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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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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For International Women's Day 2024

Write for International Women's Day on March 8th 2024. This years theme is 'imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination', but you are not restricted to this.
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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.
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Fabulism

Write a story of no less than 2000 words demonstrating the use of Fabulism.
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Free Form 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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Western Writing Contest

Write a western story. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Birds and the Bees, Ladies only.

For ladies only. The phrase "Birds and the bees" is a euphemism for sex. Enlighten and entertain your readers with a nonfiction story about how you learned about the birds and the bees.
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Birds and the Bees, Men only

The phrase "The birds and the bees" is a euphemism for sex. Enlighten and entertain your readers with a story about how you learned about "The birds and the bees." Men only.
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I'm Running for President

It's 2024 and you are running for President. What's your campaign gonna go? What false promises will you make? What (hypothetically) will you do to buy votes from Fanstory members?
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5-7-5 Poetry Contest

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.
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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize to the winner.
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Write A Book In A Month

Can you write a complete book in one month? That's the challenge of this writing contest. Write a book during the month of March. Complete it by the end of the month. Cash Prize.
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Nonfiction 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. Cash prize to the winner.
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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.
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Deadline Apr 7th


Minute Poetry Contest

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 the winner.
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Deadline Apr 13th


100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Apr 15th


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. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Apr 19th


My Worst Fear Writing Contest

Write about the worst fear that you've ever faced. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Apr 22nd


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. See the announcement for an example. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Apr 25th


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 contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Apr 30th


Emotions Poetry Contest

Pick an emotion and write a poem of any type. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline May 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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline May 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 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline May 16th


Erotic Writing Contest

Write an erotic fiction story. Cash Prize.
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Deadline May 20th


15 Syllable Poem

For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 15 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 15 syllables total. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline May 23rd


Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 150 words. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline May 26th


A poem about a Woman

Write a poem about her. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Jun 2nd


A poem about a Man

Write a poem about him. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Jun 3rd


Write A Screenplay

A screenplay can bring a scene alive with just a little direction and words. Now is your chance to write your own script. Can be for TV, movies or the theater. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Jun 7th


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.
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Deadline Jun 11th


True Story Flash

Write a non-fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Jun 15th


Tanka Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a five line poem that follows a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Jun 18th


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.
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Deadline Jun 24th


Write A Rant

Got something that bugs you? It is your turn to rant! Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Jun 27th


5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Jun 30th


Temptation Poetry Contest

Write a poem of any style or length that deals with any aspect of the topic temptation. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Jul 5th


Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Jul 8th


Poem For A Child

Can you write a poem that brings a smile to a child? Cash Prize.
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Deadline Jul 12th


Dear God

Write to God expressing your most pressing concerns and/or questions believing with all your heart and soul, that He will receive, read and answer you. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Jul 14th


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.
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Deadline Jul 18th


75 Words Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Jul 23rd


ABC Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write an ABC poem. ABC poetry has five lines and often is used to express feelings. See the announcement for an example. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Jul 25th


6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Jul 29th


Sci Fi or Fantasy Writing Contest

Write a science fiction or fantasy story. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Aug 2nd


Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a five line poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Aug 5th


Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Aug 12th


Share Your Story

Write about an event in your life. Share your story. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Aug 13th


No Rules Poetry Contest

No rules! Write any type of poem from rhyming to free form. You decide how to write your poem. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Aug 17th


80 Word Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses exactly 80 words. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Aug 20th


One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Aug 24th


Fantasy Writing Contest

Write a fantasy story. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Aug 26th


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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Aug 30th


A First Book Chapter

For this contest share the first chapter of your novel. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Sep 3rd


Haiku

Can you write a poem with only three lines? Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Sep 5th


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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Sep 7th


Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme scheme. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Sep 12th


8 Words or Less Poem

Write a poem with eight words or less. Your poem must be concise and have impact. Can you do it? Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Sep 18th


Haiku Poetry Contest

Write a 5-7-5 poem for this contest for new members to the site. A 5-7-5 poem is a three line poem. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven. The third line has five again. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Sep 25th


Betrayal Poetry Contest

Write a poem in any form or style with betrayal as the central theme. Cash Prize.
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Deadline Oct 1st


What Is Love Poetry

Write a free verse poem about love. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Oct 7th


Free Verse Poem

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 the winner.
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Deadline Oct 13th


My Faith Poetry

Share a poem that is about your faith or how faith has impacted your life. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Oct 19th


This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: We found the cave. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Oct 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 contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Oct 31st


Romance Writing Contest

Write a romance story. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Deadline Nov 2nd


Share A Photo Poetry

Share a picture of something or someone that you love. Or perhaps a photo of something that you found on a trip or a hike. Write a poem about it. Post the photo along with the poem. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Nov 6th


20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Nov 10th


Horror Writing Contest

Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Cash prize to the winner.
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Deadline Nov 12th


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. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Nov 15th


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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Deadline Nov 21st


Nonet Poetry Contest

Write a nine line poem for this poetry contest. The first line of your poem will have nine syllables. The second line has eight syllables and the third line has seven. This continues until your final line which has one syllable. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Nov 26th


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.
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Deadline Dec 3rd


Faith Flash

Write what faith means to you. How faith impacts your life. What God means to you. This is flash! So share it with exactly 300 words. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Dec 9th


Newbie Flash Fiction

New to FanStory? This contest is for you! Write a story that uses exactly 100 words. Title does not count towards the word count. Write about anything with 100 words. This contest has a cash prize.
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Deadline Dec 13th


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.