Writing Contests

NEW CONTEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND UNDERGRADS
  • The Student Stowe Prize, established by the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in 2012, recognizes outstanding writing by United States high school and college students that is making a tangible impact on a social justice issue critical to contemporary society. Issues may include, but are not limited to, race, class and gender. Entries must have been published or publicly presented.The Student Stowe Prizes will next be awarded in June 2016 at the Stowe Centerís fundraising event, the Big Tent Jubilee. The Student winners will also be featured at the Real Stories of Social Change panel, a free public program immediately preceding the Big Tent. The recognition includes a $2,500 prize for the college winner and a $1,000 prize for the high school winner. The winning entries are printed in the Big Tent program book and posted on the Stowe Centerís web site. Nominations must be postmarked by: January 15, 2016. Download Flyer at https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/worxcms_files/2016-Flyer.pdf. Download Entry Forms at https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org/worxcms_files/SSP-Entry-Form-2016.pdf

  • ANNUAL AAAS Science Journalism Awards Competition

  • Prizes awarded to reporters for excellence in science writing in each of the following 6 categories: large newspaper (over 100,000 daily circulation), small newspaper (under 100,000 circulation), magazine, radio, television, and online. Online entries can come from a variety of digital sources: newspaper, radio, television, and online-only sites. Online entry form must accompany all submissions. PRIZE: $3,000 in each of 6 categories. Deadline: August 1, (every year)

  • Amy Foundation (The)

  • The Amy Foundation Writing Awards program is designed to recognize creative, skillful writing that presents in a sensitive, thought-provoking manner the biblical position on issues affecting the world today. To be eligible, submitted articles must be published in a secular, non-religious publication and must be reinforced with at least one passage of scripture.

  • Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Randís Novel Atlas Shrugged


  • Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Randís Novel The Fountainhead


  • Annual Essay Contest on Ayn Randís Novelette Anthem


  • Apex Awards for Excellence in Publication


  • Arizona Authors Association


  • Arts Awards

  • Cash/Opportunities for Writers Poets Graduating HS. Awards for young artists.

  • Awomanswrite Quarterly writing contest for women

  • Features a critique for every entrant and a cash prize for the best submission.

  • Bella Online Contest Listing

  • Best Free Poetry Contests


  • Boston Review's annual short story and Poetry contests

  • A political and literary forum.

  • Bulwer-Lytton Annual Fiction Contest

  • The want the worst, purple prose beginning of a story.

  • Canadian Writer's Journal Semi-annual Short Fiction Contest


  • Carve Magazine Short Story Contest

  • The Raymond Carver Short Story Award at Carve Magazine is one of the world's premier fiction awards for original, unpublished short stories. Maximum length: 10,000 words. Prize money totals $2,000. All submissions are considered for publication. International entries welcome. Entry fees: $15 (one), $25 (two), $30 (three). Only three entries per author are permitted.

  • Annual Earth Vision Nature Writing Contest

  • The deadline for receipt of entries is October 15, (every year). First prize: $500. Second and third prizes: $100 each. Two honorable mentions. This contest is open to any writer in English producing an original short piece of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetic prose, or poetry on a theme of nature, deep ecology, spiritual ecology, or any work that has some element of nature woven into it. Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry. One title per entry, you can enter as many times as you like, new entry fee to accompany each entry. Entry fee: $12 (U.S.)

  • Naval Institute Press Enlisted Essay Contest

  • The top three essays will be published in the Naval Institute's flagship journal, "Proceedings," and the winning authors will receive cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000, and $500. All enlisted active-duty, reserve, or retired personnel of all service branches and countries are encouraged to submit essays of 2,500 words or less on any subject relevant to military service.

  • Fanstory.com Contests

  • Various contests with varying deadlines

  • Florida Freelance Writer's Contest

  • The contest is open to all writers. You do not have to be a member of Florida Freelance Writers Association (FFWA) or a resident of Florida. Nonfiction, fiction, children's literature, poetry divisions.

  • Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award

  • The Munster Literature Centre is pleased to announce it will be offering a prize of 50,000 Euros for the best original collection of Short Stories published in English, anywhere in the world.

  • Glimmer Train Awards for Fiction

  • Glimmer Train Press offers a number of awards for literary short fiction each year. The prize money for short stories less than 2,000 words, for example, totals $2,000. A reading fee of $10 is required. The Press is also open for submissions with no reading fees.

  • Intergeneration Foundation's Annual Storytelling Contest

  • Open to all ages, this short story contest is designed to promote intergenerational understanding. Maximum length: 750 words. Cash prizes total $700. No entry fees.

  • International Annual Fish Short Story Prize

  • Original, unpublished short stories, less than 5,000 words, on any theme, are sought. Deadline: November 30, each year. Entry fees: $16 for one, $11 each additional. First Prize: $2,500. The best eighteen short-listed stories will be published in an anthology, read by leading literary agents.

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