200+ Writing Contests to Join in 2023

Writing could be rewarding in itself, but joining a writing contest could be even more exciting. Whether you need a push to finish your manuscript or want to get better exposure, competing with other writers is a great way to prove your talent and advance in the writing field.

Are you ready to win some awards? Take a look at the writing contests happening in 2023 and start sharpening your skills.

Eligibility & Restrictions

To apply, submit a 10,000 word novel in Englishm with a synopsis of not more than 500 words. Any entries received without a synopsis will be disqualified.The novel can’t have been published by a traditional publishing house. Anyone above 18 can enter. All genres including children’s of Middle Grade (9-12), Young Adult, and New Adult are acceptable.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

£20

Deadline

Jan 1, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000 and trophy; next five: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

The poem/s may be on any subject; 40 lines of text maximum, no minimum. Entries must never have been traditionally published, self-published, published on any website, or broadcasted in any form.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£7.5

Deadline

Jan 1, 2023

Prize

1st: £2,000; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open to all writers in English except current or former students or employees of The University of Southern Mississippi. Fiction and non-fiction entries should be 1000-8000 words; poetry entries should be three to five poems, totaling ten pages or less.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

$16

Deadline

Jan 1, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories and poems must be: unpublished, written in English and up to 2000 words long unless otherwise specified.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 1, 2023

Prize

Royalties and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submit three to five poems totaling up to 10 pages, or a short story or an essay of 1,000 to 8,000 words,

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem/Short Story/Essay

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jan 1, 2023

Prize

$1000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions must be original, previously unpublished work of fiction, no longer than 7500 words. UNO students and alumni are ineligible. Previous contest winners as well as current or former students of the judge are also ineligible to submit.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Novel

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jan 2, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions must be original, previously unpublished poetry. You may submit up to three poems per entry. UNO students and alumni are ineligible to submit. Previous contest winners, along with current or former students of the judge are also ineligible to submit.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jan 2, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and a year’s subscription to Bayou Magazine

Eligibility & Restrictions

The winning entry is considered for publication in the Carolina Quarterly. Black writers who live in North Carolina are eligible. Submit a short story or essay of up to 3,000 words

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short story

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jan 2, 2023

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 18 can enter. Only previously unpublished work in English can be submitted. Entries should be the work of a single author. For fiction: ONE short story or novel excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry. For non-fiction: ONE nonfiction piece or book excerpt, maximum 25 (double-spaced) pages per entry. For poetry: No more than SIX poems per entry, up to 10 pages total.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Novel/Short Story/Non-fiction/Poem

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jan 2, 2023

Prize

€1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a poem with exactly 15 syllables.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 2, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

To enter the contest, please submit the following: proposal or prospectus for work to be written (one to three pages including basic timeline), resumé, 3 letters of recommendation (sent directly from recommender—the online system will prompt you for their email addresses), and a writing sample of no more than 25 pages.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Creative Non-Fiction/Prose/Drama/Biography

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 3, 2023

Prize

$15,000 fellowship

Eligibility & Restrictions

Any Subject, Style or Length. Entries Must Be Unpublished. Poems on Personal Blogs Are OK.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9

Deadline

Jan 3, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $25

Eligibility & Restrictions

Typically novels around 60,000 – 95,000 words. Submit three chapters* (minimum of 4000 words, maximum 10,000 words). Open to all adults (18+) of any nationality, as long as the submission is in English and has not been published elsewhere.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 3, 2023

Prize

£1000

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Immerse Education Essay Competition is open to entries from young people aged 12-18 interested in all subjects, from Architecture to Medicine, Creative Writing to Film Studies. If participants are successful, they should be aged 13 and above before the start of their programme.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 4, 2023

Prize

A full scholarship

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries must be fictional short stories of up to 2000 words on any theme. All entries must be the original work of the author, must not have been published before the date of submission.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£6

Deadline

Jan 6, 2023

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

If a word count is not specified above there is no word count requirement. Recommended length is 5,000 words or less. This contest is open to all members. Past contest winners can join the contest. One entry per person. New entries to the site only. If you already posted a work on FanStory.com that work is not eligible for a contest.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 7, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entry should be exactly 100 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 8, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Each entry must incorporate the theme of Local Heroines. All students must be in grades K to 8 and live in the United States. Both the text and art must be solely created by the students. One book entry per person. Each book must be between 20 and 30 pages. The cover, dedication and back pages do not count towards this number

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 9, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Residents of Washington, D.C. and the select counties of Maryland (Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Frederick) and Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William) are eligible. High School entries must be residents or attend a school in Montgomery County, MD or Washington, D.C. Essays must be limited to 500 words or less about a topic of the writer’s choosing. Only one entry per person. Stories must be limited to 4,000 words or less.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 10, 2023

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $150; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Please send as much poetry or prose of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem/Prose

Entry Fee

$11

Deadline

Jan 10, 2023

Prize

$1000 honorarium and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 10, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count. Essays must be the original work of the student. Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 13, 2023

Prize

1st: $10,000; 2nd: $3,000 AND additional prizes.

