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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: 2020 Fall Short Story Contest

Submit your best short story for your chance to win $1,000 and publication in our magazine! Any genre is fair game as long as your submission is a work of fiction under 2,000 words.


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

  • 2020 Slackjaw Humor Writing Challenge

    Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Poetry London Prize

    Deadline: 05/01/2020
  • Share A Story In A Poem

    Deadline: 05/06/2020
  • Crook’s Corner Book Prize

    Deadline: 05/15/2020
  • Sonnet Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 05/21/2020
  • The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Ficton

    Deadline: 05/24/2020
  • The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

    Deadline: 05/24/2020
  • Lune Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 05/30/2020
  • Dante Rossetti Awards – Young Adult Fiction

    Deadline: 05/30/2020
  • Gertrude Warner Awards – Middle Grade Fiction

    Deadline: 05/31/2020
  • Arizona Mystery Writers Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest

    Deadline: 06/01/2020
  • TreadBikely Spring 2020 Short Story Contest

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

    Deadline: 06/01/2020
  • Animaux fabuleux / Amazing Beasts

    Deadline: 06/01/2020
  • True Story Flash

    Deadline: 06/03/2020
  • Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

    Deadline: 06/04/2020
  • 5-7-5 Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 06/08/2020
  • Minute Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 06/14/2020
  • Share Your Story Writing Contest

    Deadline: 06/16/2020
  • Four Line Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 06/20/2020
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