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2022 Free-entry International Writing Contests

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This article lists out a number of free writing contests.

This article lists out a number of free writing contests.

There are many reasons that might lead an individual to search for free entry writing competitions. The major reason is the affordability of paying the entry fee of a contest so as to participate in it. It isn't that all paid writing competitions are a scam. Far from it, there are countless legitimate paid writing contests.

Herein, you'll find a frequently updated list of writing contests that don't require an individual to pay a certain fee so as to enter any of the listed competitions. These free-entry contests are mostly ideal for those who cannot afford entry fees. They are genuine, and you don't have anything to lose if you're not selected a winner. You can revise your rejected entry and submit it to another competition.

The listed contests are either restricted to a specific region or regions, or are open to individuals from every part of the world. If a competition is restricted to a certain region, it will be noted. If the contest lacks 'restricted' or doesn't state it's only applicable to a certain region or individuals, then the probability is that it accepts entries from any individual.

The minimum age required to participate in many contests is 18 and above. If a contest hasn't indicated the required age to participate in the contest, the assumed entry age is taken to be 18 and above.

A link to each contest is provided at the end of each entry. Clicking 'here'—which is found at the end of each contest and which is highlighted in red—will lead you to the official contest page of that particular contest.

Always ensure that your entry meets the stipulated requirements of a particular contest to avoid your entry being rejected.

Good luck as you try your hand on any of the listed competitions.

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Monthly Contests

a) Inkitt Writing Contest

Type of writing: Novels

Prize: $300

Genre: Not specific

They don't accept fanfiction and poetry.

You can submit multiple entries.

Details here.

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1. Penflashed Writing Competition

They're holding a writing competition with deadlines on September 1 and March 31.

Theme: To be announced

Length: To be announced

Prize: $100 (overall winner)

Details here.

Quarterly Contests

a) Writer Contest

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy

They don't accept poetry or children's stories

Length: 17,000 words

Prizes:

1st prize - $1,000

2nd prize - $750

3rd prize -$500

Grand prize winner at the end of the year: $5,000

The quarterly contest begins on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30.

Details here.

b) Reflex Fiction

Length: 180-360 words

Entry fee: You choose your own entry fee

Prizes:

1st winner - £1,000

2nd winner - £500

3rd winner - £250

The deadlines for the contest for 2020 are:

Autumn - August 31

Summer - May 31

Winter - November 30

Details here.

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May Deadline

1. Creative Future Writer's Award Competition 2022

Theme: How It Started

Categories:

Fiction - 2,000 words

Poetry - 50 lines

The competition is for underrepresented writers in the UK (citizens and residents) only, who are over 18 years old.

Prizes:

a) Platinum - £100 cash prize, mentorship, manuscript assessment, 'Writing a Novel' or poetry course, a year's membership from the Society of Authors.

b) Gold - £75 cash prize, manuscript assessment, six-week online writing or poetry course, a year's membership from the Society of Authors.

c) Silver - £59 cash prize - partial manuscript assessment, a copy of Mslexia's Indie Press Guide, and a year's digital subscription to Mslexia's magazine.

d) Bronze - £25 cash prize, poem critique, a copy of The Writer's & Artists' Yearbookb Writing Guide.

Deadline: May 22, 2022

Details here

2. Reader's Digest 100 Word-Story Competition 2022

Categories:

a) Adults

b) Students i) 12-18 and ii) Under 12

Length: Exactly 100 words

Prizes:

"In the adult's category, the winner will receive £1,000 and a Serious Readers High Definition Floor or Table Light (value up to £399.99) and one runner-up will receive £250.

In the 12-18s category, the 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.

In the under 12 category, the 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."

Deadline: May 1, 2022

Details here.

3. The Irene Adler Prize

Topic: Choose one from the three provided

Eligiblity: Women who are U.S. or Canadian citizens

The entrants should be "women commencing or continuing to pursue a bachelor's, master's, or Ph.D degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the United States or Canada in 2022-23."

Length: 500 words

Deadline: May 30, 2022

Details here.

4. The Robson History Prize

Topic: Choose one from the list provided

Eligiblity: Open internationally to Year 12 or Lower 6th students

Length: 2,000-3,500 words

Prize:

First prize - £600, to be split equally between the candidate and their school or college

Second prize - £400, which is to be shared between the candidate and their school or college

Deadline: May 1, 2022

Details here.

5. Bacopa Literary Review

Categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Humor, Formal Poetry, Free Verse Poetry, and Visual Poetry.

Age: 18 years and above

Length:

Fiction - 2,500 words

Creative Nonfiction - 2,500 words

Humor - 2,000 words

Free Verse Poetry - 1-2 poems

Formal Poetry - 1-3 poems

Visual Poetry - 1 poem

Deadline: May 23, 2022

Details here.

6. Singapore Unbound Awards for the Best Undergraduate Critical Essays On Singapore and Other Literatures

They are looking for "the best three undergraduate critical essays on topics in Singapore and other literatures. The purpose of those awards is to encourage the teaching and study of Singapore literature at college level and the cultivation of general appreciation for the character and achievements of Singapore literature."

