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Poetry Contest Listing


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 2 Days
Writing Prompt Contest
The Immortality Cure
A cure for death has been discovered! As the element used in it has a short half-life and is in limited supply, you only have today to decide whether or not to get the cure. There is a catch, though: it causes infertility. You, unmarried, with no kids, have to decide whether or not to get cured.
Deadline: In 2 Days
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: In 6 Days
What I Am Proud Of and Why
This is a topic based contest. Write a story based on the topic provided in the the announcement.
Deadline: Nov 29th
Reviewing Contest
Every month we make a cash prize available to the reviewer that writes the most detailed and helpful reviews. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Nov 29th
Flash Fiction Writing Contest
Write a flash fiction story that takes place during a hot summer night. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Nov 30th
Novelette Contest Part 3
The topic for this contest is: Novelette Contest Part 3
Write a story, the third chapter in your book/novelette. It must follow from Chapter one, and Chapter2 which you submitted in the first contest.
Deadline: Nov 30th


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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Dec 1st
I Can't
Write a poem that begins with the words "I can't". Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 3rd
Cary Grant Movie Titles Poem
Write a poem of any style incorporating Titles of Movies that Cary Grant starred in (listed in contest description), using a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 movie titles, and still have the poem make sense.
Deadline: Dec 4th
Gory Horror Story Contest
Write your gory horror stories, the gorier, the better.
Deadline: Dec 5th
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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Dec 10th
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 to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Dec 15th
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 16th
5 Line Poem
Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Dec 17th
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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Dec 22nd
I am there!
A story using imagery on any subject.
Min. 700 words.
Max. 2000 words.
Deadline: Dec 23rd
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
Rhyming Poem
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize the poetry contest 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. Write for a 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. This contest has a 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. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
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. A poetry contest with a cash prize.
Deadline: Jan 15th
Sonnet Poetry Contest
Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 18th
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 the poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jan 23rd
Dribble Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
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. This contest has 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 5th
Six Word Poetry Contest
Write a poem using only six words. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Feb 10th
100 Word Writing Contest
Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Cash prize to the writing contest winner.
Deadline: Feb 11th
20 Syllable Poem
For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Feb 17th
Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. This contest has a cash prize.
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. This contest has 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 3rd
Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 150 words. Write for a 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. This contest has a 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 24th
One Line Poem
Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. This contest has a 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


75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. Write for 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 2 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. This contest has a 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 writing contest 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 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
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. Cash prize for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jun 12th
75 Words Flash Fiction
Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. A poetry contest with 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. Cash prize the poetry contest winner.
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. Write for a 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 for the winning poetry entry.
Deadline: Jun 25th
Horror Writing Contest
Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 30th


Dialogue Only Writing Contest
Write a story using only dialogue. Write for a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 5th



You only have 19 syllables and three lines to share a message. Learn more about the Tanka Poetry Contest announcement.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the 100 Word Flash Fiction page.


Write a story but present it as a poem. Read about the Share A Story In A Poem announcement.


Write a poem where every word counts for this Nonet Poetry Contest.


This alphabet poem type has a unique format. Learn more about the ABC Poetry Contest.


Can you write a story with only a few hundred words? Flash fiction is always a challenge. Read the Flash Fiction page.


A free verse poetry contest. Read the Free Verse Poetry Contest contest announcement.


Share a poem that is somehow about faith for the Faith Poetry Contest.


Write a horror story for the Horror Writing Contest.


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