heroes in our lives
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Jul 5th
sports
Write a poem based in any way on sports. Any sport, any level of activity.
Deadline: Jul 6th
Write a Crown of Heroic Sonnets
The topic of this contest is to write a Crown of Heroic Sonnets. Refer to the contest description for rules and example.
Deadline: Jul 7th
The Call
Your main character receives a call from someone they haven't heard from in a long time. It's a call they never thought they'd receive... the rest is up to you. Any genre is fine but this is for PROSE FICTION ONLY. Minimum 600 words. Maximum 1000 words. Be as creative as you can...
Deadline: Jul 7th
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! A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 10th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 15th
Freestyle:Poetry: Truth and Honesty
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Jul 17th
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 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 20th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 25th
3 Line Poem
Write a three-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 30th


Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 3rd
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 7th
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 winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Aug 11th
Character
A character can make a story. Write a story that is based on the scene pictured in this announcement. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 15th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 19th
True Story
Share a memory from your life. Share 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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 23rd
Lanturne Poetry
Write a five line poem. The syllable count is one, two, three, four, one. So the first lin has one syllable, the second line has two, the third line has three syllables, fourth has four and the final line has one. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 27th
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: Aug 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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Aug 31st


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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 3rd
Nove Otto Poem
Write a poem with nine lines. Each line should have 8 syllables. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 7th
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 12th
100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 17th
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 22nd
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Sep 27th
Sudden Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 750 words. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 30th


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. This contest has a cash prize.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 14th
Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 19th
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 winning poetry entry.
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
What If?
What IfFor this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if you were the only human that exists? Write for a cash prize.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Nov 3rd
Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Nov 11th
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. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Nov 24th
One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This contest has a cash prize.
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 2 syllables. The subject can be anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 3rd



This contest is for new members at FanStory.com. Read the Newbie Writing Contest contest. Only for new writers to the site.


Write a horror story for the Horror Story Writing Contest.


A free verse poetry contest. Read the Free Verse Poetry Contest contest announcement.


Share a poem that is somehow about faith for the Faith Poetry Contest.


You only have 19 syllables and three lines to share a message. Learn more about the Tanka Poetry Contest announcement.


Write a story but present it as a poem. Read about the Share A Story In A Poem announcement.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the 100 Word Flash Fiction page.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the Sudden Flash Fiction page.


Write a poem where every word counts for this Nonet Poetry Contest.


This poetry type is fun to write and can be a challenge. Read the Loop Poetry Contest announcement.


This alphabet poem type has a unique format. Learn more about the ABC Poetry Contest.


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