Short Story Contests, Novel Contests, and Poetry Contests:
A writing contest can serve as the perfect motivational tool to hone verse or prose. In addition, winning a writing contest can often result in a substantial cash prize as well as an accomplishment to show to agents and publishers. Most writing contests require some entry fee. They range from $5 to $50 depending on the writing competition and the prize. If you are going to enter, read the guidelines to make sure your work fits. In addition, to ensure the competition is legit, look for a detailed Contest Rules and Regulations, and make sure the contest is run by a reputable organization.
If you enter, good luck. If you know of other writing contests that should be on the list, please email us.
Featured Writing Contests
- 2012 Strongest Start Novel Competition :
- Cost: Free with membership to site starting at $7.95.
- Submit the first three chapters of your novel. Novel does not need to be finished. Criteria for winning is how compelling the first three chapters are and whether the judges want to go on to chapter 4.
- First place prize is $1,806 publishing package from CreateSpace and $300 cash.
- Three runner-ups receive $600 copyediting package from CreateSpace and $150 cash.
- Deadline:June 22, 2012
- Open to Interpretation Writing Contest
- Write about the images presented by the site.
- Judge: Patrick Thomas is the editor and program manager at Milkweed Editions.
- $300 judges choice.
- Deadline: May 1, 2012
- Discover Mystery Contest
- Enter your mystery manuscript of 60,000-90,000 words.
- Can not be previously published manuscript.
- $1,000 first prize.
- Deadline: April 30, 2012.
Know of other poetry, short story, or novel contests? Tell us and we'll list them.