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As a member, you will get feedback for everything you write. You can enter poetry contests with cash prizes. You will be ranked. Write and see how the feedback you receive impacts your rank. Since the year 2000 we have been helping writers improve their writing skills.

Poetry Contests


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 for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
Etheree
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.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
5-7-5
Write a poem on any topic. Must have following syllable count. First line has five syllables, second seven, the final line has 5 syllables.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
What's Up With That Dream?
Write a short story in regard to a dream that you have experienced that may have troubled you in some way. What did you do to help yourself through it?
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
TV Sitcom
Write a story of any length using TV sitcom characters. It can be "Brady Bunch", "The Partridge Family", "Friends" or any other TV show that you choose.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Earthquake
Write a short story about an earthquake, using fictional characters and dramatization.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
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.
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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: In 4 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 a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: In 5 Days


Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 1st
The Thinking Woman
This is a topic based contest: an action or adventure story featuring a thinking female lead character. It can be any genre {sci fi, thriller, western, spy, romance, etc.} ~ 500-3,500 words
Deadline: Feb 2nd
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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Feb 2nd
Dream Come True
Sometimes when we dream, it is really a message to us from above. Sometimes, it is simply our sub-consciousness that is active in our dream. Share a story about a dream that you had, that came true.
Deadline: Feb 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! A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 7th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Feb 12th
Valentine's Poetry
Write a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be humorous or a serious love poem. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 14th
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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Feb 16th
Valentines Writing Contest
For this contest we are looking for stories with the topic of romance. Creative approaches welcomed. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 17th
Animal Thoughts on Humans
This is a topic based contest. Write a humorous story about how an animal (domestic or wild) understands a particular human behavior.
Deadline: Feb 21st
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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 21st
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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 26th


3 Line Poem
Write a three-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Mar 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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 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 for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 9th
Character
A character can make a story. Write a story that based on the scene pictured in this announcement. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 14th
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: Mar 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 for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 19th
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. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 25th
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: Mar 30th


Newbie 5-7-5
Write a poem that has three lines and follows a specific syllables count. View an example in the announcement. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 5th
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 for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 5th
Drabble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 10th
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 for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Apr 15th
Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Apr 19th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 24th
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. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Apr 30th


Sudden Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 750 words. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: May 3rd
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: May 8th
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 for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 13th
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 for the winner of this poetry contest.
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. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 24th
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: May 28th


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 winner of this poetry contest.
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 poetry writing 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 poetry writing 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. Write a story for 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 poetry writing 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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 25th



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


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


This poetry form can be a challenge - and a lot of fun. Read the Valentine's Poetry announcement.


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.


Share a story to celebrate this special holiday. Find out more about the Valentines Writing Contest.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Write a poem that uses the words we provide for the Nonet Poetry Contest.


The ABC poem isn't as easy as 'ABC'. But it is fun. Learn about the ABC Poetry Contest.


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