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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


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. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Beautiful Creatures
Write a short essay about an animal - maximum 300 words. It can be a beloved pet or a wild animal you admire. The photo you include should be of the animal, or type of animal, you are describing.
Deadline: Today!


Writing Prompt Contest
The time of my life:
Write a short story. The topic is: The best time you ever had in your life. It can be as an adult or as a child. Please keep it clean. Minimum length 100 words. Maximum Length 4,000 words.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
The Enjoyment of Eating!
The enjoyment of eating! Yes, the contest entries can be about eating enjoyment, but they can also be about enjoyable times that happened while eating. Topic does not have to be addressed directly, but must be incorporated into piece. Readers should be able to laugh at the entries! Any type of submission, poetry, non-fiction, fiction, etc., is welcome. Works must be 300 words or less. Word count must be listed in author's notes.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
What Makes Me Happy
Write a RHYMED poem, minimum three stanzas long, on what makes you happy. Any rhyme scheme, any style - from a sonnet to a quatrain. NO FREE VERSE.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Storm Approaches
Write a short story where a storm is approaching. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 4,000 words.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Zombie craze
Get in on the Zombie craze! "The Walking Dead", the impending Zombie apocalypse! Write a Zombie 5-7-5 poem in 17 syllables. Be scary or humorous. Have fun!!
Deadline: In 2 Days
Lyrics Make The Song
Everybody knows that the lyrics make the song. So, Lyricists, write the lyrics to your new Hits.

Any music genre okay from Traditional Country on down the line.
Deadline: In 3 Days
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 winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Your Life in 150 words
Write the entire story of your life in no more than 150 words. You can be experimental, creative, funny, serious, provocative, reflective, whatever style you best feel represents your life. You must write about your entire life, not just a moment of it. No poetry (too easy). No fiction (YOUR life), although metaphors are acceptable so long as they are directly interpretable to be about your life. You'll be surprised at what your life looks like in 150 words...
Deadline: In 3 Days
Poem of length
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
It must be a poem of length (at least 14 stanzas, more encouraged!) and about a real person alive or dead. Rhyme or Free verse.
Deadline: May 8th
Song-title poem
SongTitlepoem rhyming or not, your choice, any style, any subject
Deadline: May 8th
Sudden Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 750 words. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: May 8th
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: May 10th
Erotic Horror
You will need to bring together the concepts of HORROR and EROTICA.
No profanities please.
Deadline: May 12th
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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 13th
Forge a Poem
Forge a poem that regards blacksmiths, smithing, or both. May be a modern setting, ancient setting, or fantasy. Rhyming poems only. Must be at least 16 lines, and a minimum of 6 syllables per line.
Deadline: May 17th
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 23rd
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: May 28th


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. Write a story for 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. 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. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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. A poetry contest with 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. Write a story for 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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
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." A poetry contest with a cash prize.
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
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: Jul 10th
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: 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. A poetry contest with 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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
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 poetry contest winner.
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. A poetry contest with 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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 27th
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 winner of this poetry contest.
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 winner of this poetry contest.
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? This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 22nd
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: Sep 27th


Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Oct 19th



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.


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.


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