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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 Essay Contest

Submit your best essay for your chance to win $1,000 and publication in our magazine! Any subject or topic is fair game, as long as your submission is a work of nonfiction 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

  • Unmapped: migrants stories of New York

    Deadline: 02/29/2020
  • TreadBikely Cycling Story Contest

    Deadline: 03/01/2020
  • Mistakes Were Made

    Deadline: 03/01/2020
  • Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

    Deadline: 03/01/2020
  • Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

    Deadline: 03/01/2020
  • 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
  • Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award

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

    Deadline: 03/31/2020
  • An Axe to Grind 2020: a flash fiction contest

    Deadline: 03/31/2020
  • Nimrod Literary Awards

    Deadline: 04/01/2020
  • 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
  • 20 Syllable Poem

    Deadline: 04/26/2020
  • The Page Turner Awards

    Deadline: 04/30/2020
  • Adventure Writers Competition

    Deadline: 04/30/2020
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