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Poetry Contests


Writing Prompt Contest
Question
Write a poem in which every stanza either begins with a question or ends with a question.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Septolet
Write a septolet.
The septolet has fourteen words. It is broken between two stanzas that make up the fourteen words. Each stanza can have seven words each but that is not a requirement. Both stanzas deal with the same thought and create a picture.

Example
Heart Song
You play me
like
a violin

One caress,
heartstrings sing
sweet melody
of love
- written by ~Dovey
Deadline: Today!
Etheree Poetry
The Etheree poem has 10 lines with a specific syllable count. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
The Dark
Write a story where your character is stuck in complete darkness.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Start and Ends The Same
Write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Diatelle
Write a diatelle.
A diatelle has a set syllable count and a set rhyme.
The syllable count is: 1-2-3-4-6-8-10-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1,
The rhyme patter is: abbcbccaccbcbba.
It is usually displayed centered.

Example
Smooth Sailing
Walk (Syllable count 1 - rhyme: a)
With me (2 - b)
And simply (3 - b)
With arms around (4 - c)
Each other's waist, happy (6 - b)
Moving about the day, as bound (8 - c)
As ever can be, with true love abound (10 - c)
lay with me all day and all night, my world you rock (12 - a)
Passion�??s fire, a desire induced by sound (10 - c)
Pure as light, each spectrum surround (8 - c)
Hypnotized as can be (6 - b)
Love that�??s profound (4 - c)
Spoken free (3 - b)
With me (2 - b)
Talk(1 - a)
- written by Bradley Vrooman

The form was created by Bradley Vrooman
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Back Seat Driver
The topic for this writing contest is: Back Seat Driver
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Too Far
Write a story with topic: This time her boss had gone too far.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Memories
Look at some old photographs and write about a memory or a thought that they give you. If possible (not required) include the image in your poem.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Fur Fly Challenge
Here is a special challenge. To level the playing field, I will provide the start of the story, and these words must be used as written (no substituting other words for them).

You, in no more than 1500 words, and whatever genre floats your boat, finish the story.

Simple as that.

WORDS TO BE USED:

Plant Security called the Owasu Manufacturing Corporation the driving industry of Cartersville. Every able-bodied person in the small village labored there. Most employees had toiled behind the gates for several years.

A tight-knit community, life was peaceful and calm. Only two people knew the real reason the plant existed: the grizzled old man who oversaw the day-to-day operations of the plant and the infiltrator carefully entrenched by the underground.

A balmy August afternoon settled over Cartersville. Off in the distance rain clouds began to build, but nothing like the storm that brewed behind the scenes.

*****************************************************************************

LET THE FUR FLY!
Deadline: In 2 Days
Children's Story

Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Hitch A Ride Home
Write a story where your main character must hitch a ride home.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Castaway
Stuck on a tropical island in the pacific.
Show how you survive with three things on you.
Get through the three months on the island, before
help arrives.
Deadline: In 6 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 6 Days
Quinzaine Poetry
A quinzaine is a 3 line poem that only has fifteen syllables. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Dec 14th
Stupid, real hurts
Write a true story about when something so simple as a minor insult hurt you. When you thought you understood the world and made a decision based on that knowledge. But afterwards, you felt ashamed.
Deadline: Dec 14th
The Gun
This is a topic based contest. A child under 12 finds/takes/steals or is given a loaded pistol or rifle. What happens? FICTION ONLY. 1000 word minimum. No maximum. NO Poetry, music or sound effects.
Deadline: Dec 15th
Roast Week
Hello gang! Time to lounge around the campfire and tell some tales. Bring your hickory sticks, we got a lot of wieners to burn! I got my rhythm guitar. Have you got a nemesis? Lets get cooking!
Deadline: Dec 15th
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: Dec 16th
Orphan love
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Dec 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: Dec 20th
Christmas Story
Share a story that somehow involves Christmas. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Dec 25th
Christmas Poetry
Share a poem about Christmas. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 25th
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. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Dec 28th
Nightclub
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Dec 31st


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: Jan 1st
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 3rd
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: Jan 9th
Quasi-Triolet
Quasi-Triolet regards my personal approach to the Triolet form. I do not like the repeating of two lines which consume 5 lines out of 8 Follow the form of a-b-a-a-a-b-a-b, but don't repeat any lines.
Deadline: Jan 10th
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 winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 13th
Write About This
Write About ThisWrite a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 17th
Write a Sijo.
Write a sijo (pronounced she-jo). It has a set number of syllables (44-46) and ends with a concluding twist. It is composed of three lines of 14-16 syllables or six shorter lines.
Deadline: Jan 17th
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: Jan 24th
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: Jan 28th


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
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! Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Feb 7th
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: Feb 12th
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: Feb 16th
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: 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 poetry contest winner.
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. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 14th
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: 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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
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 winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Apr 5th
Drabble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Cash prize to the winning entry.
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. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 30th


Sudden Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 750 words. A poetry contest with 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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 8th



Celebrate Christmas with a poem. Read our Christmas Story announcement.


Share a Christmas poem for the Christmas Poetry.


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


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.


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.


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