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Poetry Contests


Writing Prompt Contest
Uplifting Poetry!
Can you write a poem that cheers lonely hearts, soothes tired brains, inspires the soul. Any style, any length.
Deadline: Today!
Poet or Author Acrostic
An Acrostic using a poet/author name
Minimum seven letters
Any writer from 1343 on
Whole acrostic and each letter can be one sentence or a combination of multiple sentences and phrases
Be creative

Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
Disco Inferno Poem
For all of you disco fans... Write a poem of any form or style in appreciation of the disco era. Burn baby, burn!
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. Be creative and have fun! Maximum word count: 300
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
haiku suite - the city
Writing Prompt
Please write THREE separate city haiku, each consisting of seventeen syllables or less, and each written in three lines. That's a total of NINE lines, split into three haiku.

1) written in present tense
2) title must read, 'haiku suite (1st line of the FIRST haiku)'
3) only TWO words in EACH haiku may start with the same letter ('as/and/the' don't count) (you may use for example two words with the same letter and two other words with the same letter)
4) no punctuation except for proper nouns or hyphenated words
5) two lines of inter-connected and grammatically flowing imagery (written as ONE sentence over two lines), plus a satori line ('ah-ha' moment). Satori may be 1st or 3rd line
6) Personification is welcome but not necessary
7) each haiku must be in 'short/long/short' format, with the middle line having more syllables than each of the other two - '5-7-5, 4-6-4, 3-5-4' as examples. Each haiku may have a different syllable count
8) NO artwork or sound effects allowed
9) NO 'author notes' allowed
10) NO 'gerunds' ('ing'-ending words) allowed
11) NO end line rhymes
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Imaginary Menageries
Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager managing an imaginary menagerie...

Write a poem about a zoo, the animals, the keeper, or the visitors. It can be rhymed or free verse.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Disguised
Write a story where one of the characters is in a disguise.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Dialogue Only Prompt
Write a story using only dialogue. No narration, descriptions, or sentence tags. Maximum word count: 1,000
Deadline: In 2 Days
Embarrassing But True
Describe a time when you were embarrassed, (i.e. the butt of a joke, an honest mistake, etc...). This is non-fiction and prose only. Artwork okay, but not necessary. Keep it clean!
Deadline: In 3 Days
Romantic story
Story about Romantic gesture main character show to their lover either to confess feeling, celebrate bithday or anniversary or to propose
Deadline: In 3 Days


Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: In 4 Days
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: In 5 Days
Write a Sonnet
Write a sonnet of non-romantic nature
Deadline: In 6 Days
Quatern poetry
Quatern poetry has four stanzas. Each line must have eight syllables only. The first line is repeated in the second line second stanza, third line third stanza, fourth line fourth stanza.
Deadline: Sep 5th
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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 9th
"A" through "Z"
An ABC poem with each line starting with "A" and ending with "Z", 26 line in all, with a one sentence structure; (1 continuous piece) each line having a maximum of 4 syllables. On line 27 after the poem show "word count"
Deadline: Sep 11th
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. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 16th
Haunted Manor
Write a fictional story (no poetry) where your main character stays at/lives in a supposedly haunted manor house or castle, not a regular house. Show us what happens thru character's point of view.
Deadline: Sep 17th
SHAPE POETRY
Writers are challenged to write a poem that takes on the shape of its subject.
See announcement for information and examples.
Deadline: Sep 18th
Ghost
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 23rd
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! Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 28th


Romantic story
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 2nd
Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 2nd
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 writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 8th
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 writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 14th
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 for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Oct 20th
Butterfly in the Sky VIII
Short story, chapter or Novel written. No minimum or maximum word length. Have fun and write to your heart's content!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Deadline: Oct 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 "fear" Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Oct 27th
Oh Mummy You Didn't - 3
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 31st
Soulmate
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 31st


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: Nov 3rd
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: Nov 23rd
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: Nov 29th


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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 6th
Acrostic Newbie 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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 13th
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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 20th
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?ui Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Dec 23rd


2-4-2 Poetry
Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllable, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllable. The subject can be anything. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 5th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 10th
Etheree Poetry
The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 16th
Tombstone Poetry
Write a poem to be placed on a tombstone. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 21st
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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 27th


What If?
For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character won the lottery. The catch - the lottery can not be anything positive (like winning money). A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 5th
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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 11th
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: Feb 16th
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 a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 20th



Write a story that uses this image for our Ghost contest.


Write a story that uses this image for our Write About This contest.




Don't miss this contest. It is free to enter. Has a tight deadline. And a cash prize. View our 5-7-5 Poetry Contest contest.


What can you do with just 19 syllables - and 3 lines. A Senryu provides a unique change. Read about the Tanka Poetry Contestpoetry contest announcement.


You have to write a short story. A really short story. Read the Flash Fiction Writing Contest page.


Our horror competition challenges you to thrill your reads. Read about the Horror Story Writing Contest.


The acrostic poem is fun to write and has a unique challenge. Write a poem that also spells out a word. Read the announcement for an example of an acrostic poem.


Share your faith or thoughts about faith for the Faith Poetry Contest.


A invitation for new poets to FanStory.com. Read about the Acrostic Newbie Poetry contest.


Share a story that is written in poetry format. Read about the Share A Story In A Poem announcement.


Share your poem that follows this poetry type. Find out more about Etheree Poetry.


Write a poem with no rules. Learn about the Free Verse Poetry Contest.


Share a story about your faith for the Non-Fiction Writing Contest.


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


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