Eligibility & Restrictions

The award is open for any published second novel, which must be a full-length work of fiction. The writer must have been resident in the United Kingdom (UK) or the Republic of Ireland (RoI) for the past three years. Novellas or children’s books are ineligible. Books published with vanity publishers are not eligible.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 13, 2023

Prize

£10,000 and £500 for shortlisted authors

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is only open to students who live in Oklahoma. Entries are limited to one per student in each contest.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 13, 2023

Prize

$500

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is open to anyone, except Colorado State University students, alumni, and employees. Manuscripts must be at least 48 pages but no more than 100 pages. They may be composed of any number of poems. The theme and style are both open. Manuscripts may consist of poems that have been published, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$28

Deadline

Jan 14, 2023

Prize

$2,500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Essays of up to 7500 words, Full Bleed publishes shorter, recurring columns of approximately 1000 to 2000 words. These include “Close Looks”, in which writers offer in-depth critiques of individual artworks, and “Studio Visit”, in which the writer visits with and interviews a contemporary artist. We welcome essay proposals by Nov. 15 or earlier. Alternatively, you may submit completed works by Jan. 15.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Essay/Poem/All Fiction Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The story cannot be longer than 100 words. Incorrectly hyphenated words will be counted as two words. Examples: old-man, hot-fire. The title is not included in the word limit.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short story

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

$200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Each poet may submit 15–30 pages of poems in English only (no translations).Individual poems may be previously published in any format, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished as a collection.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

1st: $5,000; 2nd: $5,000; 3rd: $5,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submitters may send up to five poems in a single document for consideration. Each poem must not exceed sixty lines. Prose poetry, experimental poetry, and poetry with a visual element are all welcome. Any submissions should be written primarily in English.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$10.99

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

$300 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Simultaneous submissions are ok, but please notify them immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Creative Non-Fiction

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $300; 3rd: $200

Eligibility & Restrictions

The application requires a project proposal, a biographical statement, and a writing sample of no more than 10 pages. Please submit all materials in one document.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Creative Non-Fiction

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems that have previously appeared online (temporarily or permanently, on your own or a third-party site) should not be submitted, nor should work that has already been published electronically or in print. Simultaneous submissions are welcome with timely notification of acceptance elsewhere.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

We’re inviting all high-school-age students to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 8th Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The sole criterion for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative stories have the best chance of winning over the judges.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 16 can enter. Novella-in-flash entries must not have been previously published in print or online, broadcasted, or won a prize. It must be written in English, between 6,000 and 18,000 words long.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novella

Entry Fee

£16

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

1st: £300; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £100 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The book of poetry submitted must be the work of a single author, at least 64 pages long, and published in 2022 by an established press. It is expected that the book will contain both new and previously published poems. Manuscripts, videos, CDs, chapbooks, and self-published books are not eligible, nor are books that have already won an award

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem/Book

Entry Fee

$36

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and an invitation to read at the annual festival

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The theme of this poetry contest is “faith”.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 15, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Competition is open to students who are currently in their penultimate year of secondary education (the equivalent of Y12 in England) and who are interested in studying a humanities or social sciences subject at university. Submitted essays should answer one of the specified questions. Pupils can submit up to 1,500 words.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 16, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250

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.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poetry

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 17, 2023

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Plays are adjudicated by at least two theatre professionals and the critique forms are available to the playwrights after the competition, by request. Comedy or drama plays of all types are accepted. Plays that should be staged or that would be loved by audiences. After all, the title is “STAGE IT!”

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Play

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jan 19, 2023

Prize

$100 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

In the 1st Round, the maximum length of the stories is 2,500 words. In the 2nd Round, the maximum length is 2,000 words. In the 3rd Round, the maximum length is 1,500 words. In the 4th Round, the maximum length is 1,250 words

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$52

Deadline

Jan 19, 2023

Prize

1st: $7,500; 2nd: $3,000; 3rd: $1,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

All entries must be in English, typed, unpublished, origi­nal, and not scheduled for publication before May, 2022. All entries not in compliance with category specifications will be disqualified.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$6

Deadline

Jan 20, 2023

Prize

Different prizes for each grade

Eligibility & Restrictions

All are welcome to submit: the only stipulation is that applicants must be 18 years of age or over. Responses and the resulting book must be in English.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Book

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 23, 2023

Prize

$100,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

All entrants must be aged 18 or over. Stories submitted MUST be your own work and a work of fiction. Stories must not exceed 3000 words, this includes the title. Should your word count exceed 3000 words, it will be disqualified from the competition.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£3

Deadline

Jan 23, 2023

Prize

1st: £300; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £75

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 16 can enter. Short Story length: Up to 3000 words maximum. It can be about any topic and in any style. Poetry length: Up to 42 lines. We are looking for poetry that is fresh and unexpected. All entries should be in English and be accompanied by a short (75 word) biography of the author and postal address. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, broadcasted, or won a prize in another writing competition.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Poem

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Jan 27, 2023

Prize

£500 plus feedback and advice

Eligibility & Restrictions

Short Story: Up to 3000 words maximum. It can be about any topic and in any style. They are looking for real storytellers who create great characters to tell them something fresh, and surprise or touch them. Poetry: Up to 42 lines.They are looking for poetry that is fresh and unexpected. Again, this can be about anything that you wish. You may have been inspired by the personal impact of recent world events or you may want to offer a story of hope for the future, the choice is yours.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Poem

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Jan 27, 2023

Prize

£500 plus feedback & publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submit your first chapter only. International entries are welcome but first chapters must be written in English and can be up to 3,000 words (no minimum word count) and on any theme and subject (except children’s fiction).

