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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

  • Non-Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 02/21/2020
  • 100 Word Flash Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 02/28/2020
  • Twist & Twain Short Story Contest

    Deadline: 02/29/2020
  • Rhyming Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 03/07/2020
  • 3 Line Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 03/20/2020
  • Love Poem Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 03/25/2020
  • KiMo TEN Contest

    Deadline: 03/31/2020
  • One Line Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 03/31/2020
  • Loop Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 04/12/2020
  • Haiku Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 04/15/2020
  • Dribble Flash Fiction

    Deadline: 04/20/2020
  • Take A Photo Poetry

    Deadline: 04/24/2020
  • Share A Story In A Poem

    Deadline: 05/06/2020
  • Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

    Deadline: 06/01/2020
  • 2020 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award

    Deadline: 06/01/2020
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