Amazing Writing Contests to Enter in 2020

Sometimes a little competition is what you need to get back in the writing game. What better way to do that than to enter writing contests and see how well you’ll do?

2020 writing contest

As writers, we’re often plagued with a whole lot of self-doubt which can have a negative effect on our mental health and our writing. Add to that, the fact that we are prone to losing traction when we don’t have a specific deadline in sight. What’s great about writing contests is that they give you a chance to ignite your creativity and get back into the swing of writing.

On that note, we’ve compiled a list of writing contests to help get you started!

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poem has to have a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. It shouldn’t rhyme. But the poem must address a loved one.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 23, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction: 5,000 words/ Poems: 1-5 poems.

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Jan 24, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is for doctors, with a 700 word limit. The theme of this writing competition is ‘Sorry’.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 25, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Art: 15 works/ Fiction or Literary nonfiction: 30 pages/ Poetry: 6 poems, or 10 pages/ Reviews: 2 works/ Digital Media: up to 5 digital works.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 26, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submission must not exceed 3,000 words for short fiction, and 42 lines for poetry.

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Jan 27, 2020

Prize

Fiction: £200; Poetry: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must be of the first chapter of a novel for up to 3,500 words.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Jan 27, 2020

Prize

Submission Review and Feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrant should have a 2-year writing history with up to 3 writing examples, a max of 3,000 words total and a statement of demonstrable need.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 30, 2020

Prize

Support, Mentoring and Career Development Worth £1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions should be of nspirational true stories of up to 1,200 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 30, 2020

Prize

$200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems must be unpublished in all formats including personal websites and blogs. They must not exceed 60 lines.

Entry Fee

$6

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Plays should last for around 30-40 minutes for a max of 5 performers.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

Grand Prize: £250; Successful Playwrights: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poems must not exceed 36 lines.

Entry Fee

£4.50

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 4000 words.

Entry Fee

€17

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300 and residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; 3rd: €200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction: 2,000 words/ Poetry: 50 lines.

Entry Fee

€10

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

€500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must not have been published before. Work must be no longer than 40 lines.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters and a 400 word synopsis.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

£2,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entries must not have been written before 1999.

Entry Fee

$11

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction and creative non-fiction: 3,500 words / Poetry: up to 5 poems.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$50- $150 CAD

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction: 5,000 words / Poetry: single poems or multi-poem cycles. Stories must be set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a piece of creative work up to 15,000 words and a 200 word entry statement.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

£7,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Word Limit should be from around 5,000-10,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $4,000; 2nd: $2,000; Runner Ups: $800

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions should be in English.

Entry Fee

$50

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit 10 pages of poetry from a full collection/pamphlet manuscript.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Can’t be associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Susanna Kaysen. Only submit previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 – 5,000 words.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Feb 01, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers from 9-16 years of age. Submission must be up to 2500 words (about 10 double-spaced pages).

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 01, 2020

Prize

1st: $50; 2nd: $25; 3rd: $15

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 01, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 2,500 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 01, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone who can write a Tanka poem. It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 02, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 03, 2020

Prize

1st: $3000; 2nd: $1700; 3rd: $1000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to all writers worldwide. Submissions must be in English. No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. Entries must be unpublished, and a maximum of 2000 words in length.

Entry Fee

$30

Deadline

Feb 03, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 (CAD); Runner Ups: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone 15 syllables total. 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.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 10, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit an unpublished booklength collection of poetry of 75 to 100 pages.

Entry Fee

$22

Deadline

Feb 15, 2020

Prize

$1000 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to any short fiction writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.

Entry Fee

$28

Deadline

Feb 15, 2020

Prize

$2,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

All women writers, age 40 or older.

Entry Fee

$45

Deadline

February, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 and Residency; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must not have been published before. Work must be in English, double-spaced, and no longer than 8,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 17, 2020

Prize

Grand Prize: $3,500; Finalists: $750

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 21, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Titles over 100,000 words will be charged an additional $25 fee

Entry Fee

$149

Deadline

Feb 28, 2020

Prize

Consideration by an NYC-based literary agency

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used).