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Jan 29, 2023

Prize

Submission package, review and feedback from Rachel Mann.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poetry entries must consist of three poems under 50 lines each. Short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words. The story or poems submitted should not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. There is no restriction on theme or style.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Poem

Entry Fee

10

Deadline

Jan 30, 2023

Prize

$500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems may be on any subject, and must be in English and your own original work. They must not have been published, self-published, accepted for publication in print or online, broadcasted, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time. Length: 11–50 lines.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £150 AND publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The entry should be between 1,000-5,000 words. The work must not have been previously published. Submit works written in English only, no translations.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

$400 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed for the week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact. Poems should be newly written, during this 7-day period. There is no limit to volume of entries. Entrants should be at least 18 years of age at the date of submission.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: €750 & award; 2nd: €500; 3rd: €250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories must be your own work and not have been published, in any way, online or in print, or won any other competitions. anyone over the age of 18 can enter. Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you withdraw your entry if it wins, or is placed in, any other competition. You can enter as many times as you want but must pay each time.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction/Short Story

Entry Fee

£9

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £250; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

To enter, simply submit a short story of no more than 2,023 words. Entries must be in English, your own original work, and must not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is for anyone aged 16 and over. Poems must be in English, your original work, on any subject, in any style, no longer than 40 lines. Poems should have neither been published elsewhere (including self-published) by 18th April 2023. Nor should they be entered into any other competition for which the results will be announced prior to 18th April 2023.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

The entries can’t have been previously published. Maximum number of words is 4,000 in English.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Memoir

Entry Fee

18

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300 and a writing course; 3rd: €300 and a writing course

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writing Contest is open to GCWA members and the public — adults 18 and over, youth 11 to 17. Original, unpublished submissions only. Fiction / Nonfiction / Children’s Stories —1500 words maximum. Poetry – 40 lines maximum.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Essay/Memoir/Creative Non-Fiction/Poem

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $25

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone 16 or above can enter. The story must be exactly 100 words. Entries must be original, unpublished work which is not currently submitted for publication or entered into any other competition or award.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

£2

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

£100

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Big Moose Prize is open to traditional unpublished novels as well as novels-in-stories, novels-in-poems, and other hybrid forms that contain within them the spirit of a novel. Manuscripts should be 90-1,000 pages in length.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$27

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Both unpublished or self-published books in the English language are eligible for the BookLife Prize. Entries must contain 40,000 to 100,000 words.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Memoir/Essay/Autobiography

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

One page—maximum 500 words. Only original, unpublished, unrepresented work may be submitted. Word documents & PDFs are accepted. The winning submissions will be published on the Chopping Blog. All entrants will be notified of winners and shortlist by email.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Query Letters

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: $700; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Send only one submission per genre at any one time. (In other words, submitting a short story and an essay at the same time is fine, but please wait to hear from us before submitting another story.), All submissions must be typed and all prose double-spaced.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/ Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

$3

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Students may enter one piece of writing between 500 and 1,000 words in length, typed, and double spaced. Each entry must be original work of the entrant, and have an out door theme.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: $200; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Memoirs can be in any style or form, but must be in English, and written for adults. A 300-word One-Pager (summary of your Memoir). The opening chapters of your Memoir. (5,000 words, max). Entries will be disqualified if they are over the word limit, or have no One-Pager, and there will be no refund.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Memoir

Entry Fee

£20

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,500; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open to K–12th grade students, ages 5–19. Students must be enrolled in school to be eligible. All entries must be submitted by a parent, guardian, educator, or facilitator unless the student is 18 years old or older. Poems should not exceed 32 lines in length (written) or 3 minutes (signed). For ASL poetry, please include a brief written summary of the poem’s content.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

Different prizes for each age group and speciality

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The word limit is 1500 words.The theme for this year’s competition is “A hard day’s work” .

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems may be on any subject, must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished and not accepted for publication in any medium. They must not have been awarded a prize in any other competition. Poems should be in English and not exceed 40 lines of text, no minimum. Titles, epigraphs, dedications and blank lines are not included in the line count.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£4.50

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £600; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must be in English, unpublished and not concurrently entered for any other competition, and remain unpublished until the results are declared. Submissions should not appear in any print or online publication, social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), or forums as the competition is anonymous. There is no limit on the number of submissions per competitor.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£5.50

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

£125 and runner up prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants should submit a collection of poems. 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. The preferred length is between 60 and 100 pages.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

$2,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. Entry must be an original and previously unpublished piece of creative work in one of four categories themed around all aspects of the pandemic including “lockdown”: poetry, short fiction, children’s literature and scriptwriting.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem/Short Story/Scriptwriting

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2023

Prize

Book token and cash prize

Eligibility & Restrictions

Teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) can apply. Critical essay: 500-3,000 words. Dramatic Script: 500-3,000 word. Flash Fiction: 1,000 words. Humor: 500-3,000 words. Journalism: 500-3,000 words. Novel Writing: Up to 3,000 words. Personal Essay & Memoir: 500-3,000 words. Poetry: 20–200 lines. Science Fiction & Fantasy: 500-3,000 words. Short Story: 500-3,000 words.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Most Categories

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Differs according to the region

Prize

Up to $10,000 scholarship and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be a high school student or a home-schooled student in grades nine through twelve. Students from anywhere in the United States may enter. Poems may be in rhyme, free verse, Haiku or other accepted poetry forms and of any length, up to a maximum of 40 lines. No entry may have been previously published.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2023

Prize

A monetary award, a book, and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Elementary school student stories must be no more than 650 words. Middle school student essays must be no more than 700 words. High school student essays must be no more than 750 words. You must also include a reference list of 3-10 resources. Each resource should be listed using the APA citation style.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay/News Story/Blog Post

