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As you already know, The Writer encourages all of our readers to practice their craft and put their stories in front of the eyes of as many people as possible. Writing contests have always been a vital part of the writing world, giving writers the chance to have their work reviewed by editors and possibly published. Literary journals, universities and even The Writer regularly host writing competitions, helping authors gain exposure and hone their craft.

Choose your inspiration, submit before the deadline, and, as always, keep writing.

Our latest short story contest:

After the Fall short story contest - The Writer magazine

Fall in love

Fall from grace

Fall apart

A falling out

The harder they fall…

Write a 2,000-word fictional short story using any nuance, definition, or understanding of the word “fall.”

Click Here to Enter





Need to brush up on your skills before entering?

Here are a few of our favorite fiction writing articles:

You can also read our past writing contest winners or take inspiration from our huge collection of writing prompts

Upcoming Contests

  • Faith Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/15/2018
  • Dialogue Only Writing Contest

    Deadline: 11/20/2018
  • Flash Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • “After the Fall” Short Story Contest

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Third Wednesday One Sentence Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • San Antonio Writer’s Guild Annual Contest

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • WOW! Women On Writing Fall 2018 Flash Fiction Contest

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • ServiceScape Short Story Award

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • ServiceScape Short Story Award 2018

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Third Wednesday One Sentence Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Midwest Review

    Deadline: 12/01/2018
  • The Birdy Poetry Prize, by Meadowlark Books

    Deadline: 12/01/2018
  • I Can Not

    Deadline: 12/03/2018
  • Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story

    Deadline: 12/10/2018
  • Legendary Letters Writing Contest

    Deadline: 12/15/2018
  • 5 Line Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 12/17/2018
  • Rhyming Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 12/30/2018
  • Lazuli Literary Group Writing Contest

    Deadline: 12/31/2018
  • Travelnitch Publishing

    Deadline: 12/31/2018
  • Share Your Story As A Poem

    Deadline: 01/13/2019
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