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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.

Enter The 2021 Fall Short Story Contest!

Submit your best fictional work in less than 2,000 words for your chance to win $1,000.

Deadline: December 15, 2021
Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine
Other prizes: Second prize: $500 and publication on; third prize: $250 and publication on

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

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