Entry Fee

£7- £20

Deadline

Feb 28, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit stories between 180 and 360 words.

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 3,000 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Prize

1st: £400; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open internationally to new and established writers aged 18 years or over. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme. The entries must not exceed 3500 words.

Entry Fee

300-500 RS

Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Prize

Rs. 25,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit an essay between 1,500 and 2,500 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 01, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $300; Honorable Mentions: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Mar 15, 2020

Prize

$1,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Mar 19, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Mar 25, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit stories related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

Publication in Moment Magazine

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

1st: 50,000 Rs; 2nd: 20,000 Rs; 3rd 10,000 Rs

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 300 words.

Entry Fee

€14

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

1st prize: €1,000; 2nd: Residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; 3rd: €200

Eligibility & Restrictions

First-generation immigrants can enter. Submissions should be unpublished and of 25,000 words for non-fiction, and 45,000 words for fcition.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

$10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Both ongoing and completed books are accepted, but with a 20,000 word minimum.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

March 31, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit published or unpublished work.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Apr 01, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; Honorable Mentions: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 12, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

All women writers, age 40 or older.

Entry Fee

$45

Deadline

April, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 and Residency; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Sumbit work between 48 – 52 words.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 20, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 2,200 words on any theme or subject.

Entry Fee

£8

Deadline

Apr 20, 2020

Prize

1st: £1200; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 24, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 4000 words.

Entry Fee

£9

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250; Shortlisted: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Manuscripts should be between 48 to 84 pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

Grand Prize: $1000; Finalist: $250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poets should have less than two books published.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

No restriction on the age of the author. Authors from all countries are eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). Submit one humor poem, up to 250 lines.

Entry Fee

$2

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

1st: $2000; 2nd: $250; Honorable Mentions: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must be printed out with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

April 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

There are no restrictions on content or form, however, poems should be previously unpublished. No submissions from people associated the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Susanna Kaysen.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

May 01, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poem should follows a specific rhyme scheme (aa,bb).

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

May 06, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Each entry must be an original, unpublished poem of 40 lines or fewer. The language of the competition is English.

Entry Fee

$17 – $25

Deadline

May 15, 2020

Prize

$20,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open for U.S. citizens, residents of the United States for the ten-year period prior to the submission deadline, or those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status. Submissions should be from 48 to 100 pages.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 15, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open for U.S. citizen U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest. Work can’t be slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named winner or runner-up in any other contest.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 and Publication; 2nd: $750; 3rd: $500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 31, 2020

Prize

$300

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 15,000 words.

Entry Fee

£12

Deadline

May 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £1000; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jun 01, 2020

Prize

1st: $200; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $75

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 01, 2020

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Any new or emerging writers in narrative can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 15, 2020

Prize

$4,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must not have been published before.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

$15,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

1st: $350; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry 200,000 words maximum. Submissions should be: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir (definition), Poetry, Children’s Picture Book and Graphic Novel & Memoir.

Entry Fee

$65

Deadline

June 30, 2020

Prize

Up to $5000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must be a collection of any combination of flash fiction, short stories, or novellas, from 100 to 200 book pages in length (word count between 27,500 and 50,000). Material should be previously unpublished in book form.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

$1000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must be an original work of fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.

Entry Fee

£ 6

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Your story should be a maximum 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

£15

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

£1,000. Runners-up prizes are £250 for second, £100 for third, a WM Courses mini-critique for fourth and a twelve-month subscription for fifth.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to June’s theme: Prayer.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

Free class at Gotham Writers

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should be 100 words or less.

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

$100 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The work submitted must be a first book of poetry published between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 01, 2020

Prize

Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award $100,000; Kate Tufts Discovery Award $10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories must be between 1,500 and 5,000 words long.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Jul 01, 2020

Prize

$1,000, with publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must follow the proper syllable count. A 5-7-5 poem has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.

Entry Fee

$9

Deadline

Jul 10, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions shouldn’t be of no more than 5,000 words.

