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Poetry Contests


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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Today!
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: Today!
Pulp Fiction
Tarzan, Conan, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, Dick Tracy. Write a piece of 'pulp fiction'. Magazines used to be littered with these stories and now is your chance. Stories with new characters - can be episodic in nature
Deadline: Tomorrow!
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: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
Too Far
Write a story with topic: This time her boss had gone too far.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Last Words
You're cleaning out your attic and stumble across an old photo of someone you don't recognize, hugging your mom. When you ask her about it she becomes very upset and runs out of the room.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
volcano haiku suite
Please write FOUR haiku - all related to the SAME volcano.

Each haiku must be written in THREE lines with a total syllable count of 10-17 syllables in each. That's a total count of between 40-68 for the four.

Haiku rules can be numerous, so here are those that need to be adhered to for this contest:

Personification is fine.

All written in present tense.

In each - two lines of inter-connected and grammatically correct vivid imagery (written as if one flowing sentence), plus a separate satori (line of conclusion or 'ah-ha' moment) on those two lines.

Minimal punctuation, and no capital letters unless proper nouns.

No artwork or sound effects.

No author notes.

Title must be 'haiku suite (1st line of your first haiku)', and clearly visible.

'Description' above title must ONLY read, 'volcano haiku suite'.

Presentation must be in TWO colours - one for background, one for type.


Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
No brakes
Write a story of any length. But at some point your character must be stuck in a car with no brakes.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
What if?
What if there really was gold at the end of the rainbow?
Deadline: Today!
A world behind closed eyes.
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Write a Quatret
Write a Quatret. This poetry form consists of three poems, one of quatrains, one of rhyming couplets, and one which is a combination of the two.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Contest Rules
Write a 5-7-5 senryu on the subject of contest rules.

This is Poetry Dances' definition of senryu:

Senryu is identical to the structure of a Haiku. It has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.

It is primarily concerned with human nature. It is often humorous or satiric. A non-traditional senryu can have less than 5/7/5 syllables. A common variation is 3/5/3 as in the example below.

Example:

Undone

words burst forth (3 syllables)
fragile bonds damaged (5 syllables)
love undone (3 syllables)
- written by Janilou

Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Stacked 5-7-5
Write a poem that has multiple stanzas. Each stanza is 5-7-5.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Choose One Of The Following Titles
Here we go again! This time the prompt is inspired by hits from living legend Tom Jones!

Choose one of the following titles.

Where does it take you?

Get writing: poem, fiction, essay, whatever you like!
200 words maximum word count.

It's Not Unusual
Help Yourself
Burning Down The House
Sexbomb
She's A Lady
A Boy From Nowhere
Green, Green Grass Of Home
Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings
Without Love
Delilah

The title of your work MUST be the title you chose from the list. (There shouldn't be any confusion in the booth for duplicate entries of title, as your name will be displayed alongside your entry.)

Artwork and author notes welcome.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Family Reunion Poem
Write a free verse poem about the bizarre characters you might find at your family reunion.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Dr Terry Fying's Crumbling Crypt 2
Write an original horror story, introduced by a campy horror host of your creation, reminiscent of those old EC comics or late-night horror hosts. Minimum word requirement is 800 words. Recommended length is between 1,500-2,500 words.

Just have fun!
Deadline: In 3 Days
Supertanka

SuperTanka

The SuperTanka is two tanka written side by side. The key being
that they can be read together, or separately, making perfect
sense either way. Normal tanka has a syllable count of
5-7-5-7-7, therefore the SuperTanka has 10-14-10-14-14 as a
syllable count per line.

Deadline: In 3 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Earthquake
Write a short story about an earthquake, using fictional characters and dramatization.
Deadline: In 3 Days


Easter Theme Acrostic
Write an acrostic poem for this contest. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Twitter Glitter
Explain effective TWITTER usage in less than 2000 words.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Write an in the news Nature Haiku
Please follow the instructions for the prompt.
Deadline: In 6 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: Apr 6th
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: Apr 6th
Being a Baseball Fan
The subject can be about being a baseball fan in general or about being a fan of a specific major league baseball team. The subject matter is restricted to the sport of major league baseball. Personal bashing or bitterness against any team, player, coach, etc. will not be allowed in the contest.
Deadline: Apr 8th
The Story Behind The Song
Write the story that inspired the song. Pick a song that has been recorded and write the story behind it. Any song from any time period as long as it has been recorded. No word limits or other rules.
Deadline: Apr 9th
Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: Apr 9th
Spanish Train
Be inspired. Create a story using the given piece for inspiration. The more creative the better!
Deadline: Apr 10th
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
Butterfly In The Sky VI
This is where you can write an erotic chapter, story or novel!
Deadline: Apr 15th
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
Sarah Lost Her Mama
Write a soothing story/ poem for children dealing with death and bereavement.
Deadline: Apr 20th
Poem concerning death for children
Write a soothing story/ poem for children dealing with death and bereavement.
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" A poetry contest with a cash prize.
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. Cash prize to the winning entry.
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." Write a story for 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. Cash prize for the poetry contest winner.
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. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
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. A poetry contest with 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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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. Cash prize for the winner of this poetry contest.
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 winner of this poetry contest.
Deadline: Jun 17th
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 poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jun 24th
Dear Atheist's
This is a topic based contest. Write a letter to an Atheist about how you feel about how they are treating Christians but be respectful to both sides.
Deadline: Jun 29th
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: Jun 30th


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: Jul 7th
Ask A Question
Write a poem where the first line of each stanza asks a question. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 14th
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: Jul 14th
1-6-1 Poetry Contest
Write a 1-6-1 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 1 syllable, the second one 6 syllables and the last line 1 syllable. The subject can be anything. However the three lines have to rhyme. This poetry writing contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 21st
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: Jul 27th
Veronica Roth: Divergent Series
For those who like to write about the world Veronica Roth created. Let your imagination go wild!

Minimum length 1,500 words. There is no maximum length.
Deadline: Jul 30th



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.


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 your poem that follows this poetry type. Find out more about 1-6-1 Poetry Contest.


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