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Rewrite That Ad!
Write a one-act script that satirizes a commercial.
Deadline: Tomorrow!


Rhyming Alliterisen
Write a Rhyming Alliterisen - Poem consists of 7 lines with 7 syllables each and contains 1 alliteration in every line. Rhyme scheme is aabbcca.
Deadline: Today!


Sedoka
Write a Sedoka.

The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line katauta with the following syllable counts: 5/7/7, 5/7/7. A Sedoka, pair of katauta as a single poem, may address the same subject from differing perspectives.

A katauta is an unrhymed three-line poem the following syllable counts: 5/7/7.


Example #1:
War Path

Fractured wanderer
leaving a tortured city,
hammocked insecurely.

Quenched of thirst for blood,
he may now respect beauty,
unappreciated 'fore.

Copyright © 2003 Christian Ugalde

Example #2:
Disturbing Raven

Dark clouds cloak the night;
chilly winds creak gnarled branches,
grasping as bony fingers.

Disturbed Raven squawks
at frightened children - screaming,
then laughing - they throw him treats.

Copyright © 2004 James Dean Chase

Example #3:
October 31st

Ghosties and goblins
Witches, black cats and broomsticks,
All Hallows Eve comes tonight.

Children coming by
arms out calling trick or treat
Hall-o-ween ghosts and goblins.

Copyright © 2004 Marion Gibson
Deadline: Today!


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 winning entry.
Deadline: In 2 Days


Presidents Hanging Out
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: In 2 Days


Diamante
A Diamante is a seven-lined contrast poem set up in a diamond shape. The first line begins with a noun/subject, and second line contains two adjectives that describe the beginning noun. The third line contains three words ending in -ing relating to the noun/subject. The forth line contains two words that describe the noun/subject and two that describe the closing synonym/antonym. If using an antonym for the ending, this is where the shift should occur. In the fifth line are three more -ing words describing the ending antonym/synonym, and the sixth are two more adjectives describing the ending antonym/synonym. The last line ends with the first noun's antonym or synonym.

To make it a bit simpler, here is a diagram.

Line 1: Noun or subject
Line 2: Two Adjectives describing the first noun/subject
Line 3: Three -ing words describing the first noun/subject
Line 4: Four words: two about the first noun/subject, two about the antonym/synonym
Line 5: Three -ing words about the antonym/synonym
Line 6: Two adjectives describing the antonym/synonym
Line 7: Antonym/synonym for the subject


Example #1:
Rain
humid, damp
refreshing, dripping, splattering
wet, slippery, cold, slushy
sliding, melting, freezing
frigid, icy
Snow


Copyright © 2000 Marie Summers

Example #2:

Kitten
cute, soft
purring, clawing, pouncing
playful, fur, fun, feline
pawing, licking, loving
bright-eyed, beautiful
Cat

Copyright © 2000 Marie Summers
Deadline: In 2 Days


American Were woman
The Guy painfully transforms into a woman three times a night, how did it happen? What's your version?
Deadline: In 3 Days


Funny poem about your job
Write a humorous poem about your job. It can be any job, but it has to rhyme.
Deadline: In 3 Days


100 Word Horror
The challenge is to write a poem that contains some form of horror or thriller. No more than 100 words.
Deadline: In 3 Days


David and Goliath theme poem
Write a poem where the little guy beats the odds and gets the best of the big guy. Must have at least eight lines of no less than four syllables per line. Rhyming poetry only, please - no free verse.
Deadline: In 4 Days


Urban Legends
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.

No Poetry! Only writing and images are acceptable for this contest...
Deadline: In 5 Days


Urban legend...or is it?
Write a poem of more than six stanzas, rhyming or free verse, about an Urban Legend Horror, such as Bloody Mary or the Hitchhiker. Or maybe you are terrified by one you have heard is true...
Deadline: Nov 30th


Dating romance
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Nov 30th


Lyrics Make The Song
MUST BE SONG LYRICS ONLY.

NO OTHER FORM OF POETRY ALLOWED FOR THIS CONTEST.

NO MUSIC, SOUND EFFECTS, OR OTHER ENHANCEMENTS PERMITTED.
Deadline: Nov 30th


One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 30th




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 syllables. The subject can be anything. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 3rd


A Furry Tale
Re-write, re-imagine, or completely mangle a fairy tale of your choosing. Update, dress down, time shift... anything goes - except it must feature at least one talking animal as a main character. Minimum 750 words. Prose Fiction Only. No Poetry.
Deadline: Dec 5th


Book It!
Write a new book in three months.
Deadline: Dec 5th


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: Dec 6th


This Sentence Starts The Story
Write a story that starts with this sentence: Did you hear that? Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 8th


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 12th


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 winner.
Deadline: Dec 16th


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 20th


Christmas Story
Share a story that somehow involves Christmas. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 25th


Christmas Poetry
Share a poem about Christmas. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 25th


Horror Story Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 29th


Marriage Proposal
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement.
Deadline: Dec 31st




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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 3rd


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. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 5th


Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Jan 8th


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: Jan 13th


Flash Fiction - A Secret
Write a flash fiction story where a character has a secret that somehow influences the story. The secret does not have to be revealed. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 17th


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: Jan 20th


True Story Contest
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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Jan 25th


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 30th




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: Feb 3rd


5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 7th


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: Feb 11th


Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 18th


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. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 22nd


100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 26th




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: Mar 3rd


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: Mar 5th


Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a ABAB poem for this contest. This is a poem with a specific rhyme scheme. Read the announcement for a sample poem and the details. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 9th


75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 10th


3 Line Poem
Write a poem that has three lines and a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. The poem must address a lover. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 15th


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: Mar 17th


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 winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 20th


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 winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 23rd


Wedding
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Mar 31st




Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses around 50 words. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 4th


Short Poem
For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 20 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose and choose the word count. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 20 syllables total. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Apr 5th


Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Apr 8th


Romance Writing Contest
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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 13th


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 to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 17th


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: Apr 20th




Harry Potter AU
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Jun 30th




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