Entry Fee

£8

Deadline

Jul 12, 2020

Prize

£1000

Eligibility & Restrictions

The word count should be 1,500-1,700 words.

Entry Fee

£ 6

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

1st: £200 and publication;
2nd: £50 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entry should be no longer than 40 lines

Entry Fee

£ 6

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

£100, with £50 for the runner-up. Both poems will be published in Writing Magazine

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories should run between eight hundred and five thousand words. Poetry may be any length, and several poems, themed together, may be submitted as one entry.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

$1,000, with publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems must be original, unpublished in any medium, print or electronic, No poem must exceed 40 lines.

Entry Fee

$5 per poem

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

1st: $15,000 and publication; 10 finalists: $500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poetry: Up to 5 pages of poetry (one long poem or several short poems). Fiction: 5,000 words maximum (one short story or a self-contained excerpt from a novel). Open only to writers whose work has not appeared or is not scheduled to appear in more than 2 publications in the genre in which they are submitting.

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

$500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Essays must not exceed 2000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 15, 2020

Prize

£100 for winners of each category

Eligibility & Restrictions

The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.

Entry Fee

£5.75 for first poem; £3.50 for subsequent poems

Deadline

Jul 16, 2020

Prize

£1000 and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

The prize is for flash fiction on the theme of ‘Thriller’ in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 20, 2020

Prize

Publicity for winners will be issued to press worldwide.

Eligibility & Restrictions

The prize is for a thriller short story in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 20, 2020

Prize

Publicity for winners will be issued to press worldwide.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Scripts longer than 150 pages will not be eligible.

Entry Fee

$74

Deadline

Jul 26, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9

Deadline

Jul 27, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should be a maximum of 3000 words.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Jul 28, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200; 4 finalists: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jul 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The prize is for a thriller in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 30, 2020

Prize

Publicity for winners will be issued to press worldwide.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should not exceed 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

€15

Deadline

Jul 30, 2020

Prize

€200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should not exceed 500 words.

Entry Fee

€10

Deadline

Jul 30, 2020

Prize

€100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should not exceed 40 lines.

Entry Fee

€15

Deadline

Jul 30, 2020

Prize

€100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Novella Award is for a previously unpublished, original work of fiction. 15,000 word minimum, 30,000 word maximum.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

$1000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Entry Fee

$27

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $2,500; 2nd: $1,000; 3rd: $500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to July’s theme: In the attic.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

Free class at Gotham Writers

Eligibility & Restrictions

Maximum word count:1000 and Minimum: 200.

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $300; 3rd: $200

Eligibility & Restrictions

The story must be an original creation of the contestant, up to 1500 words long, and free from any exclusive publishing rights elsewhere.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

The story must be an original creation of the contestant, min 500 and up to 5000 words long.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $50; top 20: publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Length of story: max 1,000 words, All types of stories are welcome (excluding Children’s and Young Adult Fiction).

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must be previously unpublished. Submissions can be up to 1000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should not exceed 3,000 words.

Entry Fee

€18 per story

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: €2,000; 2nd: €500; 4 runners up: €250 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

Publication and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is open to short pieces (between 1000 and 4000 words) of English-language fiction, translated or otherwise, so long as the pieces are previously unpublished.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: €300; 2nd: €50; 3rd: €20

Eligibility & Restrictions

Book idea should be 60 words max.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 01, 2020

Prize

International publishing deal

Eligibility & Restrictions

All Categories, have a 40,000-word projected-length minimum except for Novella with a word count of 15,000-40,000 words.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Aug 01, 2020

Prize

$25.00, a trophy, a certificate, and a social media graphic

Eligibility & Restrictions

The word limit is 1,000. This includes titles and any sub-headings. There is no minimum. Entries can be non-fiction, fiction, or fiction inspired by true events.

Entry Fee

$10AU

Deadline

Aug 01, 2020

Prize

1st: $250 AU and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Story should unpiblished and between 300 and 1,000 words long.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 03, 2020

Prize

$10

Eligibility & Restrictions

Maximum length per entry: 300 words. All writing must be the original work of the competitor and previously unpublished.

