2019 Worldwide Writing Competitions

The Writing District ContestThis is a monthly short story contest.

Deadline: The last date of the month

Word count: 3,000

Theme: Open

Email submission: competition@thewritingdistrict.com

Prizes: $50 to the overall winner

Visit their website for more info: The Writing District

Micro Sweek Flash Fiction Contest

This is a monthly flash fiction contest. Each month has its own theme.

Prize: $50 for the overall winner

Deadline: The 22nd day of every month

Word count: 250 words

In addition, there is a prize of $15 for the best feedback to the stories updated for each particular month.

Familiarize yourself with the general rules that have been outlined in Sweek Blog pertaining to the monthly flash fiction contest.

Click here to find out Sweek’s flash fiction contest theme for each month.

Theme: Open

Word count: 3,000 words

Only one entry per person.

Prize: $30

The winner of a particular month will be notified by the organizer of this contest by the 30th day of the following month.

Check them here to learn more.

Furious Fiction

Can you beat the deadline in as little as 55 hours after receiving the short story prompt? This is your chance to put your writing skill into test. Once the prompt is displayed in the organizer’s website, on the first Friday of every month, you have to race against the clock to write a 500-word short story (or less) in less than 55 hours to win AUD$500.

Click this link to learn more.

The Third Word Press

In this contest, you are required to write flash fiction of not over nor under but exactly 80 words. “Your submission can be an extract from a longer work; a full story with a beginning, a middle and end; or it can simply be a scene – it’s what you do with it that is of interest. You can submit as many pieces as you like per competition.”

Deadline: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

Prize: £20 and your work will be published on the organizer’s website.

Details here.

Writer Contest

This is a quarterly contest which occurs four times a year.

Type of contest: Scientific and Fantasy genres

Word length: 17,000 words

“The contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.”

Prizes: $1000, $750, $500 including trophies. Additionally, the winners of the quarterly contest will compete to win the annual prize of $5,000.

You can submit through email or snail mail.

Details here.


This boutique publishing firm offers a prize of a publishing contract to its contest winner. Submit a novel of 20,000 words or more in any fiction genre (no fanfic, short stories or poetry).

Inkitt runs contests regularly, so be sure to check back often! And the judgments are partially crowd-sourced, with Inkitt community engagement and votes counting for 20% of your final score — so it’s got a unique kind of egalitarianism to it.

Deadline: See individual contest pages.


Stuck with writer’s block and looking for a way to jumpstart your escape? Prose offers weekly challenges meant to spark your creativity; many are just for fun, but look for the weekly numbered challenges posted by Prose (rather than community members or sponsors) for a chance to win money.

Prizes are typically between $100 – $200 and word counts are low — some as low as under 150, some as high as 500, but all say “quality beats quantity.” So even if all you get from the prompt is a chance to flex your brain, it’s not a bad deal.

Deadline: Weekly.

African Poetry Book Fund Prizes

The APBF awards three prizes annually for African Poetry. The Glenna Luschei Prize for Afican Poetry gives $1,000 for a book of original African poetry published in the prior year.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets gives $1,000 and a publication contract for a book-length collection of poetry by an as-yet-unpublished African author.

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize is a new prize that grants £3,000 to a poet who was born in Africa, is a national of an African country or has African parents, who has not yet had a full-length book of poetry published. (U.S. citizens qualify.) To submit, you’ll need 10 poems.

Deadlines: See individual prize pages.

Creative Writing NZ Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 3,000 words. Open to all nationalities. You must be aged 18 and over to enter. Prize: NZ$30. The winning author will also be offered publication on their website. More here.


Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]


A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]


1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.



TS Eliot Prize

Top Prize: £20,000 | Categories: Collection | Deadline: August | Fee: None

Awarded annually for the best collection of verse published in the UK or Ireland that year. One of the most prestigious British poetry prizes. This prize is administered by the Poetry Book Society and supported by the estate of renowned poet TS Eliot, after whom it is named.

