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Poetry Contest Listing


Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Today!
I Am Not Your Creation
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
The time of my life:
Write a short story. The topic is: The best time you ever had in your life. It can be as an adult or as a child. Please keep it clean. Minimum length 100 words. Maximum Length 4,000 words.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
The Enjoyment of Eating!
The enjoyment of eating! Yes, the contest entries can be about eating enjoyment, but they can also be about enjoyable times that happened while eating. Topic does not have to be addressed directly, but must be incorporated into piece. Readers should be able to laugh at the entries! Any type of submission, poetry, non-fiction, fiction, etc., is welcome. Works must be 300 words or less. Word count must be listed in author's notes.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
What Makes Me Happy
Write a RHYMED poem, minimum three stanzas long, on what makes you happy. Any rhyme scheme, any style - from a sonnet to a quatrain. NO FREE VERSE.
Deadline: Today!
9-1-1 Contest
Write a poem using a 9,1,1, syllable count that relates to a well-known disaster or tragic event in history.
Deadline: In 2 Days
TV Pilot
From 36 to 60 pages, 12 pt, best done with final draft, celtx or even MS word templates. TV scripts focus on character relationships and start off with a compelling 10 pg teaser.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Romance
Poetry and love have been synonymous since poetry was first invented. Your acrostic poem should relate to this subject. An acrostic is a poem which spells out a word or idea. Sometimes what it spells out is the the title of the poem itself. Usually the first letter of each line spells out this key word.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Napo Poem - National Poetry Month
It's national poetry month so we are challenging all poets to try a Napo poem. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Love You? HAHAHA!
Write a poem in any style about a terrible love experience.
Deadline: In 5 Days
What If?
What IfFor this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if you were hiking and heard screaming from a distance. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: In 6 Days


Loop Poetry Contest
A challenging 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: May 3rd
Poem of length
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
It must be a poem of length (at least 14 stanzas, more encouraged!) and about a real person alive or dead. Rhyme or Free verse.
Deadline: May 8th
Song-title poem
SongTitlepoem rhyming or not, your choice, any style, any subject
Deadline: May 8th
Sudden Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 750 words. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: May 8th
Erotic Horror
You will need to bring together the concepts of HORROR and EROTICA.
No profanities please.
Deadline: May 12th
Etheree Poetry
The Etheree poem has 10 lines with a specific syllable count. The first line in your poem has one syllable. The second line has two. The third line has three. The 10th line has 10 syllables. This poetry contest has a cash prize. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 13th
Forge a Poem
Forge a poem that regards blacksmiths, smithing, or both. May be a modern setting, ancient setting, or fantasy. Rhyming poems only. Must be at least 16 lines, and a minimum of 6 syllables per line.
Deadline: May 17th
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 23rd
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. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: May 28th


Unexpected Romance
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. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 1st
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 winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jun 3rd
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 6th
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: Jun 11th
Write A Screenplay
A screenplay can be bring a scene alive with just a little direction and words. Now is your chance to write a screenplay. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 15th
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 syllable. The subject can be anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 20th
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. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 25th
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: Jun 30th
Kissing
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jun 30th


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." Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jul 5th
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! Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 10th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 15th
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. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 25th
3 Line Poem
Write a three-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. This contest has a cash prize.
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. This contest has a cash prize.
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 11th
Character
A character can make a story. Write a story that is based on the scene pictured in this announcement. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
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. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
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
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 the poetry contest winner.
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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Sep 3rd
Nove Otto Poem
Write a poem with nine lines. Each line should have 8 syllables. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. Write for a cash prize.
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? This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 22nd


Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Oct 19th



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


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.


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