Award:

$250 each for the first three winners.

The winning entries will be published on Singapore Unbound's SP blog and, possibly, in a professional journal.

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Details here.

7. The 8th Singapore Poetry Contest

They are looking for submission of poems that "use the chiming words "time" and "regime" together or separately in imaginative ways. The words must be used as they are, although different forms of the words (pluralized, adjectival, etc) may appear elsewhere in the poem. Submissions may be on any theme, but they will be judged for the creative use of the words "time" and "regime," as much as they will be for overall excellence."

Prize:

First-prize winner - $300

Second-prize winner - $200

Third-prize winner - $100

Also, the winning poems will be published on SUSPECT; non-winning poems will be considered for publication as well.

Max. No. of entries: 3

Deadline: May 16, 2022

Details here.

8. The Road Runner High School Writing Contest

Eligiblity: High school students

Submission: Fiction, Nonfiction or Poetry

Length: 1,000 words

Prize: $100 to the winning entry, and publication in Issue II of The Road Runner Review.

Deadline: May 16, 2022

Details here.

9. a) 2022 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest

The Challenge:

Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are in risky and often dangerous jobs. How can the Sea Service reduce risk and improve safety without sacrificing mission effectiveness?

Eligiblity:

U.S. enlisted personnel from any of the nation's sea services- active duty, reserve and retired.

Length: 1,500 words

Prizes:

First prize - $3,000

Second prize - $2,000

Third prize - $1,000

Deadline: May 15, 2022

Details here.

b) 2022 CNO Naval History Essay Contest - Professional Historian

The Challenge:

The CNO invites entrants to submit essays that apply lessons from throughout naval history to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in an era of great power competition.

Eligiblity:

  • U.S. and international professional historians (including history museum curators, archivists, history teachers/professors, persons with history-related doctoral degrees), or
  • Authors of books on naval history (not including self-published works), or
  • Civilians who have published articles in an established historical or naval journal or magazine.

Length: 3,500 words

Prizes:

Firs prize - $50,000

Second prize - $2,500

Invitational travel orders to the 2022 CNO Naval History Essay Contest Awards Reception to meet the CNO and present their respective papers.

Winners will be published in Naval History magazine or Proceedings and online with the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

Copper Sheathing from US Constitution (provided by NHHC)

A one-year Naval Institute membership and a one year subscription to Naval History Magazine (courtesy of the Naval Institute)

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Details here.

c) 2022 CNO Naval History Essay Contest - Rising Historian

The Challenge:

The CNO invites entrants to submit essays that apply lessons from throughout naval history to establishing and maintaining maritime superiority in an era of great power competition.

Eligibility:

  • Entrants that do not fall in the Professional Category and are either active-duty, reservists, veterans, or federal civilian personnel of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guards, or U.S. Merchant Marine; or
  • Contractors that currently work for the above services; or
  • Members of allied militaries that are serving with orders in official billets in the above services, all of whom do not fall in the Professional Historian Category.

Length: 3,000 words

Prizes:

First prize - $5,000

Second prize - $2,500

Third prize - $1,500

Invitational travel orders to the 2022 CNO Naval History Essay Contest Awards Reception to meet the CNO and present their respective papers.

Winners will be published in Naval History magazine or Proceedings and online with the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC).

Copper Sheathing from US Constitution (provided by NHHC)

A one-year Naval Institute membership and a one year subscription to Naval History Magazine (courtesy of the Naval Institute)

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Details here.

9. Jerry Jaz Musician Short Fiction Contest

Details:

The Jerry Jaz Musician reader has interest in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

Eligiblity: Entrants from any part of the world

Language: English

Length: 3,000 words

Prize: $100 to the winning story

Deadline: May 31, 2022

Details here.

10. Bacopa Literary Review 2022

Categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Humour, Formal Poetry, Free Verse Poetry, and Visual Poetry.

Age: 18 years and above

Topic: Open

Style: Open

Length:

Fiction & Creative Nonfiction - 2,500 words

Humour: 2,000 words

Free Verse Poetry: 1-2 poems

Formal Poetry: 1-3 poems

Visual Poetry: 1 poem

Prize:

$200 Award and $100 Honourable Mention in each of the categories.

Deadline: May 23, 2022

Details here.

June Deadline

1. The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

Topic:

Choose one of the four topics in your relevant category.

Categories: Senior (14-18) & Junior (under 14)

Length:

Senior - 1,500 words

Junior - 750 words

Eligiblity:

Nationals or residents of all Commonwealth countries and territories, as well as residents of Hong Kong, Ireland and Zimbabwe. Residents of non-commonwealth countries where there is an operating RCS branch or affiliated/partner organization are also eligible; however, entries must be submitted via the local RCS or affiliated/partner organization.