Sean O’Faolain Short Story Competition

Top Prize:€2,000 | Categories: Short Story | Deadline: August | Fee:€12

Winners are published in Southword. Previous prizes have also included a week-long residency and an expenses-paid trip to the Cork International Short Fiction Festival. The organizers say, “The Sean O’Faolain Short Story Competition […] is dedicated to one of Ireland’s most accomplished story writers and theorists, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre.”

Young Lions Fiction Award

This $10,000 award recognizes “young authors,” which the rules define as any author aged 35 or younger. Submit any novel or short story published or scheduled to be published in the calendar year. Works must be written for adults; children’s or YA pieces are ineligible.

Deadline: Annually in the fall (most recently in August or September). Deadline for submissions for 2019 awards was August 31, 2018. Deadline for 2020 awards TBA.

New Voices Award

Presented by Lee & Low Books, an award-winning children’s book publisher, this award is given for a previously unpublished children’s picture book manuscript (of no more than 1,500 words) written by a writer of color.

The winner receives $2,000 cash and a standard publication contract, and an additional Honor Award winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000. You may submit up to two manuscripts.

Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked between April 1, 2019, and August 31, 2019.

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence

This contest aims to provide visibility for emerging African American fiction writers and to enable them to focus on their writing by awarding a $10,000 cash prize. Eligible authors should submit a work of fiction, such as a novel or short story collection, published in the calendar year. (Galleys for publication within the year are also accepted.)

Deadline: The contest runs annually, but this year’s deadline is August 15, 2019.

This is an international competition and there is no age limit.
There are two categories: Poetry and Short Fiction.
Entry fees:
£12 for one Poetry entry and £18 for one Short Fiction entry.
£1,000 for the Poetry winner
£1,000 for the Short Fiction winner

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019

The Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2019 is open until August 31, 2019. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, they invite poems and stories on any aspects of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos – the moon, stars and planets, astronomy or astrology, space exploration, UFOs. There are poetry and prose categories. […]



The contest runs from June 20th till September 20th 2019
The theme of the contest this year is free
Three prize winners: publication in anthology, handmade ceramic gift, certificate, complimentary copy of the anthology plus a week holiday at Three Rock Resort with a discount 50% from the regular cost (non obligatory). Online publication on eyelands.gr both in English and in Greek language. All shortlisted comic stories will be exhibited on Sand Festival 2020.
Shortlisted stories: Publication in a comic album
Judge: Gregory Papadoyiannis
Collaboration: Eyelands.gr (online literature magazine) & Strange Days Books (publishing firm)
Entry fee: 5€
writing in the subject line: Comic Contest or ECC
*An email confirmation that your entry has been received will be sent within three /four days of receiving your e-mail.
*We don’t accept postal entries
* Name and address of the author are to be submitted in the body of the e-mail

Perito Prize

The Perito Prize will open on September 1st and close on October 1st, 2019. Free to enter. Submit short stories, 1000-2000 words. Theme: Accessibility. One entry per person. First Prize is a cash prize of £250 and the story will be published on their website. Further details here.

PBS/Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition

Top Prize: £2,000 | Categories: Poem/Pamphlet | Deadline: September | Fee: £10/£20

The Poetry Book Society and Mslexia have teamed up for two competitions for women poets. The Women’s Poetry Competition offers a £2,000 prize, a mentorship with PBS Book Selector Sandeep Parmar and a Cove Park writing retreat. The winner of the Women’s Pamphlet Competition will receive publication by independent UK publisher Seren.

Bracken Bower Prize 2019

“The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, organizers of the Business Book of the Year Award, want to encourage young authors to tackle emerging business themes. They hope to unearth new talent and encourage writers to research ideas that could fill future business books of the year.

With a £15,000 award, the competition aims to find the best proposal of a business book. Those who are under 35 years are eligible for this competition.