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Essay (max. 2,100 words, excl. abstract, bibliography, and footnotes). Individual work expected, no group work allowed. The essay must be written exclusively for this contest. The idea must be the author’s own.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2023

Prize

CHF 20,000 split among 3 winners and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers from 9-17 years of age. Total word count—2500 words or less—placed on upper right-hand corner of page 1 only. Story title must appear on every page—upper left-hand corner.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Crime/Thriller/Mystery

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Write 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.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2023

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Be current high school seniors at a public high school in the United States graduating Spring of 2023. Be 21 years of age and under. Plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or approved vocational-technical school Fall 2023.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Memoir/Poetry/Play/Personal Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2023

Prize

$10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Each entry must include a PDF or a link to the article along with the name, address, e-mail address and telephone number of the entrant, the name of the publication and the date the item was published. Entries must have appeared in print or online between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Travel/Magazine

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 3, 2023

Prize

$500 CAD

Eligibility & Restrictions

1000 Word limit (not including title page). Name or address cannot be written anywhere. All stories are separated into their respective genres and each compete in a single-elimination tournament specific to its genre.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Feb 3, 2023

Prize

$6,000 to $8,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entry should be exactly 150 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 4, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 16 can enter. Entries can be on any theme or subject but must be original and written in English. They must also be for adult or young adult readers. Non-fiction and fiction written for children under 13 years are not eligible. Max length is 300 words. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

£9-£18

Deadline

Feb 5, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be aged 30 years or under at the 7 February 2023 closing date, have been born in Australia or the United Kingdom, or are currently an Australian citizen, and have been living in Australia for the 12 months preceding the 7 February 2023 closing date.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel/Novella

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 7, 2023

Prize

$15,000 scholarship

Eligibility & Restrictions

All 2023 contest entries must have been published, e-published, broadcasted, or issued between February 1, 2022, and January 31, 2023. Entries must be produced by a current high school student or a recently graduated student who produced the work in their senior year after February 1, 2022.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Humor and commentary/Biography/ Autobiography/ Memoire

Entry Fee

$5-$40

Deadline

Feb 8, 2023

Prize

An award certificate and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

The NFPW National Communications contest is a two-tiered competition offering categories across the communication spectrum. This contest is open to anyone regardless of age, gender, professional status or location.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Creative Non-Fiction/Books/Poetry

Entry Fee

$5-$40

Deadline

Feb 8, 2023

Prize

Award certificates and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

The 2023 Next Generation Indie Book Awards is open to all indie book authors and publishers including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors in the U.S., Canada or internationally who have a book, a manuscript, or a galley proof written in English and published in 2021, 2022 or 2023 or with a 2021, 2022 or 2023 copyright date.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Autobiography/Biography/Humor/Novel/Novella

Entry Fee

$75

Deadline

Feb 10, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

The work you submit must be unpublished, and must not have been accepted for future publication or self-published. In addition, anyone who has previously had a full-length novel accepted for publication is not eligible to enter. Entrants must be resident in the UK or Ireland.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

£12

Deadline

Feb 10, 2023

Prize

£1,500 and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words on the theme of ‘love’.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 14, 2023

Prize

Arvon Residential Writing Week (worth £850)

Eligibility & Restrictions

Current and previous apprentices are not eligible. Novelists commercially published (in English) are not eligible. Self published writers are eligible.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

£16

Deadline

Feb 14, 2023

Prize

Professional input worth up £1950

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poetry and prose should be single spaced and in 12pt Times New Roman font. If your poetry or prose is visual (includes drawings or special typography) submit it as a PDF.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 14, 2023

Prize

$200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. But it must clearly be a love poem.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 14, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Sophomores and juniors in the current academic school year are eligible to be nominated by their school’s English department. Nominations should be based on whether the writer exhibits the power to inform and move an audience through language. Entries are only accepted from teachers; students may not self-nominate. Schools in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands and American Schools Abroad are eligible to nominate students. Nominating schools must be US accredited.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

Superior Writing certificate and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Eighth-grade students in the current academic school year are eligible to be nominated by a school committee or department. It is recommended nominees be decided upon by several teachers. Students MAY NOT self-nominate. Nominees must demonstrate evidence of effective writing. Schools in the United States, Canada, Virgin Islands, and American Schools Abroad are eligible to nominate students. Nominating schools must be US accredited.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

Certificate of Recognition and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

U.S. Citizen. Poets are not eligible to apply if they have studied with the judge in full-time accredited courses within the last three years. Works translated into Spanish from another language are ineligible.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

$1,000 publication prize

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is open to any short fiction writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included. Translations and previously published collections are not eligible. Length: between 150-250 pages.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$29

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

$2,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone who is an active Greensboro Review subscriber can enter. Entries must be previously unpublished. No simultaneous submissions. Length restrictions: no more than 7,500 words or 25 pages for fiction; up to 500 words for flash fiction; up to 10 pages for poetry.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Flash Fiction/ Poem

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open to Alaska residents. College students who maintain Alaska residency may enter. All judges, editorial or administrative employees of Anchorage Daily News, faculty or administrative employees of the University of Alaska and board members of the Alaska Center for the Book, and their immediate family are ineligible. Contestants may enter one work of fiction (not to exceed 5,000 words), one work of non-fiction (not to exceed 5,000 words), and up to three poems. A contestant may enter all categories in their age group.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

