2020 Free International Writing & Non-Writing Entry Contests
If you're looking for online contests that you can participate or submit your work for free, without being required to pay entry free; don't look further.
This article will provide you with an overview of each contest including the last date to submit your work and the type of prizes to be won. A link has been included in each contest which will direct you to the relevant contest's page to better understand what's required of you.
However, unlike earlier, this article will concentrate on writing contests only, that is, short story, novel, flash fiction, poetry, article, essay and creative nonfiction. For non-writing contests - designing, illustration, drawing, painting, photography and short video/film production - a separate article has been created to provide you with an up-to-date list of the said contests.
Click here to be directed to non-writing contests.
Cheers on your success. If you don't win, don't beat yourself down. Try another one, and another one, and another one. You never know.
NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, the entries should be submitted in English language. Whereas a language(s) is accepted other than English, it will be noted in the concerned contest.
1. The Writing District Contest
This is a monthly short story contest.
Deadline: The last date of the month
Word count: 3,000
Email submission: email@example.com
Prizes: $50 to the overall winner
Visit their website for more info: The Writing District
2. The Writing Quarter Competition
Word count: 3,000 words
Only one entry per person.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
How to Submit a Video-Contest
1. 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 quarterly contest will compete to win the annual prize of $5,000.
You can submit through email or snail mail.
January 2020 Deadline
1. The Caine Prize for Afrcan Writing
This is an annual prizes which is awarded to an African writer who has published a short story in English. This prize was launched in 2000 "to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition."
Unpublished work is not accepted and the submission of the published story should be made by the publisher only. "Works not eligible for entry include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work."
Prize: Winning and short-listed authors will be invited to participate in writers’ workshops in Africa, London and elsewhere as resources permit. There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500.
Deadline: January 31, 2019
2. Hektoen International Writing Contest
Hektoen International is an online journal of medicinal humanities. They are inviting submission of essays on the subject of Blood. This contest aims to honour "the achievements of the Red Cross, locally, nationally and globally."
Length: 1600 words
Prizes: 1st - $3000 and runner up - $800
Age: 18 and over
Please visit their site to know which areas they will consider for their 2020 contest under the theme of 'Blood.'
Deadline: January: 15, 2019
3. Stories of the nature of Cities 2020
Theme: City in a Wild Garden
"Write a short story ("flash fiction", up to 750 words), set in the present or future (near or far) and inspired by the phrase "city in a wild garden." You do not have to literally use this phrase in your story. You may interpret liberally any of the words in the phrase: city, wild and garden.
Plot elements must include cities, nature, and people."
Prizes: 1st - $2,000, 2nd - $1,000 and 3rd - $500 each for three winners under the third prize. "A large number of stories will be included in a book to be published (in late 2020 or early 2021) by Publication Studios."
Deadline: January 1, 2020
4. St. Martin's Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
Age: 18 years and older
You must complete an entry form to be allowed to upload an electronic file of your submission.
Length: No less than 220 typewritten pages or approx. 60, 000 words
"Murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story."
Deadline: January 3, 2019
5. Poetry Contest
The League of Poets is accepting submission of poetry piece for their world's biggest anthology of contemporary poetry 2020.
Theme: Song of Peace
"The anthology is a project for global peace embarked by The League of POETS, an international organization committed to promoting world peace through poetry. The competition will see over one thousand poets worldwide have their poems published in the biggest ever anthology of contemporary poetry published. There will be honorary certificate of life-time achievement for each of the one thousand selected poets who emerge winners of this historical contest. There will be free distribution of copies of the book."
It is accepting entrants from the age of 16 onward.
Deadline: January 31, 2019
1. Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition
This organization is inviting adults to submit their short story in this annual contest for a chance to win "a place on one of Arvon's residential writing courses, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk."
Length: 2,000 words
You must register at the site for your entry to be considered in the contest.
Deadline: February 13 2020
1. The Fountain Essay Contest 2019
The organizer of this contest, Fountain Magazine would like to "hear about your challenges and how you mentally, physically, and/or spiritually prepare for them.
How do you find strength when you feel it does not exist? And what have you learned, or are learning, from your challenge?"
Length: 1,500-2,500 words
Prizes: 1st - $1,000; 2nd - $500; 3rd - $300 and two honourable mention - $150 each.
Eligibility: There is no age limit or a condition to fulfill your entry.
Deadline: March 1, 2020
2. TreadBikely Story Contest
TreadBikely is accepting submission of short stories for their first free "open format story contest."
Prizes: 1st prize - $150, 2nd prize - $100 and 3rd prize - $50
They accept both nonfiction and fiction genres but the central theme should revolve around cycling. The organizer states on the contest's website page, "Utilize whatever writing format moves you most - short story, poem, essay, song lyrics, etc - but first, familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines..."
Length: 1,500 words
Deadline: March 1, 2020
3. Limnisa Short Story Competition 2020
They are accepting original, unpublished short story.
Length: 1,000 words
Theme: "Subjects should be loosely inspired by the text and/or picture below (in their contest page). We're looking for writing with spark and conviction."
1) One week Writer's Retreat in 2020 or 2021 at Seaside location near Agios, Georgias, Methana, Greece.
2) 50% discount on the Writer's Retreat.
3) 25% discount on the Writer's Retreat.
Deadline: March 29, 2020
Questions & Answers
Are there writing competitions for students below the age of 15?
Yes, there are, for instance, the Commonwealth competition. If a contest accepts entries from participants from the age of 13 upward, I will indicate so that you can know.Helpful 93
What is the preferred language when participating in international writing contests?
The preferred language is English. In each contest I have provided a link which will direct you to the website's contest page. In that page they will indicate which languages they accept. If they have not indicated which language you should use in submitting your entry, the English language is the preferable one or the one you should use.Helpful 28
Are there any competitions for quotes, poetry, Shayari and fiction for students between the ages of 15 to 17?
There is a quote contest you might be interested in.
Also, there is poetry competition at the age range you've indicated.
Lastly, there is a short story contest that accept entrants from the age of 16 onwards.
I will post the contests this week.
Can we send an essay through email to enter a writing contest?
Yes. Please check with each contest. They've indicated how they want entries to be submitted. I have provided a link at the end of each contest. Click the links to know how to submit.Helpful 4
Are there any poetry contests?
Many poetry contests are usually held during the first five months. Keep checking back.Helpful 1
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