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Poetry Contests


Writing Prompt Contest
Reactions
Write a scene in which your main character receives a strange looking letter beat up with stains on its cover. The letter has no return address. What's in it? How does your character react to the contents once it is opened and why?
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Recently Married (senryu)
Please write a senryu-type poem that consists of three lines in a syllable count or 5-7-5. No author notes.

The theme of the contest must be adhered to, as in 'Recently Married'.
Deadline: Today!
Trust Writing Contest
Trust is a dangerous thing to give someone when it's your life that hangs in the balance. That is the theme of this contest. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Sense of Place Short Story
Write a 400 to 700 word essay describing a place. This should be a descriptive short story, make sure you describe the place very well. This place you are describing can not be a place in your imagination, dreams, ext. It has to be a real place, preferably a place you know very well. You do not have to have been to this place, and this can be a made up story. Be creative and descriptive!
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Tight Jeans and Fast Dancing
Write a story with the line from a John Grisham book.

'The jeans got tighter and the dancing got faster.'

Keep in clean.

The sentence can be anywhere in the story.

300 to 600 words....
Deadline: In 2 Days
Spanish Train
Be inspired. Create a story using the given piece for inspiration. The more creative the better!
Deadline: In 3 Days
Inside the mind of Dean Kuch
Write a story about what you think goes on inside Dean Kuch's mind.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Butterfly In The Sky V
Erotic story or novel to be written by you! There is no word limit for this contest it can be as short as you would like or as long as you would like. Have fun with the story.
Deadline: In 4 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 5 Days
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: Feb 4th
Mercy said No.
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

Write a story that somehow incorporates this topic:
"Light and dark stood face to face. darkness tried to steal my heart away. But Mercy said No!"


Deadline: Feb 7th
Old Keys
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on old keys someone either owns or finds which can open old doors. Can't be new doors; they have to be old doors at any location, like an old house, a house lived in with old doors, barn doors that are old, old plane doors, just old doors in general...Tell the reader what's on the other side. The door can open up to anything, for example, a garden, a castle, an old pirate ship...or something you're familiar with like the kitchen of your grandma's house when she was still alive.... a surprise...just anything... have fun with it.....
Deadline: Feb 8th
Book of the Month
Each month one book chapter is selected to be the Book of the Month. A public vote determines the winner. All books posted during the month are automatically considered for this contest.
Deadline: Feb 9th
A Horror Sonnet
Write a horror sonnet
Deadline: Feb 10th
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
Birthday Bang III
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Feb 14th
Battlefield
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Feb 14th
Valentines Poetry
Write a romantic poem for this contest. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Feb 14th
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
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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 18th
Verily, the Simile shall Smile
Your poem, story or essay can be of any genre, and style? but let?s limit the word count to 3,000 :) You do NOT have to include an actual simile in your poem (I just needed a funky title!) Just write about two normally unconnected objects.
Deadline: Feb 21st
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: Feb 25th


This Sentence Starts The Story
For this writing contest write a story that starts with this sentence: "The silence, filled with hope, was shattered by ____" A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 3rd
Pantoum
Write a pantoum poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific format. A pantoum is a poem that is made up of quatrains. See an example in the announcement. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 9th
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: Mar 15th
Trapped
Write a story about someone that is somehow trapped. Do they get out of the trap? Or not? What happens and to what lengths will they go to make things better? A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 21st
What If?
For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character awoke and found that they were sometime in the past. Can be the recent past or a distant past. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 28th
Minute
Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 28th


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: Apr 6th
A Poem About This
Write a poem based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Apr 13th
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! Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Apr 20th
Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 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 "Worry" Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: May 1st
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: May 7th
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: May 14th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: May 21st
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: May 28th
New Arrival 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." A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: May 28th
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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 28th
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: May 28th
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: May 28th
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: May 28th


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 poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 5th
Triolet Poetry Contest
Write a Triolet poem for this contest. A triolet is a poem of only eight lines with a rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 11th
New Arrival 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: Jun 17th



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


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


Share a poem for your valentine for the Valentines Poetry.


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


We provided you the first sentence for your story. Read about the This Sentence Starts The Story. Post your best poem for this poetry contest.


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


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


Write a poem that somehow incorporates this image for our A Poem About This contest.


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


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


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.




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.


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


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 New Arrival Contest contest. Only for new writers to the site.


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 New Arrival Poetry contest.


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