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Meaning of Life

Write a rhyming poem of 12 lines or less that explains the meaning of life.
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Children's Rhyming Poem

Write a children's rhyming of length or style
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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 to the winner.
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Low Reading Level for Teens

There are not enough stories/book available that are age appropriate for readers at lower reading levels. Write a story for a high schooler using simple language and short sentences.

An example:

It was dark, really dark. The moon shown through the branches. Tommy closed his eyes. Scratch, scratch, scratch. He hear the noise again. This time he knew it wasn't in his head. What...
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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.
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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. This contest has a cash prize.
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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.
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20 Line Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 lines. Any format. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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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.
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Hate to love

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
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12 days of christmas

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
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Life, Death, and Leadership

This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement. Your character and others are trapped in a dangerous situation. Your character becomes the leader.
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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Cash prize to the winner.
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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.
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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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Future Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that takes place in the future. Maximum length 500 words. Enter for your chance at the 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.
Deadline Feb 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 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 Feb 26th

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. 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

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Mar 3rd

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 Mar 5th

Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. Cash Prize.
Deadline Mar 10th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 12th

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.
Deadline Mar 15th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 21st

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 Mar 23rd

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 Mar 25th

6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Mar 27th

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 Apr 1st

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 Apr 5th

Dribble Flash Fiction

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

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 Apr 10th

New Arrival Poetry

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Apr 17th

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 Apr 22nd

20 Word Poem

Write a poem with only 20 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 25th

New Arrival 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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Apr 28th

Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Apr 30th

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 May 5th

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 9th

My Faith

Share a poem that is about your faith or how faith has impacted your life. Any type of poem accepted. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline May 10th

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 May 16th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline May 18th

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.
Deadline May 21st

20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. Cash Prize.
Deadline May 27th

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline May 31st

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! The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 2nd

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. Cash Prize.
Deadline Jun 6th

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 Jun 12th

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.
Deadline Jun 14th

This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: I put on my mask and entered the building. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 16th

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 Jun 24th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jun 26th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jun 29th

Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash Prize.
Deadline Jul 3rd

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 Jul 9th

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 Jul 16th

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.