€200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Only books published in the United States during 2022 are eligible for the 2023 prize. U.S. Citizens. Books must be published in a standard edition (48 pages or more). Collaborations by up to two translators are eligible.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 15, 2023

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a script of any size (can be a small script as shown in the example) for any medium on any topic.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Script

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 17, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

All students enrolled in grades 9-12 in U.S. public, private and home schools within the United States. Students must submit original work. The essay should be 300-500 words. Entries may be typed or handwritten but must be double-spaced.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Feb 19, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000 scholarship; 2nd: $500 scholarship; 3rd: $300 scholarship.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submit a poetry manuscript of 75 to 100 pages. Individual poems included in the submission may have been published, as long as all rights have reverted to the poet.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Feb 20, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Both previously published and unpublished works are eligible, provided that potential publication in AZURE: A Journal of Literary Thought does not infringe on previously held rights.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Feb 22, 2023

Prize

$500 Prize and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be at least 16 years of age, and under 19 years of age, on 24 February 2023. Entrants must be in full or part-time education at a school, college or other educational institution in the United Kingdom. Students enrolled on higher education courses are not eligible to enter the competition.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 24, 2023

Prize

£5000 and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a one-stanza, five-line poem.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 24, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a poem with only 6 words.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 24, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Short stories must be in English, previously unpublished and a maximum length of 1000 words (8-13 years) or 1500 words (14+). Poems must be in English, previously unpublished and a maximum length of 30 lines typed, using a standard, legible font, double-spaced on single sides of A4 paper.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem/Short Story

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Feb 27, 2023

Prize

Different prizes for each age group

Eligibility & Restrictions

The international competition is open to all – both published and unpublished authors from all over the world – and is for short stories of up to 3,500 words. The story cannot have been previously published anywhere, or shortlisted for this competition.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story (Crime/Mystery)

Entry Fee

£12

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

£500 and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories should range between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used).

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Maximum number of words is 300. The title is not included in the word limit. The winning stories must be available for the Fish Anthology, and therefore must not have been published previously. Fish holds publishing rights for one year after publication, after which publishing rights revert to the author

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

14

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300 and online writing course; 3rd: €300

Eligibility & Restrictions

Manuscripts must be between 16 and 24 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or versions. The poems can be in verse or prose.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

$40

Eligibility & Restrictions

The competition is open to all students of school age including not only those in schools and college communities, but also students who are home educated and in any other young people’s community organisations. The maximum word count is 500 words. There is no minimum word count.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Poem/Short Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: £300; 2nd: £150; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

The word limit for criticism and fiction is 1500 words. The limit for poems is 25 lines. The limit for screenplays is 8 pages. Essays you have written at school are eligible for entry. To enter you must be in year 12 or 13.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/ Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem/Screenplay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: £100 book vouchers; 2nd: £50 book vouchers; 3rd: £25 book vouchers and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to all writers worldwide, published and unpublished, who are over 16 years by 1 September 2022. You do not have to be Scottish to enter the competition. Word limit: 2,000 words (not including the title)

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: £3,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing is a special award within the competition that is only open to unpublished writers resident in Scotland on 1 January 2022. If you have a work of fiction that has been published online or in print but were not paid for it by a publisher or competition you can qualify for the Isobel Lodge Award. Writers also qualify if they have self-published a work of fiction. Authors of commercially published non-fiction may also submit stories for the Isobel Lodge Award.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

£750 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be Canadian (citizen or resident). Submissions must be unpublished, nor can they have been accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions are accepted online only. No word limit.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$40

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Short stories: 5000 words/Flash Fiction: 1000 words /Poetry: 240 lines/Scripts: 90 pages, Each submission must be original, unpublished fiction written by the submitting author. Each submission must be entered into one of four categories including: poetry, micro/flash fiction, short stories or script writing.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Flash Fiction/ Poem/Script Writing

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: $1600 and $800 will be awarded to each of the four category winners.

Eligibility & Restrictions

You must never have had a publishing contract for any work of fiction over 20,000 words at time of entry. You must not have had any work of fiction over 20,000 words available to the public in the last five years. Manuscript submissions must fall within the prescribed word count limit of 4,500 including synopsis and excluding headings, and cannot exceed it by even a few words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Crime Novel

Entry Fee

£36

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

£500

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is free and open to all self-published authors who meet the requirements. All eBooks submitted to the contest must be: in the poetry or fiction genres, a PDF or an ePUB file, in the English language, an original work that you own the rights to, and written by an African American author born in the U.S.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

All subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

$2,500 and formal recognition

Eligibility & Restrictions

25,000 word minimum, 80,000 word maximum. Entries will be accepted via Submittable only. The award is open to all women writers with the following exceptions: Authors who have had a full-length work published by Red Hen Press, or a full-length work currently under consideration by Red Hen Press, employees, interns, or contractors of Red Hen Press, and relatives of employees or members of the executive board of directors.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

All subgenres

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems can be in any style or form, but must be in English, and written for adults. Maximum 60 lines. Enter the correct version of your work. If you make a mistake, entry fees will not be refunded.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£14

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Only haiku poems.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 28, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/horror/science. Limit: 3 poems/person, maximum 60 lines each.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 1, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems must have a title and must be no more than 40 lines, excluding the title, and be typed in black ink on one side of A4. Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published or published online or broadcast. Poems are judged anonymously so the poet’s name, address, etc., MUST NOT appear on the poem.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Mar 1, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250

