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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.


Coming soon: Our next writing contest

Our 2019 essay contest will launch in January. Grand prize is $1,000, though every essay we receive will be considered for publication in our magazine. Bookmark this page: We’ll release more details here when the contest officially launches.

Our next short story contest will launch in late spring 2019.


Need to brush up on your skills before entering?

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

  • Minute Poetry Contest

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

    Deadline: 06/06/2019
  • Round Robin Writing Contest

    Deadline: 12/31/2037
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