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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 current writing contest

2019 Essay Contest

Our 2019 essay contest is now live. Grand prize is $1,000, though every essay we receive will be considered for paid publication in our magazine.

Enter our essay contest now >>


Need to brush up on your skills before entering the contests below?

Here’s our collection of previously published essays about writing.

Read the winning entry from last year’s essay contest.

For short story contests, 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

  • Love Poem Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 01/23/2019
  • Dribble Flash Fiction

    Deadline: 01/26/2019
  • Nonet Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 01/30/2019
  • Flash Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 02/11/2019
  • Six Word Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 02/13/2019
  • 20 Syllables Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 02/17/2019
  • Rhyming Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 02/21/2019
  • The Writer Magazine’s 2019 Essay Contest

    Deadline: 03/01/2019
  • ABC Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 03/03/2019
  • Flash Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 03/08/2019
  • Loop Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 03/24/2019

    Deadline: 04/01/2019
  • 75 Words Flash Fiction

    Deadline: 05/20/2019
  • 2-4-2 Poetry

    Deadline: 05/25/2019
  • Minute Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 06/03/2019
  • Share Your Story Writing Contest

    Deadline: 06/06/2019
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