Eligibility & Restrictions

This competition is open to original English language works in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. The submission must be an unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/ Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Mar 1, 2023

Prize

$500 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Applicants must be aged 18 or above at the time of entry. All entries must be written in English. Submissions must be standalone and cannot be extracts from a larger piece. A maximum of 2,500 words per entry.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 1, 2023

Prize

1st: £3,000; 2nd: £1,000 travel expense; 3rd: £1,000 travel expense

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone above 16 can enter. The title for the competition is “Breaking Point”. Length: max 1500 words. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, commended, long-listed or short-listed in another writing competition.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Mar 5, 2023

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to adults only (i.e. over 16 years of age at the closing date). Word count: A maximum of 2,200 words, excluding the title.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Mar 10, 2023

Prize

1st: £200; 2nd: £100; 3rd: £75

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries should be 750 words or less. Stories can be on any theme. Translated work is not accepted.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Mar 10, 2023

Prize

$1000 and a free 10-week course

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. There are no theme or genre restrictions. Copyright remains the property of the author.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Mar 15, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,500 and publication; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $500

Eligibility & Restrictions

All women age 40 and above, who do not yet have a book-length publication of fiction, can enter. The author must be unpublished and the entry should be in English.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel/Collection of Stories

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Mar 15, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must have never published a novel, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of America with Green Cards, and may have published any other type of work including non-fiction articles and short stories. A two-page (maximum) outline or synopsis of the entire novel and the first 50 pages of the novel-in-progress are to be submitted. A specific format for the outline or synopsis is not required.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$33

Deadline

Mar 15, 2023

Prize

1st: $10,000; 2nd: $3,000; 3rd: $2,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entries must adhere to the contest’s syllable specifications.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Mar 15, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

All poems must be written or translated into the English language, 30 lines or fewer, and must be neatly hand printed or typed.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Mar 19, 2023

Prize

1st: $250; 2nd: $125; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

All short stories may be on any subject or theme, written or translated into the English language. For example, any fiction, non-fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, diary, screenwriting, stage plays, and journal entries are accepted.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay/Short Story/Creative Non-Fiction

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Mar 19, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a poem that has a rhyme scheme. How it rhymes is up to you.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Mar 21, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

TBA (On Mar 6, 2023)

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Opinion Writing

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

Feb 21, 2023

Prize

TBA

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be Canadian (citizen or resident). Submissions must be unpublished, nor can they be accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions are accepted online only.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

$40

Deadline

Mar 28, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. There is an upper limit of 5000 words for short stories. Only unpublished work.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

€250 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. It should be between 40-100 pages of poetry. Experimental poetry, hybrid work, poetry with a visual element, prose poetry, and any avant-garde poetry are welcomed! Submissions should be primarily in English, but collections with a moderate bilingual component will of course be considered.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

$500 and publication and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

There is no publication date restriction. Submitted work can be fiction (all genres), young adult, children’s, biographies, non-fiction, self-help, cookery, poetry, photography etc. There are no limits on the type.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All generes

Entry Fee

$70

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

£2,000, a glass plaque, and a write up.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poem length is restricted to 60 lines. The title is not included in the word limit, and it must be in English. The winning poem must be available for the Fish Anthology and, therefore, must not have been published previously. Fish will hold publishing rights for one year only after publication.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

14

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

1st: €1,000; 2nd: A week in residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; 3rd: €300

Eligibility & Restrictions

Your book must be available for sale by the submission deadline. Put all the categories in which you submit on one Submission Form and be sure to place a copy of the submission form and in each book you send in, one for each category. All titles must have an ISBN and be published books.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Book

Entry Fee

$75

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

Certificate and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entries can be in any style or form, but must be in English, and written for adults. A 300-word One-Pager (story synopsis). The opening chapters of your Literary novel. (5,000 words, max). Entries will be disqualified if they are over the word limit, or have no One-Pager, and there will be no refund.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

£20

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,500; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Prose poems can be in any style or form, but must be in English, and written for adults. Maximum 50 lines. Enter the correct version of your work. If you make a mistake, entry fees will not be refunded. (You will have to enter again.)

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200; 3rd: £50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be in kindergarten through twelfth grade, and must be a legal resident of Kentucky. Only single-author stories written within the current school year are eligible.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Poem/Short Story/ Graphic Novel/ Illustrated Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

Recognition

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions shall be no more than 2,500 words in length. Contestants shall be no younger than 14 and no older than 18 years of age as of May 29 in the contest year and shall reside or attend school in Maryland.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2023

Prize

1st: $150; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Length limit: 250 lines maximum. Authors from all countries eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). The poem you submit should be in English.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Apr 1, 2023

Prize

1st: $2,000; 2nd: $500 and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Only unpublished work of a full-length collection of poems (48 pages or more) is eligible; those with chapbooks may participate. Manuscript should be 48-80 pages.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

Apr 1, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is limited to only the first 50 double-spaced pages of unpublished English-language manuscripts containing elements of thriller, mystery, crime, or suspense NOT currently under contract.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$40

Deadline

Apr 1, 2023

Prize

Discounted admission (a $285 value!)