Entry Fee

5 for first entry, £3 for each additional entry

Deadline

Aug 08, 2020

Prize

1st: £50; 2nd: £30; 3rd: £20

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entry should be 1,500-1,700 words.

Entry Fee

£ 6

Deadline

Aug 15, 2020

Prize

1st: £200 and publication; 2nd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Adaptation competition seeks published books, graphic novels, short stories, and plays for film and television adaptation. There are no genre restrictions, and judging criteria is weighed evenly between concept originality, marketability in the current landscape, and overall writing talent.

Entry Fee

$60

Deadline

Aug 15, 2020

Prize

1st: $10,000; 2 runners up: $1,000 each

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions must be original, unpublished full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 15, 2020

Prize

$10,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should be a maximum of 40 lines.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Aug 28, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200; 4 finalists: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

This annual award is open to poets of all ages living in the US. Three letter-size pages max per poem.

Entry Fee

$10 per poem

Deadline

Aug 30, 2020

Prize

$500

Eligibility & Restrictions

The award is for an original book-length manuscript of political or social activist writing. This may be a full-length work, or a collection of essays/articles.

Entry Fee

$22

Deadline

Aug 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open to authors of African American heritage who are residents of Minnesota and at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing in Minnesota.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $1000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poetry: 40 lines/ Fiction: 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

Poetry: £12; Short Fiction: £18

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

£1,000, and Publictation

Eligibility & Restrictions

They are accepting entries in mystery, thriller, crime, fantasy, paranormal urban, horror and any other genre that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. With a 7,500 word minimum, both ongoing and completed books are accepted.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

August 31, 2020

Prize

$950 in total cash prizes, exclusive Inkitt badges, and social media features

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories should not have been previously published in print, on the internet or broadcast. The word limit is 5000 words.

Entry Fee

£12 – £32

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £150; 3rd: £100; ​The Trisha Ashley Award: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Full length works of fiction (novels and short story collections) only.

Entry Fee

$28

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

$10,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entry should be 40 lines maximum per poem.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

Award based on donations

Eligibility & Restrictions

Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to August’s’s theme: Daring move.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

Free class at Gotham Writers

Eligibility & Restrictions

Maximum word count:750 and Minimum: 250.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $400; 2nd: $300; 3rd: $200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Manuscripts should be unpublished and between 84 and 124 numbered pages.

Entry Fee

$25 per manuscript

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

$1,000 cash prize, book publication, and 15 author copies

Eligibility & Restrictions

Wordcount: 2000 – 5000, open to entrants aged fourteen and above.

Entry Fee

£4 per story

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50 with publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on
personal blogs are eligible.

Entry Fee

$6

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Prizes will be awarded for best unpublished poem in 3 categories: Dwarf (poems 1–10 lines [prose poems 0–100 words]); Short (11–49 lines [prose poems 101–499 words]); Long (50 lines and more [prose 500 words and up]).

Entry Fee

$3 per poem

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $150; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $25

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must not exceed 2000 words.

Entry Fee

£6 per entry

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Max word count: 60 lines for Prose and 3500 words for Prose.

Entry Fee

Poem: £3; Short Story: £4

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must live in the United States. Entries must be young adult fantasy. All entries must include a person confronting a monster in some form, whether it be hunting, combat, or other. They must be between 1000 and 10,000 words long. All entries must begin with a title and the names (or pen names) of the author(s).

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries for the short story should be a maximum of 600 words. For flash fiction it should be a maximum of 100 words. For poetry it should be a maximum of 12 lines.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

Each category: £25

Eligibility & Restrictions

‘The Next Chapter’ is open to anyone in the world. Your entry must be written in the form of an uplifting,
feel-good short story with an overall word-count of 2000.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

£100 and publication along with additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

£20,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Students of Bath Spa University studying Masters in creative writing, travel and nature writing
or writing for young people. Applicants are requested to give 50 word answers to each of the following questions: Why do you want to write? Why will this award make a difference to you?

