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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 contest: 2019 Fall Short Story Contest


Submit your best fictional work in 2,000 words or less to our annual fall short story contest and you could win $1,000 and publication in our magazine! Any genre is fair game as long as it’s a work of fiction – no essays, memoir chapters, or poetry, please. 

Deadline: December 2nd, 2019

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Other prizes: $500 and publication on our website (second place); $250 and publication on our website (third place)

Submit today for your chance to win!


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

Upcoming Contests


    Deadline: 10/20/2019
  • Annual Barren Flash Fiction Prize

    Deadline: 10/30/2019
  • “Motion” International Call – Art & Literature Journal – Deadline October 31, 2019

    Deadline: 10/31/2019
  • Halloween Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 10/31/2019
  • Halloween Flash Fiction

    Deadline: 10/31/2019
  • The OZMA Book Awards for Fantasy Fiction

    Deadline: 10/31/2019
  • 2020 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/01/2019
  • Wingless Dreamer Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/01/2019
  • Lune Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/03/2019
  • Flash Fiction – True Story

    Deadline: 11/05/2019
  • BlueCat Screenplay Competition

    Deadline: 11/11/2019
  • Scribble Short Story Contest for Beginning and Emerging Writers

    Deadline: 12/01/2019
  • Two Line Poem

    Deadline: 12/02/2019
  • Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – Winter 2019-2020

    Deadline: 12/28/2019
  • This Story Starts With This Sentence

    Deadline: 01/07/2020
  • Faith Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 01/10/2020
  • The Cosmos Prize

    Deadline: 01/15/2020
  • 3 Line Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 01/23/2020
  • Tanka Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 02/02/2020
  • 2019 Accenti Writing Contest

    Deadline: 02/03/2020
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