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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


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: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Nature haiku
Write a nature haiku.
-17 syllables or less
-two grammatically interconnected lines of concrete imagery
-a satori (an a-ha or moment of insight)
-short/long/short format
-present tense
-No caps
-Minimal punctuation
-personification allowed
-no special effects what so ever.
-two color presentation (one text, one background)
-one illustration
-no author's notes


Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Parenthood: An indelible memory
Describe a memory, a lesson taught or learned, or a moment shared that will stay with both parent and child forever.

Prose only. No minimum or maximun word count.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
A Good Turn Gone Wrong
Please write a very short story based on trying to help someone, but it's not appreciated. Fun or serious. No poetry.

MAX words - 300
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Childhood
Write a rhyming poem about your childhood. It can be good or bad, happy or sad.
No more than 20 lines.
No free verse.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Short fiction starter
Write a story starting with the following sentence:

If he told his mother what he had seen, she would know he had disobeyed her and gone to the abandoned quarry, but on the other hand, if he didn't, someone might die.
Deadline: In 2 Days
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: In 4 Days
Story with alternative endings
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 6 Days
Friendship Cross Cultures
This is a topic based contest. Write a story about a friend that opened your world to another culture.
Deadline: May 31st
Technology wars
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: May 31st


Lyrics Make The Song
Pen your newest, and best, song lyric masterpieces and enter them into this contest.

NO POETRY ALLOWED FOR THIS CONTEST!

Must be song lyrics only.
Deadline: Jun 1st
The confederacy monuments
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jun 1st
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. A poetry contest with 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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 3rd
My Testimony
This is a topic based contest. Everyone that enters should write about the great things God has done for them in any time frame. Just give God the glory in this writing.
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
Free Verse of Length
A minimum of thirty lines of free verse poetry on any subject. Display is entirely up to the author with no restrictions. No FORMAL STRUCTURED poetry of any kind will be allowed. Any topic is fine.
Deadline: Jun 10th
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 winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jun 11th
Dr. Terry Fying's Crumbling Crypt
A horror prose only contest.
Minimum word limit: 1,000
Maximum word limit: No limit
Deadline: Jun 13th
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. Cash prize to the winning entry.
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. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
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
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 winner of this poetry contest.
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 winning entry.
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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 5th
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
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. Cash prize to the winning entry.
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 winner of this poetry contest.
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 for 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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 30th


Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. Write a story for 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 for the winner of this poetry contest.
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 winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Aug 11th
Character
A character can make a story. Write a story that is based on the scene pictured in this announcement. Write a story 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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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. Write a story for 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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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 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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Sep 3rd
Nove Otto Poem
Write a poem with nine lines. Each line should have 8 syllables. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Sep 12th
100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Cash prize to the winning entry.
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 for 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 poetry contest winner.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Oct 9th
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 for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Oct 14th
Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 19th
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 poetry writing 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? Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Oct 31st



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


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.


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.


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 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 100 Word Flash Fiction page.


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


This poetry form can be a challenge - and a lot of fun. Read the Loop Poetry Contest announcement.


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


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