Fiction

#storieseverywhere

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #storieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class. Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.” Our theme for the …

Published: September 16, 2016

Frightening First Line Contest

Autumn is the season of rustling leaves, a chill in the air, and, of course, Halloween. In that spirit, we invite you to create the first line of a frightening story. Just the first line. But we want that first line to be so intriguing or chilling or scary that it makes our skin tingle …

Published: September 16, 2016

Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is a writing competition sponsored by the stage and radio series, Selected Shorts. This long-running series at Symphony Space in New York City celebrates the art of the short story by having stars of stage and screen read aloud the works of established and emerging writers. Selected Shorts …

Published: September 16, 2016

WritersWeekly.com Fall, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest

The WritersWeekly Fall, 2016 24-Hour Short Story Contest is THIS WEEKEND! The fall contest always has a crispy, cool theme and it’s our favorite each year! In case you’re not familiar with our quarterly contest, this is how it works. On the date of the contest, at start-time, we send out the topic for that …

Published: September 16, 2016

2-4-2 Poetry Contest

This poem only has three lines that follows the 2-4-2 syllable count. So the first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line has 2 syllables again. The subject can be anything. Rhyming is optional.

Published: September 14, 2016

5-7-5 Poetry Contest

A 5-7-5 follows the structure of a Haiku but without any limitation to the topic. Write a free form poem with one limitation – the syllable count. A 5-7-5 poem has three lines. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.

Published: September 14, 2016

Halloween Poetry

Write a poem that captures the fun, horror or excitement of Halloween. This contest is for poems of all types.

Published: September 14, 2016

Tanka Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a form of poetry that often follows a specific syllable count. line 1 – 5 syllables line 2 – 7 syllables line 3 – 5 syllables line 4 – 7 syllables line 5 – 7 syllables It contains five unrhymed lines of …

Published: September 14, 2016