Prizes:

One Winner and Runner Up will be chosen from each category. Winners and Runners Up (accompanied by one adult/guardian) will be brought to London for a week of educational and cultural events, culminating in a special Awards ceremony. A number of Gold Finalist, Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards will be given in both the Senior and Junior Categories, rewarding excellence in writing. All successful entries will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Details here.

2. Jane Austen Society of North America 2022 Essay Contest

Topic: Sense and Sensibility

Eligiblity:

Students who are in high school, college, and graduate school from any part of the world.

Length: 6-8 pages

Awards:

Cash scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000. ($1,000 for first place winners, $500 for second place winners, and $250 for third place winners).

One year of free membership in JASNA.

Publication of winning essays on JASNA's website.

The winners will also receive a set of North Critical Editions of Jane Austen's novels.

First place winners will also be invited to JASNA's 2022 Annual General Meeting in Victoria, BC, Canada. JASNA will cover the conference fee and two nights' lodging.

Deadline: June 2, 2022

Details here.

3. Sapiens Plurum Short Fiction Contest

Theme: Inventing Beautiful Futures

Details:

Write a short story that uses technology to transform something harmful into something beneficial or even beautiful. From crisis through chaos to social good. Let the reader see this future world through your eyes. Show us how your characters develop and use technology to bring our world to a better place. But most of all, tell a good story, with characters we care about, setting, conflict and resolution.

Prize:

First prize - $1,000

Second prize - $500

Third prize - $300

Deadline: June 15, 2022

Details here.

4. The Dan Veach Prize for Younger Poets

Eligiblity:

College-age students, aged 19-23.

Subject: Open

Style: Open

Max. entries: 2

Length: 40 lines or fewer

Though not mandatory, they're particularly open to entries with an international focus.

Prize:

Publication in the Fall/Winter issue of Atalanta Review, and $100 cash prize.

Deadline: June 1, 2022

Details here.

5. Blue Mountains Arts Poetry Prize

Subject: Open

Style: Your poetry submission can be rhyming or non-rhyming. However, they prefer non-rhyming poetry.

Language: English

Multiple entries are welcomed.

Prize:

First prize - $350

Second prize - $200

Third prize - $100

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Details here

6. The Peggy Willis Lyles Haiku Awards for 2022

Max. No. of entries: 5

Prizes:

First place - $150, a copy of To Hear the Rain and a miniature crystal turtle

Second place - $75, a of To Hear the Rain

Third place - $50, copy of To Hear the Rain

Honourable Mentions (5) - award certificates and recognition on their website's 'Awards' page and in their annual print edition

Deadline: June 1, 2022

Details here.

7. The Forum Essay Prize 2022

Subject: Challenging Literature

"The topic may be addressed from the perspective of any of the literatures (including literary linguistics, translation and comparative literature approaches) normally covered by the journal: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Please note that the material of a predominantly social science or sociological nature falls outside of our scope."

Open to: All researchers, whether established or early career.

Prize:

The winner will receive;

  • Publication of the winning essay in the next appropriate issue of Forum for Modern Language Studies
  • A prize of £150

Runner-up - £200

Length: 6,000-8,000 words

Deadline: June 1, 2022

Details here.

8. 11th Annual Ocean Awareness Contest

Theme: The Funny Thing About Climate Change

"Use humor, positivity, irony, or other unconventional approaches that are not typically used in environmental communication to address the climate crisis. Think outside the tackle-box, beyond clichés, to create something that makes the topic of climate change and our oceans more approachable and accessible."

Eligiblity: Students aged 11-18

Categories:

a) Junior Division - Age 11-14

b) Senior Division - Age 15-18

Submission are accepted in: visual art, poetry and spoken word, creative writing, film, performing arts, music and dance, interactive & multimedia.

Prize:

a) Gold Award

Junior category - $1,000

Senior category - $1,500

b) Silver Award

Junior category - $750

Senior category - $1,000

c) Bronze Award

Junior category - $250

Senior category - $500

d) Pearl Award

Junior category - $150

Senior category - 300

e) Honourable Mention

Junior category - $100

Senior category - $250

Deadline: June 13, 2022

Details here.

9. $1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship

Organized by IvyPanda, the competition is open current high school, college, or university students from any country.

Topics: Select one from the following;

a) Ways to Prevent the Next Global Pandemic

b) Effects of Isolation on Physical and Mental Health

c) E-Learning: The Future of Education System

Length: 500-700 words

Language: US or UK English

Prize:

Winner - $1,000

Runner-up - $500

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Details here.

10. Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Genre: Entries must be script that fall into the Drama category (Drama series: A dramatic production in which theme, storyline, and main characters are presented under the same title).

Eligibility: Non-American novice writers under the age of 30 (Non-US citizens studying in the U.S. are eligible)

Length: A half-hour to one-hour

Language: English

The script should be stand-alone or pilot-script, not a random episode that is part of a series.

Award:

The winner will be presented with the Sir Peter Award (not an Emmy) in November at the International Emmy World Television Festival in New York.

Deadline: June 29, 2022

Details here.

11. Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction

It is open to all writers who are from, or whose work celebrates the North East of England and who have not previously had their submission published in any form.

Length: Short story of no more than 10,000 words, or the first two chapters and a synopsis of your work in progress.

Prize:

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of £2,500 to support the completion of their work and funding towards a year's membership of both the Society of Authors (SoA) and the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), and smaller financial awards go shortlisted candidates.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Details here.

12. 2022 Global Essay Competition

Eligiblity:

Students from any country, from age 18 and below.

Subjects:

Philosophy, Politics, Economics, History, Psychology, Theology, and Law.

Topics:

Each subject or category contains several questions. Choose one question from a subject of your choice.

You may submit as many essays as you please in any or all categories.

Junior Prize:

This is for entrants who are at the age of 14 and younger.

Length: 2,000 words

Prize:

The prize for each winner of a subject category, and the winner of the Junior Category, is a scholarship worth US$2,000 towards the cost of attending any John Locke Institute programme, and the essays will be published on the Institute's website.

The prize-giving ceremony will take place in Oxford.

The candidate who submits the best essay overall will be awarded an honorary John Locke Institute Junior Fellowship, which comes with a US$10,000 scholarship to attend one or more of their summer schools and/or gap year courses.

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Details here.

July Deadline

1. Green Stories Writing Competition

Theme: Clean Vs Green

Eligiblity: Open to all, worldwide

Language: English

Length: 1,000-3,000 words

Prize: £500 to the winning story

Deadline: July 22, 2022

Details here.

2. W&A Working Class Writers' Prize

Eligibility: Those identifying themselves as Working Class, living in UK or ROI.

Submit a sample of your writing, which must be the beginning of an unpublished work-in-progress no more than 2,000 words in length and one-page synopsis for the full manuscript.

Genre: Any

Prize:

The winner will receive:

  • Two 1-hour mentoring session with the contest's Judge, Jessica Andrews
  • A cash prize of £200
  • Access to a number of W&A writing and publishing events
  • One year's membership to The Society of Authors
  • A writing guide bundle
  • A selection if Bloomsbury books

Five shortlisted entries will also receive a writing guide bundle, one year's membership for The Society of Authors, as well as support from the W&A team.

Deadline: July 18, 2022.

Details here.

3. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Age: 11-17 years from anywhere in the world.

Theme: Any

Style: Any

Length: Any

Language: English though you include phrases in your mother tongue or another language.

Prize:

All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be invited to an award ceremony in October 2022.

Deadline: July 31, 2022

Details here.

4. Black Voices in Children's Literature: Writing Contests

Eligibility:

Open to Black writers, 18 years and above, residing anywhere in the United States.

Eligible entries will include original children's books for ages 0-4 (50-125 words) or for ages 4-8 (300-800 words) featuring authentic, realistic Black characters and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, identity, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development.

Awards and Prizes:

First place - $1,000 cash prize, T-Shirt from Strive, a tote bag from Free Spirit, and a meeting with Mary Taris, founder of Strive, and an editor from Free Spirit to discuss the winner's project.

Second place - $500 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, a tote bag from Free Spirit.

Third place - $250 cash prize, a T-shirt from Strive, a tote bag from Free Spirit.

Deadline: July 24, 2022

Details here.

5. The 2020 Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest

Open to all.

Categories:

a) Traditional Sonnet - Shakespearean or Petrarchan

b) Modern Sonnet

Submit only a maximum of one entry per category.

Prize for each category:

First Prize - $50

Second Prize - $30

Third Prize - $20

Three Honourable Mentions and three Special Merits per category ranked

Deadline: July 15, 2022

Details here.

6. Mason Jar Press

They're open to most prose genres, though they "tend to learn towards semi-experimental works with a strong literary bent." They also accept hybrid works.

What they're looking for:

Novels, novellas, story collections, memoirs, auto/biographies, essay collections.

They don't want:

Poetry collections, graphic novels, anything below a novella in size, poetry, chapbooks

Prize:

The winner will receive a $1,000 award, contributor copies, and quarterly profit-sharing. The contract will stipulate all further details.

Deadline: July 15, 2022

Details here.

7. The Stony Brook Short Fiction Prize

Eligibility:

Undergraduates enrolled full time in United States and Canadian universities and colleges for the academic year 2021-2022.

Length: 7,500 words

Prize:

$1,000 plus a scholarship to the Southampton Writers Conference.

Deadline: July 14, 2022

Details here.

8. 2022 Platt Family Essay Contest

Topic:

The year 2022 is the anniversary of the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial. How has the whole question if memorializing leading figures of the Civil War, including Lincoln, changed in the hundred years since then?

Eligibility:

Undergraduate students who are studying full time in an American college or university during the Spring 2022 semester.

Length: 1,500-5,000 words

Deadline: July 31, 2022

Details here.

August Deadline

1. Yale Drama Series 2023

Eligiblity:

They accept worldwide entries in English language.

Entries should be original and unpublished.