Deadline: September 31, 2019 More information here

Manchester Metropolitan University Poetry and Short Story Prizes
Cash Prize: £10,000 (~€11,300)
Submit: three to five poems totalling no more than 120 lines or a story of up to 2,500 words
Languages: English
Open for submissions: usually February through September

Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize

Top Prize: £1,000 | Categories: Short Story | Deadline: September | Fee: £10

Galley Beggar Press is an independent publisher committed to publishing daring, innovative fiction creative non-fiction. Their annual prize has a top award of £1,000 and a year of editorial support, along with several other smaller prizes, including cash, books and book vouchers.

London Short Story Prize

Top Prize: £1,000 | Categories: Short Story | Deadline: September | Fee: £8

Spread the Word’s annual London Short Story Prize seeks to discover, publish and profile the best stories and writers coming out of the capital. The 2018 Prize provides the winner with £1,000 and a meeting with an agent. Two highly commended authors will receive £250 and an editorial meeting.

Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards

Fiction and nonfiction writers who have recently published a book that “contribute[s] to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of cultural diversity” are eligible for this award, which offers $10,000 cash as well media and publicity opportunities.

Submissions must be published in the prior year (so books published in 2019 are eligible for the 2020 award).

Deadline: Annual submission window is September 1 through December 31.

The contest is organized by the Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre and has two categories:
• Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)
• English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language)
Entries can be on any subject.
The first three poems submitted cost £5 per poem.
The winners of each category will receive £1000.

The Val Wood Prize 2019: Love Letters is open until September 21, 2019.

Free to enter.

Submit stories in the form of a love letter, up to 1500 words.

Prizes: £100, £50 and two concessions of £25. The winning entries will also be published on Val Wood’s website and Borrowbox, the digital library.

More here.


30th September 2019

The competition is open to anyone. No restrictions on age or country. 

You may submit poems on any theme, up to 250 lines each. Poems must be written in English. 

Entry fee 
$12 per poem

• The Tom Howard Prize: $2,000 for a poem in any style or genre.
• The Margaret Reid Prize: $2,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. 
For the purpose of the Margaret Reid Prize, a poem in a traditional style employs regular meter and/or rhyme, or is written in a recognized poetic form. This includes traditional Western forms such as ballads, sonnets, and blank verse, and Asian forms such as tanka and haiku.
• Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style).


Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Top Prize: £30,000 | Categories: Short Story | Deadline: October | Fee: None

One of the most valuable short story prizes in the UK. “The Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Award honours the finest writers of short stories in the UK and Ireland. Worth £30,000 to the winning author, it is open to anyone with a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK or Ireland.”

Bare Fiction Competitions

Top Prize: £500 | Categories: Short Story/Poem/Flash | Deadline: October | Fee: £5 – £8

A yearly set of competitions administered by the literary magazine Bare Fiction. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each category, and the winners are published in an issue of the magazine. Different guest judges are bought in each year to select the winners


Bath Flash Fiction Award

Top Prize: £1000 | Categories: Flash | Deadline: February/July/October | Fee: £9

The goal of this contest is to promote flash fiction for both writers and readers and to bring the genre to a wider audience. Running three times a year, it has substantial prizes and the chance of publication for winning writers. There is also a novella-in-flash award.

L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest

Whatever your feelings about L. Ron Hubbard’s work and philosophy, the prizes for this regular contest are nothing to sneeze at. Every three months, winners earn $1,000, $750 and $500, or an additional annual grand prize worth $5,000.

Submissions must be short stories or novelettes (up to 17,000 words) in the genre of science fiction or fantasy, and new and amateur writers are welcome to apply.

Deadlines: Quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction

Honoring the best work of fiction published by an American author in a single calendar year, this award has been given to the likes of John Updike, Philip Roth and Ann Patchett. Novels, novellas, and collections of short stories are all eligible.

The winner receives a hefty cash prize — up to $15,000 in the past — and an invitation to read at the award ceremony in Washington, DC. Plus, there are no submission fees or application forms to deal with; just mail four copies of your book (or bound proofs) to the organization to be considered.

