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This Is My Life!

Write a poem, short piece of fiction, or an essay about your philosophy of life. No more than 1000 words.
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Pictures

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the announcement.
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Pop goes the Weasel

For one day, you will embody whatever animal you ate last (in real life). You will then off yourself in a manner intended to create the most interesting dining experience for the person who consumes you. Tell us how it goes.
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Science Fiction Writing

Write a short story for this writing contest. Your story should have a strong science fiction elements. Minimum 2000 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Two women sit at a deserted bar

Write a story using the premise two woman sit at an otherwise deserted bar. They share a secret. They strike up a friendship.
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Someone Else

You (or your character) wakes up and are someone different.
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A Sonnet

Write a fourteen-line rhyming poem that sings. A Sonnet
You can choice the type Petrarchan, Shakespearean (English), Spenserian, Miltonic or Modern. Or be creative.
The requirement:
1) A 14-line rhyming poem.
2) A set rhyming pattern
3) A set metering/syllable count.
4) Any single subject.
See Poetry Dance and other websites for great examples.

In your autho...
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Moderna Madness

The latest Moderna booster causes excitement when it turns out to do more than was advertised. 200-2000 words.
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~ Family ~ fiction story

~ Family ~ (fiction)
Write a fiction story with Humans as the subject ~Read all rules!
minimum word count 500/maximum word count 550/black font only
No vulgar words, sexual terms, murder, ghosts, time travel, or profanity
No references to political figures, parties/innuendos/references, past or present, or ideas such as Marxism
No Christmas stories/Valentine's Day or adop...
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Story about A Family

~ Family ~ non fiction
Read definition of 'family' before entering this contest.
This definition will be enforced in this contest.

from dictionary.com
family

a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not:
the traditional family.
a social unit consisting of one or more adults toget...
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33 Word Spiritual Fiction

33 Word Spiritual Fiction
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Faith

Write a story or essay about faith.
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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.
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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. Cash prize to the winner.
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Join Seaworld, see the world!

Highly intelligent shape changing zombies, intent on world domination, have infiltrated species X at Seaworld. (X is an animal of your choice). 200-2000 words
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Left alone in the forest

The topic for this contest is: Left alone in the forest

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.
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Newbie Flash Fiction

For our New Arrival contest we challenge you to 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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Wrong Date

G.I Joe and Jihadi Joe are dating identical twins who went down different life paths. A week before Valentine's Day, the first mixup occurs. (Continued in part 2 on Feb 6) -- 200-2000 words
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Let's Enjoy the Differences

What Happens When People of Different Classes and/or Walks Of Life Interact?
Story or Script, NO POETRY.
Length restriction 1000 to 2500 words (state word count in author's note).
Deadline: 7th February.

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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 has 2 syllables again. The subject can be anything. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Western Writing Contest

Write a short story for this writing contest. Your story should have a clear western (old west) theme. Minimum 2000 words. Cash prize to the winner.
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Christian Science Fair

Christian scientists sponsor a science fair contest for kids that does not go according to plan. 200-2000 words
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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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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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5-7-5 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 to the winner.
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Battle of the Presidents

All former US Presidents have come back to life. Congress has dictated that the next President will be the last man standing in a battle to the death amongst the 46 contenders. 300-3000 words
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This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: You need to calm down. 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 24th

Horror Writing Contest

Write a horror or thriller story for this writing contest. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them. Cash Prize.
Deadline Feb 28th

BEST DAY EVER

The topic for this contest is: YOUR BEST DAY EVER.

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 Mar 1st

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 1st

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 Mar 6th

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 Mar 9th

Minute

Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 15th

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 to the winner.
Deadline Mar 19th

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.
Deadline Mar 23rd

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 Mar 27th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Mar 31st

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

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

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Apr 9th

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 Apr 13th

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 Apr 19th

100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 25th

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Apr 30th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline May 5th

Non-Fiction Writing Contest

We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction on any topic. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline May 8th

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline May 12th

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.
Deadline May 17th

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 to the winner.
Deadline May 20th

Children's Poetry Contest

Can you write a poem that brings a smile to a child? Cash Prize.
Deadline May 24th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline May 27th

Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline May 30th

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 3rd

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

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jun 11th

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? The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 15th

6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 22nd

Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a five line poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 26th

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

No Rules Poetry Contest

Write a poem of any type. Can be a poem that rhymes. Or a poem that is free verse. You decide. Any topic. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jul 3rd

One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jul 7th

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 to the winner.
Deadline Jul 13th

Haiku

Can you write a poem with only three lines? The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jul 19th

Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jul 23rd

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.
Deadline Jul 26th

Haiku Poetry Contest

Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. A popular format is to have the first line contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables but a strict syllable count is not required. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jul 31st

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.
Deadline Aug 5th

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.
Deadline Aug 10th

My Faith Poetry

Share a poem that is about your faith or how faith has impacted your life. Any type of poem accepted. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Aug 13th

Fantasy Writing Contest

Write a short story for this writing contest. Your story should have a fantasy elements. Minimum 2000 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Aug 17th

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.
Deadline Aug 22nd

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? Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Aug 26th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Aug 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. Cash Prize.
Deadline Sep 5th

20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Sep 10th

Share Your Story

Write about an event in your life. Everyone has a memoir. Not an autobiography. Too much concern about fact and convention. A memoir gives us the ability to write about our life with the option to create and fabricate and to make sense of a life, or part of that life. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Sep 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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Sep 20th

A First Book Chapter

For this contest share the first chapter of your novel. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Sep 23rd

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.
Deadline Sep 28th

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.