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Light and Sweet

Write a romance poem in any style. The theme is light and sweet. Minimum 8 lines. Maximum 16 lines.
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Funny poem about your job

Write a humorous poem about your job. It can be any job, but it has to rhyme.
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His Mysterious Ways

Write a true story about God working a miracle in your life or someone else's life. Describe how this miracle took place in 500 - 1,000 words.
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Technology...the good and the bad

This is a topic based contest. Write a poem based on the topic provided in the announcement.
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Septolet Poem

Write a Septolet - a seven-line poem consisting of fourteen words broken into two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.
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6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. Cash prize to the winner.
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Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a five line poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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3 Line 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.
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Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that uses 150 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using exactly 150 words. The title does not count towards the word count. Online word processor is an estimate only. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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pregnancy

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
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80 Word Flash Fiction

A drabble is a flash fiction story that uses 80 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using 80 words. The title does not count towards the word count. The submitted work must be between 78 - 82 words. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words. This contest has a cash prize.
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Love Poem Poetry Contest

Write a love poem. All forms of poetry accepted. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be humorous or serious. The choice is yours. But it must clearly be a love poem. Cash prize to the winner.
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Inventive Geniuses!

Write a poem explaining/announcing your idea of a great invention to help with daily life. This poem was inspired by mermaids poem about a 'robotic lawnmower'. Can you think of something - no matter how silly - that might your life easier? That might take a daily chore off your to-do list? Share it with us in a poem!
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New Arrival Writing 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." This contest has a cash prize.
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Pun-Filled Short Story

Write a pun-filled short story that contains a beginning, middle, and an end. Please don't just string together a series of puns with no connection between them. No poetry please.
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All about writing

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement. It can be fiction, or non-fiction, humous, drama, etc.
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One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash Prize.
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20 Word Poem

Write a poem with only 20 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. Cash Prize.
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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.
Deadline Oct 25th

Festival

The topic for this contest is: festival

Write a story that somehow incorporates the topic. The story does not have to be specifically about the topic. But should clearly incorporate the topic into the story.

Creative approaches are welcomed. But contest voters will be asked to consider the topic when making a choice for a winner.

Minimum length 700 words.
Deadline Oct 30th

My Faith

Share a poem that is about your faith or how faith has impacted your life. Any type of poem accepted. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Oct 30th

Halloween Flash Fiction

Write a horror or thriller story for our Halloween flash fiction writing contest. The story can have a Halloween theme or you can use your imagination to create a story that will put your readers on edge. Minimum length 25 words. Maximum length 500 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Oct 31st

Halloween Poetry

For our Halloween Poetry Contest we are looking for poems about Halloween. This contest is for poems of all types and for poets of all skill levels. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Oct 31st

Haiku

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? Cash Prize.
Deadline Nov 2nd

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Nov 4th

Take A Photo Poetry

Go out for a walk and take a camera, smartphone or tablet with you. Snap a picture of something interesting and write a poem about it when you get home. Post the photo along with the poem. Special thanks to Sallyo for originally creating this contest. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Nov 8th

20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. Cash Prize.
Deadline Nov 13th

A Ghost Story

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline Nov 15th

3-6-9 Poem

This poem has three stanzas. Each stanza has three lines that follows the 3-6-9 syllable count. The first line has 3 syllables, the second line has 6 syllables and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Nov 18th

5-7-5 Poetry Writing

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Nov 23rd

crossdressing

The topic for this contest is: Crossdressing

Write a story that somehow incorporates the topic. The story does not have to be specifically about the topic. But should clearly incorporate the topic into the story.

Creative approaches are welcomed. But contest voters will be asked to consider the topic when making a choice for a winner.

Minimum length 700 words.
Deadline Nov 30th

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 contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Nov 30th

The Language of flower

The topic for this contest is: The Language of flower


Creative approaches are welcomed. But contest voters will be asked to consider the topic when making a choice for a winner.

Minimum length 700 words.
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 has 2 syllables again. The subject can be anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 2nd

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 4th

True Story Flash

Write a true story "flash fiction" style on any topic. Can be humorous, embarrassing, inspiring or thoughtful - the only requirement is that it is a true story. The title does not count towards the word count. The submitted work must be between 98- 102 words. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Dec 7th

5-7-5 Poetry

For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should have only 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.
Deadline Dec 10th

75 Words Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that uses 75 words. That is the challenge of this contest. Write a story (on any topic) using exactly 75 words. The title does not count towards the word count. Online word processor is an estimate only. We recommend the use of a computer word processor to count the words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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.
Deadline Dec 14th

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.
Deadline Dec 16th

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 21st

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 the winner.
Deadline Dec 31st

This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: It's happening tonight. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jan 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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jan 5th

Minute

Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jan 10th

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 has 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jan 15th

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.
Deadline Jan 20th

Horror Writing Contest

Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jan 22nd

20 Line Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 lines. Any format. Cash Prize.
Deadline Jan 26th

Two Line Poem

Write an essence poem. This is a poem of two lines with six syllables per line, each containing an internal rhyme and an ending rhyme.

Example
Mysterious night dream
Elicits a fright scream
Cash Prize.
Deadline Jan 30th

Hate to love

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline Jan 30th

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Feb 1st

5-7-5 Poem

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 contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 5th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 10th

Future Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that takes place in the future. Maximum length 500 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 12th

3 Line Poetry Contest

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 loved one. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Feb 16th

True Story Contest

Share a true story from your life. Write a story that shares 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. Use at least 100 words. No poetry. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Feb 18th

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.
Deadline Feb 22nd

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 Feb 24th

15 Syllable Poem

Write a poem with exactly 15 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 15 syllables total. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 28th

100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Mar 1st

5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash Prize.
Deadline Mar 5th

Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 10th

Write A Script

A script can be bring a scene alive with just a little direction and words. Now is your chance to write your own. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 15th

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? Cash Prize.
Deadline Mar 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 the winner.
Deadline Mar 21st

Entering Writing and Poetry Contests

This listing of writing and poetry contests will be updated daily. To enter a contest simply click the button provided when you view the contest announcement. If you are not ready to enter right away you can make a reservation which will save you a spot in a contest. A reservation will also make the contest easy to find when you are ready to enter .

All contests can be entered until the deadline is reached. Give yourself time to enter. And if possible enter at least a few days in advance as you will receive feedback shortly after you enter your contest entry. This feedback can be used to improve your work. You can edit your contest entry at anytime. So your feedback can be used to improve your writing even after you enter the contest. The judges won't read your contest submission until after the deadline has passed.

We recommending reading the contest announcement carefully as there may be requirements in the contest. For example, you may be required to count syllables or use certain words.