Autonym Poetry

Write a four line poem. The first line is only one word. Second and third line can be formatted as you wish. The last line is the antonym of the word on the first line. Words that are opposite or nearly opposite in meaning are called antonyms. Examples are big and small, or long and …

Published: September 26, 2016

24-Hour Short Story Contest – Winter, 2017

On the date of the contest, at start-time, we send out the topic for that specific contest to all registered entrants, while also posting it on Entrants must be registered before the contest begins and there is a limit of 500 participants per contest. Entrants then have 24 hours to write and submit their …

Published: September 26, 2016

Our Darkest Hours

Write a fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “dark.” Word count: 2,000 words or less. For complete submission guidelines, visit • The submission deadline is midnight eastern time on November 15th, 2016. • The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees). All entries MUST be submitted through Submittable …

Published: September 26, 2016

Tethered by Letters’ 2016 Fall Writing Contest

Contest Submissions TBL is pleased to announce the F(r)iction Fall Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Winners of the contest will be published in …

Published: September 26, 2016


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 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