Deadline: Annually on October 31 for books published that calendar year.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms Essay Contest

Each year, this Canadian organization offers three prizes, ranging from $500 to $1,500, to the essay with the most thoughtful, well-reasoned arguments around a specific human-rights theme. (For example, 2018’s prompt was, “Should Canadians be required by law to use gender-neutral pronouns? Why or why not?”

The contest is open to Canadian college and university students, and essays should be 2,500 words or less in length.

Deadline: Annually; 2018’s deadline was October 31st.

The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.

• 1st prize: £5,000
• 2nd prize: £2,000
• 3rd prize: £1,000

The first poem submitted costs £7. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem. 

The competition is open to poets of any nationality, from any country.
All entries must be in English. Poems must each be no longer than 45 lines.
All entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5/€6/$7 per poem.1st Prize: £2,000
2nd Prize: £1,000
3rd Prize: £500.


ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

For this international free-to-enter writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original, unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words by November 30, 2019. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month.

You can find more information on our short story writing contest by clicking this link, ServiceScape.

César Egido Serrano Foundation International Flash Fiction Competition
Cash Prize: $20,000 (~€17,000) (plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend an award ceremony in Madrid)
Submit: a story of fewer than 100 words on the theme of “The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions.”
Languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, or Arabic
Open for submissions: usually June through November

Encore Award

Top Prize: £10,000 | Categories: Novel | Deadline: November | Fee: None

This prize is awarded annually for the best second novel published in the UK. The organisers say, “The award fills a niche in the catalogue of literary prizes by celebrating the achievement of outstanding second novels, often neglected in comparison to the attention given to promising first book

PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers

This contest is a little different, because it requires you to already have published a short story in a literary journal or cultural website. But if you’ve made your debut (but gone no further), you may be eligible for the generous cash prize of $2,000, which is annually awarded to 12 emerging writers, whose works are then published together in an anthology.

Short stories of up to 12,000 words are eligible and must be published in the calendar year preceding the year in which the award is given.

Deadline: Contest is open annually between June and November.


The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less.
Entry fee: €7 per poem.

• 1st Prize: €2000 and a week’s residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre
• 2nd Prize: €500
• 3rd Prize: €250


Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2019. Free to enter for children. Entry fee for adults is £3. Theme: ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. Prizes for adult category: Larkin prize: £500. Second prize: £200. Third Prize: £100 Primary school prize: £50. Secondary school prize: £75 The judging panel includes James Nash, […]


Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

Top Prize: £1,000 | Categories: Short Story/Poem | Deadline: December | Fee: £5

This prize awards up to £1,000 to the best story and the best poem submitted. In addition, the organisers have pledged to plant a tree in Kenya for every entry received. Stories may be up to 4,000 words and poems up to 50 lines, and entries are accepted from writers anywhere in the world.

Moth Prizes

Top Prize: €10,000/€3,000  | Categories: Poem/Short Story | Deadline: December | Fee: €12

These international prizes are open to everyone over the age of sixteen, and awards a top prize of €10,000 for the best poem and €3,000 for the best short story submitted. It is run by The Moth Magazine, with winners published in the magazine and invited to special prize-giving events.

RSL Ondaatjee Prize

Top Prize: £10,000 | Categories: Novel/Book/Collection | Deadline: December | Fee: None

An annual award administered by the Royal Society for Literature which goes to the work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry that judges feel best evokes the spirit of a place. All prize winners also receive a paperweight clock, which they are awarded at a celebratory dinner.

VS Pritchett Memorial Prize

Top Prize: £1,000 | Categories: Short Story | Deadline: December | Fee: None

An annual prize administered by The Royal Society of Literature for the best unpublished short story of the year. Winners are published in Prospect online and the RSL Review. The prize was founded to commemorate writer and critic Sir Victor Sawden Pritchett.

W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction

If you’re a war buff, this competition is for you. It awards $5,000 — and a 24-karat-gold-framed citation of achievement — the best piece of fiction set during a period when the U.S. was at war (war may either be the main plot of the piece or simply provide the setting). Submissions may be adult or YA novels.

Deadline: Annually on December 1.





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