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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

  • The First Page Challenge—a writing contest for novelists

    Deadline: 09/30/2020
  • 80 Word Flash Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • TWFest Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival One-Act Play Writing Contest

    Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • The Perito Prize

    Deadline: 10/01/2020
  • Book Pipeline: Unpublished

    Deadline: 10/05/2020
  • One Line Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 10/11/2020
  • 20 Word Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • TWFest Poetry Writing Contest

    Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • TWFest Very Short Fiction Writing Contest

    Deadline: 10/15/2020
  • Rhyming Poem Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 10/21/2020
  • Dribble Flash Fiction

    Deadline: 11/04/2020
  • Take A Photo Poetry

    Deadline: 11/08/2020
  • 20 Syllable Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/13/2020
  • 3-6-9 Poem

    Deadline: 11/18/2020
  • 5-7-5 Poetry Contest

    Deadline: 11/23/2020
  • Global Thriller Awards – Thriller and Lab Lit Fiction

    Deadline: 11/30/2020
  • Share A Story In A Poem

    Deadline: 11/30/2020
  • 2-4-2 Poem

    Deadline: 12/02/2020
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