Length: Entries should be full-length, with a minimum of 65 pages.

They don't accept translations, musicals, and children's plays.

Prize:

The winner will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $1,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event.

Deadline: August 15, 2022

Details here.

2. Immense Education Scholarship Award

Age: Students of all nationalities from the age of 13-18 years.

Topics:

Topics are provided depending on age category: a) 13-15yrs and b) 16-18 years

Prize:

10 winners will receive a 100% scholarship, and runners-up will receive a partial scholarship, to study their chosen subject with Immense during the summer at Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney or London.

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Details here.

September Deadline

1. Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022

Theme/Subject: Open

Genre: Open

Entrant's age: 16 years and above

Entry fee: £9

Length: 3,000 words

Prizes:

a) 1st prize: £1,000, a free creative writing course of the winner's choice and publication on their website.

b) Runners-up: £200 each

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Details here.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are there writing competitions for students below the age of 15?

Answer: 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.

Question: Are the writing contests described in this article open for any age?

Answer: These contests are mostly opened for people above the age of 18. Wherein there is a specific age required for in a contest, I will indicate it. Some contests have not mentioned the age range but normally the interested participants should be 18 years and above.

Question: What is the preferred language when participating in international writing contests?

Answer: 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.

Question: Are there any writing contests for international residents this year?

Answer: I'm afraid, no. There aren't residents contests for international applicants. They are limited to certain residents from a specific region.

Question: Is there a mailing list for any of these free international writing and non-writing entry contests?

Answer: In some contests, yes but not many of them. When you click the link to the contests it will be indicated in that website contest's page whether there is.

Question: Are there writing competitions for a comedy acts writer?

Answer: There are drama/play competitions on diverse genres including comedy writing. BBC is one of the organizations that hold drama contests.

I will update the list once I come across this type of competition.

Question: Are there writing competitions for people below the age of 18?

Answer: Yes, there are competitions that accept entrants who are below the age of 18.

Question: Are these writing competitions international in scope?

Answer: Yes, these competitions accept people from any part or region of the world. There are some contests that are restricted to certain regions. I have indicated the contests that accept entrants from a specific region. Those that I haven't indicated accept international entrants.

Question: Are these international contests open to all, including those in the Phillippines?

Answer: Yes, the contests are open to all individuals. The contests which are open to a specific region or nation, I have indicated in such contests but the majority of contests are open to all.

Question: How do we know the results of writing and non-writing contests?

Answer: The editors of the contests usually send an email to the winners. A few of them send notification whether you have won or not.

Question: Can any child from any country participate in a free international writing contest?

Answer: Yes, children from the age of 13 onwards can participate. However, it depends on a contest. At the end of each contest, I have provided a link which you'll find is a word, especially here, which is in color. Click it and it will direct you to that contest page where it will provide you with more information and if you are eligible at your age. In the future, I will be indicating age to make it easier to know if someone under the age of 18 is eligible to participate.

Question: I am 36 years old from Pakistan. I am very good in creative writing. I write poetry and other stuff. I want to write a short story for this contest. Can I participate as my age is a bit over thirty?

Answer: This article lists contests. This webpage doesn't offer contests. Check each contest and at the end of each, I have provided a link to the contest. Click on it and you'll get more details on how to submit.

Question: Are these writing contests open to all nationalities?

Answer: Yes, they are open to all nationalities.

Question: Is there any entry contest for 17-years old in the short story category?

Answer: Yes, there are short story contests that accept entries from individuals who are below eighteen years of age.

Question: I only write poetry, can I participate in writing competitions?

Answer: Yes, you can. Since there aren't many poetry competitions, don't limit yourself to writing poetry contests. Participate in short story and essay contests.

Question: How will they give you the prize if you win the contests listed in this article?

Answer: If the prize is in form of cash (money) they'll send you the money through their preferred mode of payment e.g. PayPal, deposit to your bank account, western union, money gram and so on. If the prize is non-cash, they will send it to the postal address you've provided when they request it.

Question: Are there any writing competitions for people from India?

Answer: Yes. The writing contests listed on this page accept entrants from any part of the world. They are not limited to specific country. Only a few contests are limited to specific regions. In this case, I have noted the contests which are limited to specific regions.

Question: Are there any essay competitions that have scholarship prizes attatched to them especially for African secondary students?

Answer: There are scholarship competitions for secondary school students both on Africa and in other countries.

I will update the list with scholarship contests once I come across such contests.

Question: Can we send an essay through email to enter a writing contest?

Answer: 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.

Question: Are there any poetry competitions for students aged 13 or more?

Answer: Yes, there are poetry competitions for students from age 13 onwards. Please, keep on checking this contest page regularly as I will update them when I come across them.

Question: How do you assist a writer to better his writing skills? Are scores given and corrections made in the form of feedback?

Answer: It depends on the organizers of the different contests. Due to a high number of submissions or entries, it is difficult for a participant or writer to get feedback in whatever form including corrections. However, a writer can better his writing skills by participating in many contests and joining writing groups. There are many online writing groups. Also, making use of online grammar correctors, both free and paid; reading various online articles that touch on grammar and spelling are other ways a writer can use to perfect his writing skills.

