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Poetry Contests


Sentence Starter
This contest challenged writers to start a story with a specific sentence. View the announcement and create a story that uses this sentence.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Opposites Attract
The topic for this contest is: Opposites Attract. Romeo and Juliet, Ross and Rachel, these are couples that were opposites yet found love with one another. In this contest write a story about a couple that is opposite but yet drawn to one another.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Write a poem using these words...
Write a poem in any form or style, with any subject or emotion but must include the following words:

flexible - present - air - dipper - lilac - fir - door - spacious

Where do these words take you??
Deadline: Today!
The Vampire's Lullaby
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
ANIMAL CONFRONTATION
Please write a poem, free verse OR rhymed, on the theme of a 'TWO DIFFERENT species of animal confrontation'. It could end in a stand-off, escape OR death (cruel OR as prey to be eaten).

IMPORTANT - SERIOUS THEMES ONLY.

NO eagle or wolf themes.

ONE of the TWO characters MAY be human, OR NOT.

No mythical or extinct animals.

Min 100 words, max 170 words.

ONE piece of artwork allowed, but must be above and separate from the text.

Word count must be stated in 'description' above title - nothing else there.

No author notes.

Plain type, with no highlighting of words (italics, bold type, etc.).

Must be TWO colour presentation (one background, and one foreground).

Straight lines with no 'staggering'.


Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Change-a-word
Can you take the TITLE of a Christmas Carol or a Hannakah song and change one word? Then write a poem about it.The body of the poem does not have to be holiday oriented.
Example: "Silent Night" could be "Silent Day" or "Violent Night" or about any subject that fits your title. "Oh Little Town of Hollywood" --fill in any word--'Your poem can be any style , Be clever and creative, funny or serious...




Deadline: Today!
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: In 2 Days
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: In 2 Days
Salute for Non-Profits
This is a topic based contest. Write a Poem based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 4 Days
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: In 4 Days
Christmas Story
For our Christmas story contest we are looking for stories that are holiday oriented. Creative approaches are welcomed. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: In 5 Days
Christmas Poetry
For our Christmas poetry contest we are looking for poems that somehow capture the experiences of this time of the year. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: In 5 Days
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: Dec 28th
A Flower Sonnet
Write a traditional sonnet about a flower of your choice.


Deadline: Dec 30th
Meet with Muse on New Year's Eve
Your Muse has decided to take New Year's Eve off and wants to meet with you. You agree. See announcement for details.
Deadline: Dec 31st


Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: Jan 1st
FanStory Movie Parody
A movie parody using FanStory themes and situations. Minumum 1000 words, maximum 5000 words. Any genre.
Deadline: Jan 2nd
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jan 7th
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 12th
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: Jan 16th
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." Cash prize to the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 22nd
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. Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 28th
Inside the mind of Dean Kuch
Write a story about what you think goes on inside Dean Kuch's mind.
Deadline: Jan 30th
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: Jan 31st


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
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: Feb 11th
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
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: 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 ____" Write a story for 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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
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? Write a story for a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 21st
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
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


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 poetry contest winner.
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! Write a story for a cash prize.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: May 14th
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: May 21st
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



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


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


Share a Christmas poem for the Christmas Poetry.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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