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Horror Writing Contest
The horror/thriller contest is your chance to write a horror story. Can you use horror to grab your readers attention and hold it to the end of the story? Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: Today!


20th year anniversary
write a any type of poem about fanstorys 20th birthday good luck
Deadline: Today!


Four Line Poem
Write a 1-5-5-9 poem. That is a poem where the first line has 1 syllable. The second and third lines have five syllables. The final line has nine syllables. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: In 2 Days


Road Trip!
We can't travel right now, but we can go there in our minds! Write a poem of any length and style about a road trip. Where did you stop? What did you see? What kind of treasures did you pick up along the way? Who did you bring with you? These are just questions to inspire you. You do NOT have to include them in your work. Have fun!
Deadline: In 3 Days


20 Line Poem
This poetry contest challenges you to write a poem with only six words. Can you do it? Cash prize to the winner. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: In 4 Days


5 - 5 - 7 & 7 Stanzas
View the contest details for information on this writing contest.
Deadline: In 5 Days


Two Line Poem
Write a poem with a specific syllable count to enter this poetry contest. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: In 7 Days


Hate to love
View the contest details for information on this writing contest.
Deadline: In 7 Days


12 days of christmas
View the contest details for information on this writing contest.
Deadline: In 8 Days


Life, Death, and Leadership
View the contest details for information on this writing contest.
Deadline: In 8 Days


Dialogue Only Writing Contest
For this contest your goal is to write a complete story using only dialogue. So you should not include internal thought, descriptions or any other means - just the dialogue. Cash prize to the winner. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: In 9 Days


5-7-5 Poem
The 5-7-5 is a Haiku poem without the requirement of writing about a specific topic. So for this contest write a poem about anything but follow the 5-7-5 syllable count guideline. So your first line will have five syllables, second line has 7, third line has five again. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: In 13 Days


Faith Poetry Contest
Share your poem of faith to enter this writing contest. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: In 18 Days


Future Flash Fiction
A secret can often lead to terrible events. How will the secret in your story influence the story. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: In 20 Days


True Story Contest
Your challenge for this writing contest is to write a story that is true. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: In 26 Days


3 Line Poetry Contest
Write a poem with a specific syllable count to enter this poetry contest. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: In 33 Days


Tanka Poetry Contest
Write a poem with five lines that follows the syllable count provided to enter this poetry contest. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: In 34 Days


15 Syllable Poem
Can you write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables? That is the challenge of this contest. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: In 36 Days


100 Word Flash Fiction
Write a flash fiction story on any subject. Share your story for this writing contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 1st


Non-Fiction Writing Contest
Write a non-fiction story of any type to enter this writing contest with a cash prize. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Mar 3rd


5 Line Poem
This poetry contest requires a poem with only five lines. There is a specific syllable count. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Mar 5th


Rhyming Poetry Contest
Write a poem that has an obvious rhyme scheme to participate in this poetry contest. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 10th


Flash Fiction
The challenge for this flash fiction writing contest is to write a story with only 150 words. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Mar 12th


Write A Script
View the contest details for information on this writing contest. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Mar 15th


ABC Poetry Contest
Write an ABC poem to enter this poetry contest. That is a poem where the first letter of each line follows the alphabet. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Mar 21st


Haiku Poetry Contest
A haiku is a poem that follows a specific syllable count. It has only three lines and usually follows the 5-7-5 or 5-7-7 syllable count. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 23rd


80 Word Flash Fiction
Write a story that only has 100 words to enter this flash fiction writing contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 25th


6 Word Poetry
This poetry contest challenges you to write a poem with only six words. Can you do it? Cash prize to the winner. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Mar 27th


Cinquain Poetry
Write a poem that follows the following syllable count: 2-4-6-8-2. You can incorporate a rhyme scheme into your poem. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 1st


Love Poem Poetry Contest
Write a poem of any type that is a love poem. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 5th


Dribble Flash Fiction
Can you write a story with only 50 words? That is the challenge of this writing contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 8th


3 Line Poetry Contest
The 5-7-5 is a Haiku poem without the requirement of writing about a specific topic. So for this contest write a poem about anything but follow the 5-7-5 syllable count guideline. So your first line will have five syllables, second line has 7, third line has five again. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 10th


New Arrival Poetry
This contest is for new members to FanStory. Share a poem that has three lines and follows the 5-7-5 syllable count. It's similar to a haiku but you can write about anything.' This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 17th


One Line Poem
Can you write a one line poem? That is the challenge of this poetry contest. Write a poem with online one line. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 22nd