Question: Are these writing contests scams? I live in India. How can I get cash prizes from these writing contests? I hope this is not a scam because I have lost money in the same way while participating in this kind of competitions.

Answer: The contests I list on this page are genuine and reputable. The good thing about these contests is that they're free to enter. If you don't win, you won't lose the money you paid to enter the contest.

Question: How many words should I write in the contest about teachers?

Answer: The minimum words they accept is 6 and the maximum is 749. Thus, your entry should be between 6 to 749 words.

Question: Are there writing competitions for students below the age of 13?

Answer: Yes, there are contests for children under the age of 13 years.

Question: Do fanfiction writing contests exist?

Answer: They do exist. Sadly, they are not common among contests. However, when a contest invites people to submit their contests and they don't request certain genres to be submitted, you can submit this genre. Many shirt contests don't specify which genre to submit.

Question: How can we send essays to the writing contests you mentioned in your article?

Answer: I have provided a link at the end of each contest. Click the link and it will direct you to that website's contest page. There you'll find details of how to send your essays, either through submission form or by email.

Question: Can the essay be written on any topic for the 2019 Free International Writing contest? If not then what will be the topic for May 31 contest?

Answer: Yes, the essay can be on any topic. Additionally, you can write more than one essay since one is free to choose one topic to base his/her essay on or several of the topics meaning you can write more than one essay on the different topics.

Question: Are these international contests free to enter/participate?

Answer: Yes, the contests are free to enter. Any individual from any part of the world can participate. Some contests are targeted at a different age group.

Question: If I win a contest and I live in India, how will I get my prize?

Answer: There are different ways you can get the cash prizes depending on the contest. Some pay through PayPal which means you've to register for a PayPal account.

If it's not indicated in a contest how the cash will be paid, you will need to wait till the winners are announced. It will be communicated to you how you'll be paid.

I think it's best you register for a PayPal account online as it's by may companies or organizations to pay individuals.

Question: Can I submit the same piece of writing in multiple competitions if it's following their rules like word limit and genre?

Answer: Yah, it's possible. However, read each contest's rules to be certain they accept the same piece of work which has been submitted to another competition(s). If they haven't indicated, it's best to avoid it.

Question: Are there any competitions for quotes, poetry, Shayari and fiction for students between the ages of 15 to 17?

Answer: 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.

Question: Can any nationality join the international writing contests?

Answer: Yes, all the contests listed in this page accept submission from any nationality. They are not limited to a specific nationality or country.

However, I will include the name of a region (s) if a contest has limited its submission to a specific nation(s).

Question: Are the International Writing contests listed in this article online?

Answer: Yes, all of these contests are online.

Question: For the Bracken Bower Prize 2019, it says it is open to people under 35. Would a 12-year old be able to enter?

Answer: Unfortunately, it won't apply to you. It is for those who are between the ages of 18-35.

Question: Are there any poetry contests?

Answer: Many poetry contests are usually held during the first five months. Keep checking back.

Question: Are there any handlettering competitions?

Answer: There are some competitions that accept submission through postal mail but they should be typed. However, it is difficult to come across a handlettering competition.

Question: How can we submit entries for the Free International Writing contest?

Answer: At the end of each contest, I have provided a link to the contest's page which provides information how to submit your entry. Examples: Click here. The 'here' in red colour is a link you need to click. Or, if you see at the end of a contest a letter(s) in red, it's a link. Click it; then you will be directed to the contest's page which provides the necessary information.

Question: Is there any age restriction for the 2019 Free International Writing Contest?

Answer: Some contests are limited to a certain age. If a contest doesn't mention the minimum age to enter the contest, then it means it's open to people from the age of eighteen onwards.

Question: I am a 52-years old Indian man. I love writing essays in English and I am an invalid like Mr. Stefan Hawking. Is there any online competition in an English essay contest in which I can participate?

Answer: There are English essay contests you can participate in. Most of the essays contests accept entrants above the age of 18 thus you fit the age requirement. Browse through this contest page to find an essay contest that accepts entrants over the age of either 16 or 18.

Question: When will a new contest about the "outlook" on the people of the islands be available?

Answer: I have never heard of the contest but I will check on it, and inform you once I get information concerning it.

Question: How can I register for a writing contest?

Answer: At the end of each listed contest, there is a link. It is a word that is highlighted in colour, mostly 'here.' Click it. It will direct you to a page where you will get information on how to register or participate.

Question: Should I write in the Tamil language to enter the contests listed here? Are Tamil language entries accepted?

Answer: The contests listed on this page don't require the use of Tamil language to submit your entry. Some of these contests have indicated specific languages to use, not the Tamil language.

Question: I had started writing for Hubpages from 2013 to 2016 before I stopped due to an injury. I would like to continue. Is everyone allowed to write on HubPages or just a specific community or only us nationals?

