Writing Contests

Writing contests offer writers the opportunity to earn recognition in the publishing field. Contest sponsors may submit their guidelines at Submit Your Announcement.

  • Entry fee: $20
    Grand prize: $1000 and publication
    Judges: Poetry, Heather Christle; Fiction/Prose, Alissa Nutting; Nonfiction, Mary Roach
    Deadline: September 1st, 2015

    The entry fee covers one 7,000 word fiction or nonfiction submission, or one packet of up to three poems. Writers may submit multiple entries. Only previously unpublished work will be accepted. See website for more information.

    Bronwyn Valentine

  • Entry fee: $5 per entry
    Grand prizes: 1st place - $150, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50
    Contest opens on: June 15th, 2015
    Contest ends on: September 15th, 2015

    The Springfield Writers' Guild 22nd Annual Prose and Poetry Contest will soon be accepting submissions. See website for full submission details.

    Yvonne Erwin

  • Deadline: Open Year Round

    Darker Times Fiction is host to a monthly short story competition open to UK and international writers. They accept stories up to 3,000 words on the theme of 'darker times.' The competition closes on the last day of each month at midnight GMT and winners and runners up will be announced on the 5th of the next month. Entry fee of £5 required for each submission. See website for more information and complete guidelines.


    Jessica Coleman