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Writing Competitions

Global Writing Contests

Writing contests are a great way for poetry and fiction writers to get their work noticed by the literary community. Enclosed is a list of writing contests, including short story writing competions, essay contests and/or poetry contests from writing organizations around the world. All of the contests listed below either a) offer a minimum grand prize of $250 or b) are free to enter.

We make every effort to list only legitimate writing competitions, and try not to list publications that require an additional "purchase" before entrants are eligible to win any award. However, we also take no responsibility for the legitimacy of any of the following writing contests, and as always we recommend you do your own research.

Current Writing Contest Deadlines

June 7, 2020

Arts & Letters Prizes

Short Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Essay (unpublished)
Award: $1,000; Fee: $15

Arts & Letters Prizes Guidelines

Free Writing

No Fee Contest Book If you are interested only in free writing contests, you should pick up a copy of Hope Clark's The No Fee Contest Book. In her research, as editor of, she's identified more than 250 writing competitions that don't charge anything for contest submissions. For just $7.95, you can immediately download the e-book that contains contest listings, respective online links, and Hope's advice on entering writing competitions. 

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