Eligibility & Restrictions

Students whose parents are not in the Foreign Service are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or if they are U.S. citizens/lawful permanent residents attending high school overseas.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Apr 3, 2023

Prize

$2,500 and other paid trip prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Only Oklahoma residents are eligible to enter. Poems will be judged in 4 categories: K-4th, 5th-8th, 9th-12th, and Adult. The maximum length for poems is 30 lines. Poems can be rhymed or unrhymed.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Apr 7, 2023

Prize

Cash prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Manuscripts must be between forty-eight and ninety pages. Individual poems may have been published in chapbooks, journals, and anthologies. Work in translation is not accepted.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Book

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 15, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

TBA (On Apr 3, 2023)

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

Apr 18, 2023

Prize

TBA

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a poem of any type. But there must be a rhyme scheme.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 20, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Residents of the following countries are not eligible to enter: Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea, Russia, and Belarus (due to US government restrictions). You may submit stories and essays on any theme, up to 6,000 words each.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/ Essay

Entry Fee

$22

Deadline

Apr 30, 2023

Prize

$3,000 and publication and other prizes.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Do not include any preambles, or bios within your submitted manuscript. Manuscripts must have a table of contents. Manuscripts must be typed in a no less than 12-point font, paginated, and 48 – 84 pages in length (single spaced).

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2023

Prize

$1,000, publication and gift certification.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Acceptable publishing dates for books submitted for the 2023 President’s Book Awards will be books with a copyright date from 2021 to 2023. There are 37 categories in which you may enter. The same book may be entered in multiple categories.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres/Book

Entry Fee

$95

Deadline

Apr 30, 2023

Prize

Certificate, publication and more prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

For the purposes of this competition, an adventure novel is defined as an original, invented (fictional) prose narrative between 50,000 and 200,000 words dealing with a series of human experiences through a connected sequence of events that are action-adventure in nature.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$60

Deadline

Apr 30, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000; two finalists : $500.

Eligibility & Restrictions

Only students enrolled in grades K–12 in public, private, and parochial schools, and those in home-study programs can apply. Past winners may not compete in the same category again. The entry should be approximately 1,000 words.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 1, 2023

Prize

$500 and one-year WHA membership

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. This is a “New Arrival” contest which is designed to welcome new members to the site.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

May 1, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Rhyming Poem and Non-rhyming Poem: 40 lines maximum. Only count the lines containing text. Do not count blank lines between stanzas & do not count the title or contact information. Memoirs/Personal Essay, Nonfiction Essay or Article and Children’s/Young Adult Fiction: 2,000 words maximum.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story/Essay/Memoir/Screenplay

Entry Fee

$35

Deadline

May 5, 2023

Prize

1st: $1,000 and publication; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Loop Poetry requires that the last word of each line becomes the first word of the next line. The rhyme scheme is abcb.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

May 6, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

TBA (On May 8, 2023)

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Food Writing

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

May 16, 2023

Prize

TBA

Eligibility & Restrictions

All students who are legal US residents or citizens, older than 14 and younger than 19, may apply. Each submission must adhere to the topics and should fully answer the question and all sub-parts. Each submission must adhere to the word limits for each question (between 500 and 800 words).

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 21, 2023

Prize

1st: $7,500; 5 Runner Ups: $1,500 each.

Eligibility & Restrictions

The submitted work must be between 78 – 82 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

May 26, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrants must be Canadian (citizen or resident). Submissions must be unpublished, nor can they be accepted for publication elsewhere. Submissions are accepted online only. While there is no word limit to short fiction entries, most fall within the range of 2000 – 5000 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$40

Deadline

May 28, 2023

Prize

$1,000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Share a poem that is about your faith or how faith has impacted your life. Any type of poem accepted.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

May 30, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. No erotica. No graphic violence. Published works before Jan 1, 2020 will be disqualified. All works that have been published must be published after Jan. 1, 2020. Novels must be 60,000 plus words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Science Fiction

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Cover page should include the title, but remove any contact information (name, email address, etc.). Logline and genre on the title page as well is preferred. Co-writers are allowed. List each writer’s name when registering your script. Script should be an original pilot. We will not be accepting spec scripts of existing shows.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Script

Entry Fee

$45~$75

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

$25,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers above 16 living in Britain and Ireland and British writers living overseas can enter. Entries must be an exclusive effort and writers must not have previously published a novel, (although self-published and ebooks are accepted). Novel entrants who have had other types of books traditionally published e.g. poetry, memoir, non-fiction, are eligible to submit. Length: between 5,000 to 8,000 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

£20

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,500; 2nd: £750

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers above 16 writing in English can enter. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition. Short story length: 5000 words max.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£12

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £5,000; 2nd: £1,000; 3rd: £500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers above 16 writing in English can enter. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition. Poetry length: 42 lines max.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £5,000; 2nd: £1,000; 3rd: £500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers above 16 writing in English can enter. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published, published on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition. Flash fiction length: 250 words max.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

£9

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. Entries must be in the English language. No erotica. No graphic violence. Published works before Dec. 31, 2019 will be disqualified. Novels must be 60,000 plus words. Each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Mystry

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

€250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence. Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2018 will be disqualified.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

May 31, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Story length: 500 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jun 7, 2023

Prize

1st: £75; 2nd: £25

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a poem about a photo you’ve taken.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jun 8, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

All students aged 11 – 18 can apply. All entries must be original work in English and not previously submitted. Students ages 11-14 may enter the Junior Division (Creative Writing: up to 750 words; Poetry & Spoken Word: no more than 1 page). Students ages 15-18 may enter the Senior Division (Creative Writing: up to 1,250 words; Poetry & Spoken Word: no more than 2 pages).

