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Writing Contests


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: In 3 Days


Story of the Month
Each month a vote determines the Story of the Month. All stories posted during the month are automatically considered.
Deadline: Tomorrow!
Writing Prompt Contest
haiku (droughts)
write one haiku on: droughts


~ 3 lines in a short/long/short count in less than 17 syllables

~ two grammatic-interconnected lines of concrete imagery; one fragment (the satori) line; all in present tense

~ no punctuation and capitalisation for proper names only

~ haiku do not have titles. but for this contest, the posted title must be: first line of poem


*NO....
....rhyme (at all)
....author's notes
....personification
....pictures/artwork/music/readings/etc. the haiku must stand alone.
....gerunds (a verb functioning as a noun with an -ing ending)


*see inside announcement for examples

Deadline: Today!
Writing Prompt Contest
haiku - any subject
write a haiku about any subject

- 3 lines in a short/long/short count in 17 syllables or less

- two grammatic-interconnected lines of concrete imagery; one fragment (the satori) line; all in present tense

- a kigo (seasonal reference)

- no punctuation and capitalisation for proper names only

- haiku do not have titles. but for this contest, the posted title must be: first line of poem


*NO....
....rhyme (at all)
....author's notes
....personification
....pictures/artwork/music/readings/etc. the haiku must stand alone.
....gerunds (a verb functioning as a noun with an -ing ending)
Deadline: In 2 Days
What If?
For this contest you are presented with a "what if" for your character. What if your character discovered he or she had a superpower. What is the superpower and what happens after the discovery. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: In 4 Days
Nuances of Noise
Write a Cacophony Poem
Deadline: Aug 9th
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 contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Aug 10th
I suggest these changes...
A non-fiction piece describing changes you suggest to improve Fanstory.
Deadline: Aug 12th
Fan Story
We all have favourite characters and books. Something instilled a love of writing in us. Let's do them justice, in our own style. Take a character, or place and let your imagination take the reigns!

PROSE FICTION ONLY. Minimum 700 words

A quick not
Deadline: Aug 12th
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: Aug 13th
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: Aug 16th
Share the joy!
This is a topic based contest. Write a story or haibun on what makes you happy and how would you spread the joy?
Deadline: Aug 20th
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 winner.
Deadline: Aug 20th
Nature Haiku
Write a traditional haiku about nature. The rules are strict, but this should yield some superb haiku. Please note the contest rules. If you have any questions, please contact the contest sponsor.
Deadline: Aug 21st
Write a Kyrielle Sonnet
See the form description and example in the contest announcement
Deadline: Aug 22nd
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: Aug 26th
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 winning entry.
Deadline: Aug 27th
Romantic story
Story about Romantic gesture main character show to their lover either to confess feeling, celebrate bithday or anniversary or to propose
Deadline: Aug 31st


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: Sep 1st
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 contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 2nd
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. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Sep 9th
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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Sep 16th
Ghost
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Sep 23rd
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: Sep 28th


Romantic story
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 2nd
Write About This
Write a story based on the image pictured in this announcement. What is happening here? Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Oct 2nd
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 contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Oct 8th
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: Oct 14th
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Oct 20th
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 "fear" Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Oct 27th
Soulmate
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Oct 31st


Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Nov 3rd
Thoughts about God.
Write a poem/psalm about your feelings toward God. Any type of poem or psalm is ok. It can be about any kind of feelings you have toward God. That includes the good, bad and ugly.
Deadline: Nov 17th
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: Nov 23rd
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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Nov 29th


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 6th
Acrostic Newbie 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 winning entry.
Deadline: Dec 13th
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: Dec 20th
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?ui Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 23rd


2-4-2 Poetry
Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllable, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllable. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 5th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 10th
Etheree Poetry
The poetry form, Etheree, consists of 10 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 syllables. Etheree can also be reversed and written 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jan 16th
Tombstone Poetry
Write a poem to be placed on a tombstone. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 27th



Write a poem that focuses on nature. Read the What If? announcement.


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


Share a true story for our Non-Fiction Writing Contest 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.


Try something different for the ABC Poetry Contest.


Write a story that uses this image for our Ghost contest.


Write a story that uses this image for our Write About This contest.


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


You only have a few words to write this story. Find out more by reading the Flash Fiction Writing Contest page.


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


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 Acrostic Newbie Poetry contest.


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


You only have a few words for the Etheree Poetry.


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