Answer: Anyone from any region of the world can be registered at the site -Hubpages. It isn't limited to a specific community, country or people.

Since you didn't delete your Hubpages account, you can continue writing articles for the site. If you remember your username and password, you're good to go. If you can't remember your password, you can click the 'forgot password" under the log-in page.

Question: Are there writing competitions for the people above the age of fifty?

Answer: Yes. These competitions are for people above the age of eighteen. If there is a specific age or age bracket I will note it but if the age bracket isn't indicated, then individuals of any age can participate.

Question: I am from Ethiopia, Africa. Can I participate in any free writing contests?

Answer: Yes, you can participate. The contests listed on this page accept writers from any country. The only contests that accept writers from a certain country are those that I have indicated the contests are restricted to writers from 'this' country. The contests that I haven't indicated they accept writers from a specific country are contests which any individual from any nation can participate.

Question: Are there online writing contests for 13-years old entrants?

Answer: Yes, there are writing contests for 13-years old entrants. This contest page is always updated therefore keep on checking to see if your age is included.

Question: Will I have to register before writing my essay for the International writing contest?

Answer: I'm not sure which essay you're referring to but if you're asked you have to register or fill a form before submitting your entry, then you have to do so.

Question: I started filling the form for card poetry but I couldn't submit it. When I write my content, the tab for submitting disappears. How can I complete the submission to a contest?

Answer: I haven't yet submitted mine. Have you tried several times and it has failed? It might result from poor network reception.

If you have tried several times but the problem persists, try on a different smartphone or computer. If it persists, contact the Blue Mountain Arts. There might be some technical problems.

Question: There is a contest you've listed whose deadline is 21 September 2019. When will they announce the winner?

Answer: At the end of the contest, I have included a link. Click it and it will direct you to the contest's page where they have indicated announcement of winners. If they have not indicated, wait for their email. They will notify you if you're the winner.

Question: What is the address of the 2020 Montreal Poetry Prize and its criteria?

Answer: Apologies for replying late. The contest is not free. The entry fee is 20 CAD. There is late entry after 2 June. If you submit your entry later than the date, you'll pay CAD 25 instead of 20. The poem should have fewer than 40 lines.

Submission is online. Once you access the site, you'll see a menu. Click on it then you'll see on the dropdown menu, poem. Click it. It will direct you to create an account if you don't have one. After creating an account, you'll be able to submit.

© 2017 Alianess Benny Njuguna

Comments

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 25, 2020:

@Thomas, unfortunately, most of these competitions are eligible to entrants who are above the age of 18.

Here is a contest that you might want to join as it accepts entries of those under 18: 'Creative Writing Ink Competition.'

Once I come across a competition for your age, I will post.

K.H Thomas on August 24, 2020:

Can a 13 year old join in the competitions?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 28, 2020:

@Lakshanya, you're welcome.

Lakshanya on July 27, 2020:

Thank you

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 24, 2020:

Thank you, S.rjarajan.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 24, 2020:

@Sadhna, unfortunately, there are no writing competitions in Hindi.

S.rjarajan on July 23, 2020:

Super

Sadhna on July 23, 2020:

How I can participate in a writing competition in Hindi

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 15, 2020:

At the end of a contest, you'll see 'Details here.' Click or press 'here.' It is a link which will direct you to the contest's page.

Janet on July 14, 2020:

How do we submit please

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 09, 2020:

You're welcome

Favour on July 09, 2020:

thanks

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 09, 2020:

@Favour, at the end of each contest, you will see 'Details here.' Click or press 'here.' It will direct you to that contest's page. The 'here' is linked to that particular contest's page.

Favour on July 09, 2020:

where should i click to the competition page

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 08, 2020:

@Pinkey, at the end of each competition, you'll see 'Details here.' Click here which is a link. It will direct you to the competition's page where you'll get information how to submit and further guidelines.

Pinkeymughal on July 08, 2020:

I am an Pakistani please take me in this competition

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 07, 2020:

@Favour, you can join the contests as they accept entries from all over the world. The contests that contain 'restricted to..' are only eligible for a certain country (ies). Those that don't contain 'restricted to...' are eligible to anyone in the world.

Favour on July 07, 2020:

hi ,am in Africa can i join this competition.

Favour on July 07, 2020:

please am in Africa can i join these competition

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 06, 2020:

main vah nahin hoon jo kantestents ko host kar raha hai. main vaastavik svatantr pratiyogita khojata hoon aur unhen post karata hoon. pratyek pratiyogita ke ant mein mainne ek link shaamil kiya hai jo aapako pratiyogita ke prshth par nirdeshit karega. vahaan aapako sabamit karane kee jaanakaaree milegee

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 28, 2020:

@Nisha, yes you can send an essay as an educator. If the contest hasn't indicated the age entrance, you can participate. If it has, and your age falls in the age range of the contest, you can participate. But if the age indicated is below 18 years, you can't enter that contest.