20 Word Poem
This poetry contest challenges you to write a poem with only six words. Can you do it? Cash prize to the winner. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Apr 25th


New Arrival Flash Fiction
View the contest details for information on this writing contest. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 28th


Rhyming Poem
Write a poem that has an obvious rhyme scheme to participate in this poetry contest. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Apr 30th


Loop Poetry Contest
For this poetry contest take the last word of each line and use it as the first word of the next line. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: May 5th


True Story Flash
Write a story that only has 100 words to enter this flash fiction writing contest. Write for this contest and a cash prize.
Deadline: May 9th


My Faith
Share your poem of faith to enter this writing contest. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: May 10th


Haiku
A haiku is a poem that follows a specific syllable count. It has only three lines and usually follows the 5-7-5 or 5-7-7 syllable count. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 16th


75 Words Flash Fiction
Flash fiction is a writing style that often very brief. For this contest your challenge is to use only 75 words and tell a complete story. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: May 18th


Take A Photo Poetry
Take a photo of something with your camera and write a poem about it. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: May 21st


20 Syllable Poem
Hemingway wrote a poem with only six words that is quite famous. Now is your chance. Write a poem with only 20 words for a chance at the cash prize. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: May 27th


3-6-9 Poem
A 2-4-2 is a simple poem. The first line has two syllables. The second line has four. The third line has two again. Just follow the syllable count when you write your poem to enter. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: May 31st


Share Your Story
Everyone has a story. This is your chance to tell your story in this writing contest with a cash prize. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 2nd


5-7-5 Poetry Writing
The 5-7-5 is a Haiku poem without the requirement of writing about a specific topic. So for this contest write a poem about anything but follow the 5-7-5 syllable count guideline. So your first line will have five syllables, second line has 7, third line has five again. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 6th


Nonet Poetry Contest
For this poetry contest your first line must have 9 lines. For the next line remove a syllable - it will have eight. And continue this until you have one syllable. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jun 12th


Share A Story In A Poem
Write a poem that also tells a story to enter this poetry contest. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jun 14th


This Sentence Starts The Story
For this contest we provide the starting sentence - you supply the story. Write a story that begins with the sentence specified in the contest announcement. Cash prize to the winner. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline: Jun 16th


2-4-2 Poetry
A 2-4-2 is a simple poem. The first line has two syllables. The second line has four. The third line has two again. Just follow the syllable count when you write your poem to enter. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jun 24th


5-7-5 Poetry
The 5-7-5 is a Haiku poem without the requirement of writing about a specific topic. So for this contest write a poem about anything but follow the 5-7-5 syllable count guideline. So your first line will have five syllables, second line has 7, third line has five again. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jun 26th


Acrostic Poetry Contest
For this contest share a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jun 29th


Sonnet Poetry Contest
A sonnet is a poem that follows a specific format. Share your sonnet poem to enter this contest with a cash prize. This poetry contest rewards a cash prize.
Deadline: Jul 3rd


Lune Poetry Contest
A lune is a poem that only has three lines. The syllable count is 5-7-5. So the first line has five syllables, the second line has 3 and the third line has five again. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 9th


Minute
The minute is a format of poetry that has a specific syllable count. Write your poem that follows this syllable count to enter. Cash prize for the winning entry.
Deadline: Jul 16th


5-7-5 Poetry Contest
The 5-7-5 is a Haiku poem without the requirement of writing about a specific topic. So for this contest write a poem about anything but follow the 5-7-5 syllable count guideline. So your first line will have five syllables, second line has 7, third line has five again. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Jul 30th


Free Verse Poetry Contest
This contest removes the shackles from the writer. Write a free verse poem. There are no rules for rhymes or syllable count. Cash prize to this poetry contest winner.
Deadline: Aug 1st




Short Story Contests

Participate in short story contests with cash prizes. Entering a contest is easy. Simply view the contest announcement from above that you would like to enter. Click the button provided to enter the short story competition.

Each competition has a different subject. So we recommend carefully reading the contest. Check for length requirements. Many poetry contests have a requirement for syllable count. Carefully read the rules of the short story contests to ensure that your entry will comply with the rules.

All contests with cash prizes are determined by a committee. A select group of established authors will read all the entries, consider the rules, and choose the entry that both follows the rules of the contest and stands out from the others. Most contests do offer some flexibility. Creative approaches are always welcomed.

So view the short story competitions list above, choose a contest that you would like to enter, view the contest announcement and submit your entry. This list is updated daily so check back often.

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