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Faith

Write a story or essay about faith.
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Sedoka

The Sedoka is an unrhymed poem made up of two three-line Katauta with the following syllable count 5/7/7, 5/7/7. A Sedoka may address the same subject from differing perspectives
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20-letter Teacup Dictionary Poem

Write a teacup dictionary poem. The word is the title. Each following line defines the word, but shrinks by one syllable, until there is one syllable and the final line gives an observation.
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Someone Else

You (or your character) wakes up and are someone different.
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The Perfect Lie

Write about the worst lie you've ever gotten away with. Was it spontaneous or planned? Why did you lie? And what might have happened if the truth was discovered?
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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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20/20 Vision Story Contest

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
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No adjectives allowed

write 150 to 350 words with out any adjectives. Any prose genre acceptable! The challenge of this contest is to create an interesting and cogent entry with out a single adjective.
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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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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Loki (Marvel) fanfic

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
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20 Predictions for the 2020s

Write 20 predictions about what will happen in the coming decade. They can be personal, social, political, sports--whatever you want. But do it in 20 lines of poetry or 20 paragraphs of prose. Any style of poetry is acceptable, as long as it is 20 lines For examples of 20-line forms, go to http://poetscollective.org/poetryforms/tag/20-lines/.
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Abstract art poem

Write a poem that somehow incorporates an abstract piece of art from fanart. It can be structured or free verse there is no requirements for the poem other than it has to be inspired by an abstract piece of art of your choosing.
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Horror Writing Contest

Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. Cash prize to the winner.
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Free Verse Poem Contest

This is a free verse poetry contest. Any poem about any subject verse or specific syllable count isn't needed.
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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Cash prize to the winner.
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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 to the winner.
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Twenty ways to die

This is a topic-based contest. Write a five-chapter book based on the topic provided in the announcement.


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The Art of the Limerick

A Limerick contest, following rules shared by our own Phyllis Stewart. See full guidelines for details.
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Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Write a flash fiction story that takes place in a tavern late into the night. Maximum length 500 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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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.
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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.
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Valentine Poem

Write a love poem that has 20 syllables total. Any type of poem is accepted. Just watch the syllable count! Thanks go out Miranda Langston for originally creating this contest for our 20th Anniversary Celebration. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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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. Cash prize to the winner.
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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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 21st

Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 24th

100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Feb 28th

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 Feb 29th

The Past 20 Years

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement. Nonfiction story about things that have happened in your life and/or in the world in the past 20 years.
Deadline Mar 3rd

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.
Deadline Mar 9th

6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Mar 13th

Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Mar 16th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 20th

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. Cash Prize.
Deadline Mar 23rd

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 25th

20 Word Poem

Write a poem with only 20 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 27th

One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 31st

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Apr 5th

Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 7th

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 Apr 12th

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 Apr 15th

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 20th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 24th

20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 26th

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 Apr 29th

Biography of famous people

Write about a famous person of your choice. Minimum length 700 words.
Deadline Apr 30th

Wedding

The topic for this contest is: Wedding

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 Apr 30th

honeymoon

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

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline May 2nd

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 May 7th

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 May 9th

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. Cash Prize.
Deadline May 11th

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.
Deadline May 16th

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash Prize.
Deadline May 21st

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. Cash Prize.
Deadline May 25th

Twenty Short Story Contest

Write a story with your character named Twenty. Who is Twenty? Where did that nick name come from? Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline May 26th

Lune Poetry Contest

A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline May 30th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 3rd

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 Jun 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.
Deadline Jun 14th

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! Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jun 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 has 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash Prize.
Deadline Jun 20th

20 Line Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 lines. Any format. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jun 26th

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.
Deadline Jun 30th

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 Jul 3rd

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Jul 6th

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 to the winner.
Deadline Jul 10th

This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: Give me twenty. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Jul 15th

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.