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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:
2020 Summer Flash Contest

Summer seems like the right time to write short. Show us your very best work in any genre, fiction or nonfiction. The catch? We’ll only accept works that are 1,000 words or less. 

Deadline: August 12th, 2020
Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine
Word count: 1,000 words or less
Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website,; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on as well.

Enter our 2020 Summer Flash Contest!


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

  • 15 Syllable Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 08/06/2020
  • Flash Fiction – Police

    Deadline: 08/10/2020
  • 2020 Summer Flash Contest

    Deadline: 08/12/2020
  • 5 Line Poem Contest

    Deadline: 08/14/2020
  • Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest – SUMMER 2020

    Deadline: 08/15/2020
  • Ligonier Valley Writers’ Flash Fiction Contest

    Deadline: 08/15/2020
  • True Story Writing Contest

    Deadline: 08/19/2020
  • Rhyming Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 08/23/2020
  • Lewis County Writers Guild 2020 Writing Contest

    Deadline: 08/24/2020
  • Write A Script

    Deadline: 08/30/2020
  • Inkitt’s Midsummer Mystery Contest

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • Under the Hooded Monster Contest

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • Cultural Weekly’s 8th Annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • Chatelaine Awards – Romantic Fiction

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • 2020 SFPA Science Fiction/Fantasy Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • Haiku Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • La Viness Short Story Writing Contest

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • Book Pipeline: Adaptation

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • 2021 Miami University Novella Prize

    Deadline: 08/31/2020
  • La Piccioletta Barca – Competition 2020

    Deadline: 09/01/2020
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