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 02, 2020

Prize

£1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Essays submitted should be in English and of no more than 3,000 words in length.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 04, 2020

Prize

£1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across 6 categories of fiction and nonfiction: Young Adult, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Literary, Outsider/Experimental, and Non-Fiction. All entries, both fiction and nonfiction, should be at full standard industry length. This typically means, depending on the genre, anywhere from 50,000 to 120,000 words.

Entry Fee

$55

Deadline

Sep 05, 2020

Prize

$15,000 and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Story should unpiblished and between 300 and 1,000 words long.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 07, 2020

Prize

$10

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to all poets aged 18 years and over.

Entry Fee

£5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries

Deadline

Sep 14, 2020

Prize

Each category: £1000; runners up: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

This writing contest is all about book blurbs. Write and submit a back cover blurb of 100 words or fewer that sets the stage for a novel, establishes the characters, and raises the stakes in a way that makes readers want to find out more.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 15, 2020

Prize

€500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Enter a story but use only 100 words.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Sep 16, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Essays must be original, unpublished and in the theme of “Climate change in Africa”. The essay cannot be less than 15,000 or more than 20,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 17, 2020

Prize

€2,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must submit a short story of up to 2,500 words in length.

Entry Fee

£18

Deadline

Sep 18, 2020

Prize

£10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes stories of between 300 and 3,000 words in length.

Entry Fee

£10 per story

Deadline

Sep 21, 2020

Prize

£3,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Sep 22, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines.

Entry Fee

$7 per poem

Deadline

Sep 28, 2020

Prize

1st: £2,000; 2nd: £1,000; 3rd: £500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages and previously unpublished.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The award is for a previously unpublished fresh and original work of fiction, either a novel or short story collection, with a minimum of 150 pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

$1000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entires must be 250 lines maximum per poem.

Entry Fee

$15 per poem

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

$3,000, publication and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Fiction: novels that are daring, original, and innovative, the Short Story Collection seeks well-crafted and powerful book-length collections. This year, we will offer a Diverse Voices Prize, seeking book-length literary fiction and nonfiction from writers in minority, underrepresented, or marginalized communities.

Entry Fee

$25 for Fiction and short story contests. Free for the diverse voices prize

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

Fiction: $5,000; Short Story: $2,000; The Diverse Voicese Prize: $3,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

The theme for the 2020 competition is Survival. Poems are not restricted but 40 lines or under is recommended.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £100; 2nd: £50; 3rd Place: £25

Eligibility & Restrictions

Short stories should be 2000- 5000 words. The theme for the 2020 competition is Survival.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

The theme for the 2020 competition is Survival.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £100 and trailer; 2nd and 3rd: trailer

Eligibility & Restrictions

All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. Entries must be original works by the entrant, in English. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media. Entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

1st: $1000; 2nd: $750; 3rd: $500

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contestant must be born in 1990 or later. The essay can be written in any language, but a translation into English must be provided with the original text.The essay must be no more than 2000 words in the English version.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Oct 01, 2020

Prize

1st: €2500 and publication; 3 runners up: €500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Manuscripts must be original work, by a single author, in the English language.

Entry Fee

£25

Deadline

Oct 01, 2020

Prize

£1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

There is a limit of one entry per person. Submissions should be between 1000 to 2000 words. The piece of work must incorporate the theme of accessibility.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Oct 01, 2020

Prize

£500

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Oct 02, 2020

Prize

$1,500, publication and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is for emerging or previously unpublished playwrights. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. Those who have published books in other genres besides playwriting remain eligible.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Oct 02, 2020

Prize

$1,500, publication and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Story should unpiblished and between 300 and 1,000 words long.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Oct 05, 2020

Prize

$10

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories must be unpublished, may not exceed 8,000 words, and must be around this year’s topic of Place & Locality.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Oct 12, 2020

Prize

$750

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of poetry. Published books include self-published books, chapter books, or any book with an ISBN. Those who have published books in other genres besides poetry remain eligible.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Oct 16, 2020

Prize

$1,000, publication and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is open only to emerging writers who have not yet published a book of short fiction. Published books include any book with an ISBN, including self-published. Those who have published books in other genres besides fiction remain eligible.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Oct 16, 2020

Prize

$500, publication and additional prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries may be up to 1,500 words long. “Touch” is the theme for the annual Momaya Poetry Competition.

