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I Am Not Perfect

Write a poem about a flaw that you see in yourself.


5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Aug 3rd

Your Life in 150 words

Write the entire story of your life in no more than 150 words. You can be experimental, creative, funny, serious, provocative, reflective, whatever style you best feel represents your life. You must write about your entire life, not just a moment of it. No poetry (too easy). No fiction (YOUR life), although metaphors are acceptable so long as they are directly interpretable to be about your life. ...


Rap about writing

Write a rap song about why you write, or what inspires you to write, or even why you started writing. No rules per say, except it has to be a rap about writing and to have fun!


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Beautiful Creatures

Write a short essay about an animal - maximum 300 words. It can be a beloved pet or a wild animal you admire. The photo you include should be of the animal, or type of animal, you are describing. Deadline: In 2 Days

The Holidays

Write a free verse poem about the holidays. Any holiday, or even not participating in holidays. Deadline: In 3 Days

Storm Approaches

Write a short story where a storm is approaching. Minimum length 700 words. Maximum Length 4,000 words. Deadline: In 3 Days

Best Served Cold

Write a flash fiction tale of REVENGE. Maximum 800 words. This can be in any genre and can range from a light-hearted prank to a murderous act of vengeance. Clever twists and irony encouraged. Deadline: In 3 Days

Write a Speech

Write any kind of speech of any length. One piece of artwork. Any word count. Deadline: In 4 Days

OH, if Only I could be there

This is a topic based contest on the topic provided in the the announcement. You are watching TV, or at the movies, you see something that gets you so deeply involved that you scream Lord, put me in . Deadline: In 4 Days

Lune Poetry Contest

A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: In 4 Days

I am there!

Write a story to sweep us off our feet on any subject. Use strong imagery using all the senses. Be real. Deadline: In 5 Days

First Win-Poetry

Write a poem, any style or length on any topic. No restrictions on presentation.

This contest is for those who have not won a contest before ONLY. Deadline: In 5 Days

First Win-Prose

Write a prose piece, fiction or non-fiction on any topic of any length. There are no restrictions on presentation. Any prose piece is acceptable. NO POETRY.

This contest is for those who have never won a contest before ONLY. Deadline: In 5 Days

"Hey, Isn't that Santa?"

Write a story that starts with the sentence: "Hey, isn't that Santa?" Your story must start with the sentence above. Do not add to the sentence. You have the option to put it in quotes (for dialogue) and to change the punctuation at the end. But do not add to the sentence or change it in any other way. Go online and find a picture of Santa that you find funny and write a story about it. Make u... Deadline: In 5 Days

Christmas Magic

Christmas time is different for everyone. For some, this is the happiest time of the year, while for others, it is painful to listen to the carols, watch the endless Hallmark movies, and yet... Deadline: Dec 27th

Words Versus Words

This is a words versus words poetry contest. No pictures or enhancements of any kind allowed. Deadline: Dec 27th

Fanstory-Suggestions For 2019

Write an essay on what you feel could improve Fanstory in the coming year and beyond. Deadline: Dec 27th

Reviewing Contest

Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Cash Prize. Deadline: Dec 27th

character cast for a cable/TV pilot

Strange-looking and unique animals inhabit the Galápatgos Islands. Your imagination will create just the characters that will star in this proposed pilot about an agency investigating a recent crime. Deadline: Dec 28th

A Very Scary Christmas

This is a topic based contest. Co-author a poem with an active FanStory Premium Member based on the topic provided in the announcement. Deadline: Dec 30th

Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Dec 30th

Love letter

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

Alternate universe soulmate

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

100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses around 100 words. Cash Prize. Deadline: Jan 4th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 8th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 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. Cash Prize. Deadline: Jan 15th

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 18th

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: Jan 23rd

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jan 26th

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: Jan 30th

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: Feb 5th

Six Word Poetry Contest

Write a poem using six words about any subject. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Feb 10th

100 Word Writing Contest

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Feb 11th

20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem with 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 to the winner. Deadline: Feb 17th

Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. Cash prize to the winner. Deadline: Feb 21st

Honeymoon

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Deadline: Feb 28th

A romantic christmas

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Deadline: Feb 28th

5-7-5 Poetry

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: Feb 28th

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 3rd

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. Deadline: Mar 8th

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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Mar 12th

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. Deadline: Mar 17th

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: Mar 24th

One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Mar 30th

Harry Potter AU

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

maid/master fluff

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

dating

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

How to woo a woman

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

12 days of romantic christmas

The topic for this contest is: 12 days of romantic christmas

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.

Deadline: Apr 30th

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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: May 20th

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: May 25th

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: May 30th

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: Jun 3rd

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: Jun 6th

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 to the winner. Deadline: Jun 10th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Jun 12th

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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Jun 14th

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: Jun 18th

This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: It was going to be the trip of a lifetime. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jun 21st

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 the winner. Deadline: Jun 25th

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. Deadline: Jun 30th

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 to the winner. Deadline: Jul 3rd

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jul 5th

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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Jul 9th

Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Write a flash fiction story that takes place in a tavern late into the night. Maximum length 500 words. Cash Prize. Deadline: Jul 16th

I Can

Write a poem that begins with the words "I can". Words do not need to be in quotes. Can add words and change capitalization. For example "I can believe". All poetry types accepted. Any length accepted. The winner takes away a cash prize. Deadline: Jul 20th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize. Deadline: Jul 25th

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. This contest has a cash prize. Deadline: Jul 30th

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.