Writing Contests

  • Apex Awards for Excellence in Publication


  • Arizona Authors Association


  • Awomanswrite Quarterly writing contest for women

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

  • Best Free Poetry Contests


  • Bulwer-Lytton Annual Fiction Contest

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

  • 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  • The Raymond Carver Short Story Award at Carve Magazine is one of the world's premier fiction awards for original, unpublished short stories.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 Submissions can be published or unpublished material, length to range between 500 and 2500 words per entry.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.)

  • 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.

  • 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  • Original, unpublished short stories, less than 5,000 words, on any theme, are sought.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.

  • Wow! Women on Writing contests

  • WOW! Women On Writing now hosts two quarterly contests: one for fiction writers and one for nonfiction writers. We’ve hosted the flash fiction contest since 2006, and over the years, writers have asked us to open up an essay contest. So we are happy to add the essay contest to our offerings. We look forward to reading your work!

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