Entry Fee

$9 per poem

Deadline

Oct 30, 2020

Prize

1st: $100; 2nd: $75; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

This award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry. 48 page minimum, 96 page maximum.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

$3,000, four-week PLAYA residency, and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Wordcount: 2,000 – 10,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

$100 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

They are looking for an opening chapter up to 3,000 words, plus a one page synopsis outlining the balance of the story.

Entry Fee

£10 for one novel, £18 for two novels, £26 for three novels

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words
No previously published work will be considered.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

The award for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over.

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £5000; 2nd: £2000; 3rd: £1000

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words) in English.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Nov 01, 2020

Prize

1st: £5,000; Regional winner: £2,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Story should be Fiction, set in the present time, about a person you have seen, but whom you do not know.

Entry Fee

$15 per story

Deadline

Nov 01, 2020

Prize

$100 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 5000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Nov 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 7,000 words.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Dec 20, 2020

Prize

$2,000 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Dec 28, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Books must be written in English and published and copyrighted in 2020 to be eligible for the 2021 prize. All submitted materials become the property of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards and will not be returned. No electronic submissions of an author’s work of any kind are accepted. Entries NOT ELIGIBLE: Plays, Screenplays, Works in progress, Manuscripts, Print-on-demand, Electronically published or e-books, Self-published works. Winners are required to participate in media interviews and publicity opportunities in conjunction with the prize.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 18 years old can enter. Entries must be in English. Submissions must be unpublished, self-published and independently published writers worldwide. They should be 5,000 words plus a one-page synopsis of novel manuscripts in any genre. Children genres won’t be accepted.

Entry Fee

£15

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £2000, trophy and online publishing contract

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.

Entry Fee

€15 per poem

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

€6,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. They require a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words.

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

TBA

Prize

$12,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Adults from 20 to 35 can enter. Only unpublished work should be submitted.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

TBA

Prize

$10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Walt Whitman Award is given to honor a poet’s first book. Manuscripts must be between 48 and 100 pages.

Entry Fee

$35

Deadline

TBA

Prize

$5,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

All entries must be 1,000 words or less. Submission must be written in English about only one of three mentioned topics, student must be an undergraduate or postgraduate.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 1, 2020

Prize

£1,500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submssion must be a previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 – 4,000 words. If submission is accepted elsewhere Breakwater must be notified.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Dec 1, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions should be between 4 to 10 pages. (Up to 2500 words) and include the story title, your name, email and phone number on your submission document.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 10, 2020

Prize

$500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Email your submission along with your story to Seán Roberts.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 1, 2020

Prize

£400 and publication; 2nd and 3rd considered for publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The entry poem should be no more than 40 lines. Include the Latin phrase ‘de rerum natura’ (‘on the nature of things’) as a starting point.

Entry Fee

£12 per poem

Deadline

Dec 1, 2020

Prize

£250

Eligibility & Restrictions

The workd must be original work.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 3, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Everyone 18 years or older can enter. Write in any of four categories: fiction (3,000 words max), creative nonfiction (2,500 words max), flash prose (750 words max), and poetry (3–5 pages max) in English only.

Entry Fee

$15 per submission

Deadline

Dec 1, 2020

Prize

$250 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to women only. Poems should be in English (or English dialect) and should not have been published or accepted for subsequent publication elsewhere and should not be a translation of another author’s work and don’t include your name on the entry.

Entry Fee

£10 for up to three poems

Deadline

Dec 7, 2020

Prize

1st: £2,000 ; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250. AND publication and other prizes.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The title should not exceed 15 words including apostrophes. The story must be exactly 50 words, not more or less (title not included).