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Creative Writing/Poem

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 13, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jun 14, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submissions are accepted only through the electronic submission system. Submissions through postal services or email aren’t accepted. All manuscripts should be in 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and sequentially numbered pages. Fiction and nonfiction should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All Subgenres

Entry Fee

$27

Deadline

Jun 15, 2023

Prize

$4,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Submitted stories must: Be between 900 and 5000 words, written in the English language, wholly the original work of the entrant, written solely by the entrant, and the author must own all rights to the story.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jun 15, 2023

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Each manuscript should consist of a 20-30 page chapbook in a standard 12-point font. Chapbooks may not have been previously published nor be forthcoming, though individual poems may have been published elsewhere (provided rights have reverted to the author).

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jun 15, 2023

Prize

$1000 and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a story that starts with this sentence: The house was empty. You have the option to put it in quotes (for dialogue) and to change the punctuation at the end for proper grammar.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jun 16, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poem should have three stanzas. The subject can be anything.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jun 18, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

TBA (On Jun 5, 2023)

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Letter Writing

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

Jun 20, 2023

Prize

TBA

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. It has to be a nonet, but it can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jun 30, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter except those from Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea, Russia, and Belarus (due to US government restrictions). Length limit: 200,000 words maximum in English. You may submit a collection of short stories or essays as a single entry.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poetry/Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir/Book

Entry Fee

$75

Deadline

Jun 30, 2023

Prize

$10,000, marketing analysis and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Must be original and unpublished. Each entry must consist of a single sentence. The entry shouldn’t go beyond 50 or 60 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 30, 2023

Prize

Cash prizes and publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories must be no longer than 2,500 words in length. This includes the title. To make this crystal clear, if your entry contains 2,502 words or more, it will be disqualified. There is no minimum word count.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

£15

Deadline

Jun 30, 2023

Prize

1st: £1,200; 2nd: £600; 3rd: £300

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jul 7, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. The subject can be anything.

Genre

Poetry

Sub-Genre

Poem

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jul 11, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Put your readers on edge or terrorize them.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Horror/Thriller

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jul 15, 2023

Prize

$100 and feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

TBA (On Jul 3, 2023)

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Creative Nonfiction

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

Jul 18, 2023

Prize

TBA

Eligibility & Restrictions

All women can enter. Entries should be creative non-fiction in English. Maximum words: 1000. Minimum words: 200.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

Essay/Creative Non-Fiction

Entry Fee

$12

Deadline

Jul 31, 2023

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $300; 3rd: $200 AND publication and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

All work must be original and will be checked for plagiarism. Entries should not have been previously published. You may enter one poem and/or one short story only! Poems must be 48 lines or less.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Poem/Short Story

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jul 31, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence, please. Published works before January 1, 2019 will be disqualified.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Jul 31, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence. Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2018 will be disqualified.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Jul 31, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Theme: Detour. Length: maximum 1,000 words. Stories can be a fictional tale or a tale inspired by a true story.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$15AU

Deadline

Aug 1, 2023

Prize

$250AU and publication and other prizes

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence. Published works before Dec. 31, 2019 will be disqualified.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Aug 30, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ in English. To enter, submit an original, unpublished short story, written in English on the subject of ‘Memories’ with a maximum of 1,500 words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

18

Deadline

Aug 31, 2023

Prize

1st: €1,000 and publication; 2nd: €250; 3rd: €150

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence. Published works published before January 1, 2019 will be disqualified. Novels must be 50,000 plus words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel (Romance)

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Aug 31, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pubs and Word files accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence. Copyrighted works before Dec. 31, 2019 will be disqualified. 20,000+ word count .

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novel

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. No erotica. No graphic violence. Published works before Dec. 31, 2019 will be disqualified. Novels must be 60,000 plus words.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Novels (Thriller)

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Early Readers and Picture Books may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pub accepted. All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. Published works before Dec. 31, 2019 will be disqualified.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Early Readers/Picture Books

Entry Fee

$55

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Books may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published or Traditionally Published. E-pubs accepted. Word Documents and PDFs are accepted. All published books must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission. Works published before Dec. 31, 2019 will be disqualified. Books must be 50,000 plus words.

Genre

Non-Fiction

Sub-Genre

All subgenres

Entry Fee

$99

Deadline

Sep 30, 2023

Prize

Chanticleer Editorial Book Review Package

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction between 250 and 2500 words in length. Multiple entries are welcomed. Total entries limited to 200.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Oct 15, 2023

Prize

$300

Eligibility & Restrictions

The submitted story must be less than 4,000 words. No previously published work will be considered. The writer’s name and contact information should only appear within the cover letter box in Submittable.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Short Story

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Oct 31, 2023

Prize

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

Eligibility & Restrictions

Your story must be 53 words—no more, no less—titles are not included in the word count. Stories not meeting this rule will be disqualified. Send only stories; poetry with line breaks will not be considered. Hyphenated words count as one word. One submission per person. There are no age restrictions.

Genre

Fiction

Sub-Genre

Flash Fiction

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

15th of Every Month

Prize

Publication, a free book from Press 53

Eligibility & Restrictions

Stories up to 1,000 words long on any theme/genre are welcomed . Stories must be no longer than 1,000 words excluding title. Stories may be submitted at any time as submissions are open on a rolling basis. Stories can be previously published or unpublished, and writers may submit multiple stories for consideration.

Genre

Fiction/Non-Fiction/Poetry

Sub-Genre

All subgenres

Entry Fee

£3.50

Deadline

Monthly

Prize

£50 and publication

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