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Contests Announced Today


True Story About You & A Sibling

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Write a true family story about you and one of your siblings.
Use 1 picture and 1 color font. Picture cannot have words, music, or animation with it.
Your story should be between 300-400 words in length. A dedication line may be added which will not count towards word length. Two videos (with music) may be included in author notes.
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Senryu Poetry

Write a senryu. Unrhymed Japanese verse of 5/7/5 syllables. Using human emotion.
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Uplifting Poems Contest

Write an uplifting rhyming poem.
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Children's Poetry Contest

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


All Contests



A Pet's World

The topic for this poetry contest is: WRITE A POEM OF ANY FORMAT FROM A PET'S PERSPECTIVE. CAN BE ABOUT ANYTHING THEY OBSERVE.

Write a poem that somehow incorporates the topic. The poem MUST be specifically about the topic and 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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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.
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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. This contest has a cash prize.
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Childhood Memories

Write a story about your childhood memories that impacted your life with a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2000 words.
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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.
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SEP Horror 250 Words of Less

250 words or less (FS counter excluding title) on a haunted PLACE--any place, cave, cemetery, house--as long as the PLACE is the focus. Can be haunted by any entity (ghost, demon, mouse, etc.)
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OCT Wk 1 - Horror 50 Words of Less

Horror in 50 words or less! Any topic for this bite-sized horror, but make it scary, creepy, or frightening. Word count measured from your computer, but hand count it. Title excluded from count.
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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.
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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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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OCT Wk 2 - Horror 500 words or less

MONSTERS in 500 words or less. Any good story summoning a monster, whether it be a werewolf, zombie, monster, ghost, demon, etc. Word count measured from your computer, title excluded.
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6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
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Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a five line poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. Cash Prize.
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OCT WK 3 - 300 words or less

Write a Children's Halloween Story in 300 words or less, for elementary school or lower. Title excluded from word count. Flash fiction, but any prose (creative nonfiction or poem acceptable).
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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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Oct 24th

OCT WK 4 - Fav Halloween Memory

YOUR FAVORITE HALLOWEEN MEMORY. It could be as a child or as an adult. Share with us something that warms the heart and chills the spine. Fiction/creative non-fiction. No word count.
Deadline Oct 24th

One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Oct 28th

OCT - Halloween's Scariest <500 wds

Scariest story. Any ghost, demon, gore, place, or real person allowed. 500 words or less, measured from MS word, title excluded. Flash fiction, but creative non-fiction acceptable. No poem/script
Deadline Oct 31st

Halloween Story

Write a horror or thriller story for our Halloween writing contest. The story should have a Halloween theme. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Oct 31st

Halloween Poetry

For our Halloween Poetry Contest we are looking for poems about Halloween. This contest is for poems of all types and for poets of all skill levels. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Oct 31st

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Nov 2nd

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Nov 4th

Haiku

Can you write a poem with only three lines? Cash Prize.
Deadline Nov 10th

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Nov 20th

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.
Deadline Nov 25th

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 Nov 30th

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 to the winner.
Deadline Dec 2nd

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 Dec 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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 8th

My Faith Poetry

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 Dec 10th

Fantasy Writing Contest

Write a short story for this writing contest. Your story should have a fantasy elements. Minimum 2000 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 14th

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. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Dec 17th

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 Dec 20th

Christmas Story

Share a story that takes place during Christmastime. All writing welcomed including fiction and non-fiction. No poetry. 5,000 words or less. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 25th

Christmas Poetry

Share a poem about Christmas. It can be the lights, shopping, a child opening a gift - whatever you feel best represents this day. Any format you choose. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 25th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Dec 30th

20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Jan 4th

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 Jan 7th

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 Jan 10th

A First Book Chapter

For this contest share the first chapter of your novel. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline Jan 13th

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 Jan 17th

Science Fiction Writing

Write a short story for this writing contest. Your story should have a strong science fiction elements. Minimum 2000 words. Cash Prize.
Deadline Jan 22nd

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 to the winner.
Deadline Jan 26th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Jan 29th

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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 5th

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.
Deadline Feb 7th

Western Writing Contest

Write a short story for this writing contest. Your story should have a clear western (old west) theme. Minimum 2000 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 10th

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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Feb 15th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline Feb 17th

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.
Deadline Feb 21st

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 Feb 24th

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.
Deadline Feb 28th

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. This contest has a cash prize.
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. Cash prize to the winner.
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
This contest has a cash prize.
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. Enter for your chance at the 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. Cash prize to the winner.
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. Cash Prize.
Deadline Mar 31st

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Cash prize to the winner.
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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline Apr 9th

Future Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that takes place in the future. Maximum length 500 words. The winner takes away 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.
Deadline Apr 19th

100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Enter for your chance at the 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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
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. Cash prize to the winner.
Deadline May 5th

Non-Fiction Writing Contest

We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction on any topic. Cash prize to the winner.
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.
Deadline May 12th

5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. The winner takes away a 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. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Deadline May 20th

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.