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 6, 2020

Prize

£25 Love to Shop card to be spent in mentioned stores

Eligibility & Restrictions

The story must be 6,000 words or less in English. Must be a novelist or short story writer who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 4, 2020

Prize

£30,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Story should be accessible to most teens, not just the avid readers and not more than 15,000 words. Story should be anonymous and free of any identity identifiers.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 15, 2020

Prize

1st: $50 ; 2nd: $20; 3rd: $10. All will be published.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Rntries must be in English. Only original works that have not been published (at the time of submission) in print, digital or online publications will be considered. Self-published work in blogs, on social media, etc. will be considered. All entries must be 1,500 words or less only (doesn’t include title and contact info). Entries Not eligible from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.

Entry Fee

$30 and $25 for early birds in Nov.

Deadline

Dec 14, 2020

Prize

1st: $3,000 ; 2nd: $1,500; 3rd: $500. All will be published.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Only for women writers over 40. Entries should be 20 page maximum, Word or PDF format and no poetry permitted.

Entry Fee

$0 – $45 (apply for a reduction if you cannot afford it)

Deadline

Dec 12, 2020

Prize

$1000 and one month of expense-free living at the Daisy Pettles Writer’s House ($2,500 value)

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Maximum limit is 500 words (not including the title) on one theme or subject and a key element has to be linked to nature.

Entry Fee

€10

Deadline

Dec 10, 2020

Prize

€500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it falls under 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Dec 8, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone 16 years and older can enter. Entry must be 500-1,500 words maximum in Microsoft Word format. Mention which prize you wish to be considered for first (The Roswell Award or Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award).

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 15, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter except those who have studied in a formal program with this year’s judge within the last two years. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and roughly 120-160 pages in length or 50,000-80,000 words and don’t include your name in the manuscript or title and submit in Microsoft Word or PDF formats only. Translations and self-published books are not eligible. The manuscript must be the product of only one author.

Entry Fee

$30

Deadline

Dec 15, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone 18 years and older can enter. The submission is a project (draft) of an illustrated children’s book in Polish or in English language. Submission should include a storyboard or a script of the whole book, together with 3 finished double spreads and a summary in English (obligatory) and in Polish (only if the whole project is in Polish). Length of the script should not exceed 5,400 characters including spaces. It should be your original work.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 15, 2020

Prize

€2,500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone 18 years or older can enter. Stories should be in English and between 750 and 1,000 words (story title is not included in word count). Main theme factor is dark, wild sea, no children’s lit or erotica permitted. Entry should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format and don’t include your name anywhere on the document or file. Submissions should be previously unpublished (never published in print or online, including a personal blog).Only one entry per writer.

Entry Fee

$4

Deadline

Dec 16, 2020

Prize

1st: $400; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100. All will be published.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Only Canadian resident authors can apply. Authors may provide up to a maximum of 3 manuscripts per month and must be submitted within one email in separate files in Microsoft Word format. Previously published content may not be included in any submitted manuscript. Manuscripts should be no longer than 26 pages, not including the cover page.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 4, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poems must be in English and (48-70) pages (no more than one poem per page). Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible. Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word.doc or PDF, paginated consecutively, with acknowledgments and a table of contents. The first page should include the title of the manuscript alone. Your name must not appear on the manuscript. If the manuscript is accepted elsewhere for publication Codhill must be notified.

Entry Fee

$30

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$1000 plus 25 copies

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 16 can enter. Poems must be in English and no more than 40 lines and use the ‘aspect of love’ as a prompt. The entry fee is for one poem, you can submit up to 5 poems for more fees.

Entry Fee

£4

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £400 ; 2nd: £150; 3rd: £25. AND publication.

Eligibility & Restrictions

The stories must be quick (maximum 500 words), and end in a flash! and the work must be original to the child entering and child must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter the competition.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 2, 2020

Prize

£50 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Essay should be between 8,000 and 10,000 words in length, written in English, in a form suitable for publication, and must be principally focused on some aspect of Scottish women’s or gender history. Essay should not be under consideration for publication and the author must not be in permanent academic employment . Include full name and contact details on a separate sheet, not on the essay.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 21, 2020

Prize

£100 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write uplifting manuscripts with a maximum of 1000 words (or perform orally and send us the film). Your submission should be in the spirit of the Wild Words Philosophy. If your entry is a film of a spoken word/storytelling performance, please also send us a document with the text of the piece. Audio recordings should be sent as an MP3 file. Submit it as a ‘.docx’ attachment and don’t write your name on any page in the entry.

