Writing Competitions

WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2022 Flash Fiction Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Spring 2022 Flash Fiction Contest is open for entries until May 31, 2022.

Seeking short fiction of any genre between 250 – 750 words. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, communication, and well-rewarded recognition to contestants.

Prizes:
1st Place: $400, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $200, publication, interview and $25 Amazon Gift Certificate
7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication and interview
10 Honorable mentions receive $20 Amazon Gift Card

Entry fee: $10; critique option for an additional $10

Full details here.

Anansi Archive Writing Awards

The Anansi Archive Writing Awards are open throughout the year. There are three, open-themed categories to enter:

Poetry
Up to 500 words
Entry fee: FREE
Prize: First £20, runner-up £10

Flash Fiction
Up to 500 words
Entry fee: FREE
Prize: First £20, runner-up £10

Short Fiction
Up to 3,000 words
Entry fee: FREE
Prize: First £50, runner-up £20

In addition to cash prizes, Anansi will showcase the work on their website. They also hope to publish the best entries in their periodical anthologies.

Full details here.

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition

Cranked Anvil Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly competition which is open to writers internationally.

Entries must not exceed 500 words.

The next deadline is 31 August.

Deadlines throughout the year: 28th (or 29th) Feb; 31st May; 31st August; 30th November

Entry fee: £5 for 1 entry; £8 for 2 entries; £10 for 3 entries

Prizes: 1st prize £1500

             2nd prize £75

3rd prize £50

The two winning entries will be published on the website.

Full details here.

Cranked Anvil Quarterly Prompt Competition

The Cranked Anvil Quarterly Prompt Competition is open to all writers, all year round. Deadlines are on 1st July, 1st April and 1st October.

The prompt elements of each quarter are specified on their site (link below).

Entry fee: £5 for one entry, £8 for two, £10 for three.

Prizes:

1st prize – £150

2nd prize – £75

3rd prize – £30.

The three winning entries will be published on the website.

Word count: 700-1000, not including the title.

Full details here.

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2022 is open internationally to all adults, aged 18 or over.

Poems can be written on any subject and in any style, but must not exceed 60 lines.

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

1st Prize: £200

2nd Prize: £100

3rd Prize: £50

Closing date: 3 June 2022.

More details here.

Outsideleft Short Story Competition

The Outsideleft Short Story Competition is open internationally, to all writers aged 18 and over, until May 31st, 2022.

It is free to enter!

Short stories must be written on the theme of ‘Concrete’ and contain no more than 1000 words.

First prize is £100, a trophy and publication.

Runners-up will receive a trophy.

Full details here.

Spectrum: Poetry Celebrating Identity Competition

The Spectrum: Poetry Celebrating Identity Competition is open until May 21st, 2022.

The competition is open to anyone who wants to talk about their identity. Particularly those who do not see their identity represented in traditional or mainstream media.

It’s free to enter.

First prize: £200
Second prize: £100

Poetry length: up to 100 lines or 750 words.

Full details here.

Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Competition is open for entries, from around the world, until September 1st, 2022 at 5pm (BST).

Entrants must have a connection to the military. This can include individuals currently serving, veterans or their families.

Entry fee:

Adults are £4 per poem, or £10 for 3 poems.

Young People are FREE to enter.

Prizes in each category:

£50 in cash and a collection of poetry books

Maximum word count: 40 lines

Full details here.

Aurora Prize for Writing

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national (and international) competition, open to short story and poetry writers, until Monday 13th June 2022.

Entry fee:  £9 for first entries, £7 for additional entries

Prizes in each category:

1st Prize – £500, feedback from a matched literary agent and membership to Society of Authors.

2nd Prize – £150 cash

3rd Prize – day course from Writing School East Midlands

There are also £100 cash prizes and membership to Society of Authors for best work in each category from East Midlands writers.

Word count: Short fiction – 2,000 words

                       Poetry – 60 lines

Full details here.

Free Flash Fiction Competition

The Free Flash Fiction Competition is open until April 23rd, 2022.

Entries can be on any theme but must be between 100-300 words.

Prizes:

1st – £100 and publication

2 highly commended – A flash fiction related book and publication

Entry fee: £3 per entry.

Full details here.

Reader’s Digest 100-Word-Story Competition

The Reader’s Digest 100-Word-Story Competition is open until 5pm on 1st May 2022.

The competition is FREE to enter.

£1,000 Cash Prize for winner of main adult category and £250 for the runner-up.

12–18s children category; winner will receive a £200 book voucher or an 8GB Kindle Paperwhite and a £100 book voucher for their school, and the runner-up will receive a £100 books voucher.

Under 12s children category; winner will receive £100 of book vouchers or an 8GB Kindle Paperwhite and £100 of book vouchers for their school, and the runner-up will receive a £50 books voucher.

Min 100 Words /Max 100 Words (excluding title).

Full details here.

Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

The Tom Howard/John H Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is open for entries until April 30, 2022.

For this competition, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction.

Entry fee is $20.

Prizes:

Two top prizes of $2,000 each (one for Short Story, one for Essay), as well as a two-year subscription to co-sponsor, Duotrope.

Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $200.

All winning entries will also be published.

Word count: Up to 6,000 words.

Full details here.

Anthology Short Story Award 2022

The Anthology Short Story Award 2022 is open for entries from writers of any nationality and from anywhere around the world.

They are asking for short stories based on the theme ‘courage’.

Closing date: 31st August, 2022

Word limit: 1500.

1st prize: €500.

Entry fee:

Early bird (before 30th April 2022): €10

General: €15

Full details here.

WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest

The WOW! Women On Writing Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest is open internationally until April 30, 2022.

Seeking creative nonfiction essays on any topic and in any style. The mission of this contest is to reward bravery in real-life storytelling and create an understanding of our world through thoughtful, engaging narratives.

Word count: 200-1000 words

Prizes:

1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift card 

2nd Place: $300, publication, interview, and gift card 

3rd Place: $200, publication, interview, and gift card 

7 Runners Up receive $25 Amazon Gift Cards, publication, interview, and gift card 

10 Honorable mentions also receive a gift card

Entry fee: $12; critique option for an additional $13

Full details here.

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition 2022

The Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Competition is open until April 1, 2022.

Free to enter.

Submit published or unpublished humorous poems of up to 250 lines.

1st prize: $2,000

2nd prize: $500

10 honorable mention prizes: $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.

Full details here.