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Writing Contests


Writing Prompt Contest
This Is My Life!
Write a poem, short piece of fiction, or an essay about your philosophy of life. No more than 1000 words.
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
The Drink
You (or your character) take a sip of a drink and feel different. What happens?
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Stop
Write a story of any type. But at someone point your character must shout: Stop!
Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
this sentence begins the story....
your challenge for this contest, should you dare to accept it, is to write a story that begins with this sentence: The window was open and the bed was empty.

do NOT add to or change the sentence in any way.

you have the option of putting the sentence into dialogue: "The window was open and the bed was empty," she told the police. but the sentence MUST NOT be changed or added to in any other way except for a speech tag as in the example.

story must be a super scary horror story of at least 1000 words minimum (no max) and must begin with the sentence: The window was open and the bed was empty.

have fun ;-)

Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
Bounty Hunter
The topic for this contest is: BOUNTY HUNTER
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Emotional Dependency
Write a poem about being emotionally dependent on some you love and then how you overcome the ties of that dependency.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Someone Else
You (or your character) wakes up and are someone different.
Deadline: In 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
Winter Senryu
Write a Senryu on the subject of winter.

What is a Senryu?

This is what Poetry Dances here on FanStory says about the form:

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


Write a 5-7-5 or 3-5-3 Senryu on the subject of winter
Deadline: In 2 Days
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 3 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 3 Days
News Paper Article
You are a journalist working for a famous News Paper, one in your area, who still publish all their additions on paper. These are not released to the internet because it does not exist in this time period.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Write A Sonnet
Write a sonnet on any topic. Use Iambic pentameter in a traditional sonnet form. Voters will be asked to judge your piece on meter and rhyme, however you won't be disqualified for simple variances.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Just Once See It My Way
Your opinion must represent a better solution. A rant without substance or a viable solution is not acceptable.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Divergent: Fan Fiction
Fan Fiction for Divergent, by Veronica Roth. No poetry, 800 words min. and 2000 words max.
Deadline: In 6 Days
Spanish Train
Be inspired. Create a story using the given piece for inspiration. The more creative the better!
Deadline: Mar 13th
Why are you on Fanstory?
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 14th
Limerick Contest
Limerick time! Create something short, sweet and funny in honor of St. Patrick's Day!
Deadline: Mar 14th
Letter of Reference
Write a letter of reference to an employee who is resigning from your company.

See full details in the contest description.

Between 400 and 750 words. Please include word count in the description below the title.

Deadline: Mar 15th
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 15th
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: Mar 15th
Incounter with the Gods
This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 15th
Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 15th
Poem of the Month
Each month one poem is selected to be the Poem of the Month. A public vote determines the winner. All poems posted during the month are automatically considered.
Deadline: Mar 19th
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? Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Mar 21st
Reviewers Only!
This is a contest to test reviewing skills. The entrants are to review three poems. The voters will then decide who offered the best reviews. Simple.
Deadline: Mar 21st
A Hopeless Romantic
Write a romance story. This is to be about humans. Any length or style. A story not an essay or a journal entry. Real humans, not aliens or monsters. Simple.
Deadline: Mar 23rd
Blank Verse Contest
Blank Verse Contest. Write in the poetic form made popular by Shakespeare. This contest has specific rules requiring the use of strict iambic pentameter and not utilizing any end-line rhyme or internal-line rhyme. Poems must be at least 12 lines in length. See contest announcement for complete details.
Deadline: Mar 27th
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. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
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. Cash prize for 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. This contest has 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 to this poetry contest winner.
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! Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Apr 20th
Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? This contest has 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 winner.
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. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 14th
Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Write for this contest and 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. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
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 for this contest and 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 winning entry.
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 contest rewards 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 to this poetry contest winner.
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. This contest has 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 winning entry.
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 contest rewards 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 to this poetry contest winner.
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jun 24th
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 winning entry.
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 contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 7th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 14th



You only have a few words for the Pantoum.


Share a true story for our Non-Fiction Writing Contest 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 only have a few words to write this story. Find out more by reading the Flash Fiction Writing Contest page.


Just three lines make up this fun poetry type. Find out more by reading the Tanka Poetry Contest announcement.


Make your words bring out the horror for our Horror Story Writing Contest.


Try something different for the ABC Poetry Contest.


Here is the first sentence to your story. Now try to write the rest. The New Arrival Contest contest. Only for new writers to the site.


A fun poetry type to write. Read the announcement for an example of this unique poem.


Share a poem of the spiritual type for our Faith Poetry Contest.


New writers to FanStory.com are invited to write for the New Arrival Poetry contest.


Share a story. But write it in a poem format. The Share A Story In A Poem announcement.


Free form gives you plenty of flexibility. View the Free Verse Poetry Contest contest announcement.


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