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Dec 21, 2020

Prize

Publication and one hour 1-1 mentoring

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entries must be in English and each story must stay within the 1500 – 3000 word limit (title not included) in Microsoft Word or PDF format.Entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant. Each entry must not be currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £100 ; 2nd: £50; 3rd: £25. AND publication.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must come from publishers only. Inquiries about entries must also come from publishers. A book of poetry (at least forty-eight pages of poetry) must be a first-edition collection (i.e. not previously published in any country).

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$65,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Authors may submit one to three poems on any topic. All together, the poems should total 108 lines or less. The poem should be written in 2020. Poems must contain meter (beginners and students may simply count syllables). Rhyme and other traditional techniques are encouraged as well, but not required.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The story should be up to 500 words maximum, up to three stories per entry fee (Additional stories are accepted with additional fees). Previously published stories, including those that have appeared on websites, blogs, and personal home pages, are not eligible.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems in the sequence may have been published in different journals provided that they were published in 2020 and that brought together, they form a complete sequence. Fourteen pages of published poems unified by subject, form, and style is the minimum per submission. Self-published work is ineligible.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $2,100; 2nd: $1,000; 3rd: $1,000.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entries must not exceed 500 words. All work submitted for consideration can be on any subject (Children’s Fiction), and written in any style or form, in English. Translations into English of work written in other languages can be accepted, provided that the source text is the entrant’s own original work. Work found to be published in print or to have been broadcast or to have appeared on a website outside of these terms will be disqualified without refund of the entry fee. No entries should have won or been placed in a competition or been previously published including on any third-party online platforms.

Entry Fee

Adults: £10

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

Book illustration (£600 value) + video animation of the story (£3000 value)+ £200 + Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Your story must be no longer than 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hashtag #GWstorieseverywhere. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to December’s theme: Mother’s Advice.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

A free class at Gotham Writers

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. You can enter in any three categories: Poetry, Flash Fiction, Phone Film as long as the entry is unpublished. Poems: up to maximum of 40 lines. Flash Fiction: maximum 200 words. Phone film (on a phone): 1.5 – 2 minutes.

Entry Fee

£2

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

£50 for each category and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Manuscripts must be previously unpublished. Some or all of the poems in the collection may have appeared in periodicals, chapbooks, or anthologies, but these must be identified. Manuscripts must be at least 48 typed pages; we prefer a length of 60-100 pages but will also consider submissions falling outside this range.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$2,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 18 years old can enter. TapRead is built for longform fiction that is meant to be read in short bites! Stories should keep a fast pace with lots of payoff without losing long-term potential. At least 5K words. Content must be your own original work and adhere to TapRead’s terms of service. Fluent English skills.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 16, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $300. AND an optional paid, long-term writing contract.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The word limit is 1,000 words, no poetry permitted.

Entry Fee

$2 CAD

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$200 CAD and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entry should be 1,500 to 3,000 words and author must own the copyright and intellectual property of the story. Submission genre will be on Collective Folk Fiction. This genre focuses on several characteristics, and should contain as many of the mentioned points.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 6, 2020

Prize

$500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants should be at least 18 years of age and permanent United States residents. Write a 500-word essay on how smart city technology is changing the way we live. At the date of the award, you must be enrolled (or accepted with plans to attend) a college or university in the United States listed. Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). Field of study is related to science, technology, engineering, math (STEM)

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 18, 2020

Prize

$2,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

All 18 years old and above citizens or a permanent United States residents can enter. Write a 500-word essay; The topic: Please tell use why you are inspired to pursue a degree related to law, and how you plan on using your degree to fight for justice. At the date of the award, you must be enrolled (or accepted with plans to attend) a college or university in the United States listed. Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). Field of study is related to law, criminal justice, or political science.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 18, 2020

Prize

$2,500

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