Nisha on June 28, 2020:

Can an educator send essay who is above 20?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 28, 2020:

@Rehan, there are two contests that fit the criterion you've indicated. The deadline for the contests is July. They are: Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award & 2020 Essay Competition.

Rehan Sheikh on June 26, 2020:

Is there any international writing contest for 12 year old child? Kindly assist me

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 26, 2020:

@Rusell, most of the listed contests accept entrants who are above the age of 30. Unless it is indicated that a contest accepts a certain age range, the contest is eligible for participants at the age of 18 and onwards.

This means, if a contest indicates it accepts entrants above the age of 18 or doesn't list the entry age, the contest is applicable for individuals who are 18 years and above.

Russel Bitchayda on June 25, 2020:

Is there Essay contest for 30 years old and above?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 24, 2020:

@Rubayet, there are scientific-related competitions but they're less frequent than non-scientific contests.

When I come across scientific contests, I will post it.

Rubayet Alam on June 24, 2020:

is there any scientific or science-related article writing competition?

Kurie on June 19, 2020:

Hello, I found this page to be very helpful :) but I'm in Africa and a variety of the competitions are restricted. Not sure if you can help me find competitions i can compete in.

thank you

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 14, 2020:

@Zahra, unfortunately, I am not the one holding the contests. I have listed contests that are free and genuine.

In each contest, I have included a link that will direct you to the contest page where it lists how you can submit your entry.

At the end of each contest, you'll Details here. Click here which is a link to the contest's page.

In each contest, I have included the deadline. The deadline indicated is the correct one.

Students can participate in the contests if they are 18 and above.

Zahra Ali on June 13, 2020:

In the recent Writers Contest can students participate? What is the correct deadline please acknowledge

Zahra Ali ( zaahra0098@gmail.com) on June 13, 2020:

Please send in the email address where we can send our writings for competition. Thank you.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 03, 2020:

@Renuga, all the contests are free to enter.

Renuga on June 03, 2020:

Did all the events are really free?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 10, 2020:

Thank you, Rajpereira.

Rajpereira on April 10, 2020:

Useful information

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 27, 2020:

Not all contests offer certificate of participation. It depends with an organizer of a contest.

Saksham on March 26, 2020:

Should we get certificate

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on March 24, 2020:

Thank you, Casey. I appreciate bringing fort these two contests. I will post them on the contest page.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on February 27, 2020:

Thank you, You don't need to know. Maybe you'll find the contest you want in future.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on February 26, 2020:

Thank you, You don't need to know. Maybe future contests will.interest you.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on February 26, 2020:

Thank you, Ibeoonline2008@yahoo.com

You don't need to know on February 26, 2020:

Thank anyways I couldn't find a a contest

Ibeoonline2008@yahoo.com on February 26, 2020:

I like what your doing

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on February 21, 2020:

Thank you, Alifiya

Alifiya on February 21, 2020:

Bestest

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 12, 2020:

Thank you, Neelamani. I appreciate it.

Neelamani Sutar on January 12, 2020:

Your site is a great platform for writers. I always get valuable information.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on January 08, 2020:

In some contests individuals who are less than 18 years can participate. When contests require people of below 18 years to participate incl 12 years, I will indicate in the details of the contest.

anonymous on January 07, 2020:

is a twelve year old eligible to participate in any writing contests?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 18, 2019:

M. Kalaivani, I don't conduct the contests or organizer of any of the contests on this page. I list genuine free to enter contests. I have provided links under each contest which will direct you to the contests' page where you can find more information on how to submit.

You can send your entry to the address provided if the contest allows. Or you can access a computer that is internet enabled at your local cyber cafe.

M.kalaivani on December 18, 2019:

I have many story .but I don't have cell.plese give a chance send letter to the address

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 04, 2019:

Thank you, Donna. I wish you all the best in the contests which you'll participate.

Donna Rayne from Sparks, NV on December 04, 2019:

Thank you for sharing all these links to writing contests. I am going to enter some of the poetry contest! Awesome article!

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 02, 2019:

Thank you, Sayali

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on December 01, 2019:

Thank you, Sayali for the feedback.

Sayali Sharad rane on November 30, 2019:

Thank you.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on November 26, 2019:

Thank you, Jupitara.

jupitara kalita on November 16, 2019:

thanks a lot for the information

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on October 30, 2019:

Thank you, Diana

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on October 30, 2019:

Thank you Nonso, you found this helpful.

Diana on October 30, 2019:

Nice

Nonso on October 23, 2019:

I'm really glad I found these. Thanks alot!

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on October 19, 2019:

Thank you, Shirly. Much appreciated.

Shirly Singh on October 19, 2019:

This site was bery helpful... i.never knew it had so many writing contests.

Thank you

shivanshi on September 27, 2019:

gamsamnida, thank you for putting everything at a single place. it helped a lot.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 27, 2019:

You are welcome, Daanish.

Daanish on September 27, 2019:

thank you for this

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 23, 2019:

Thanks Afshin for considering us. I will post your contest.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 18, 2019:

Thank you, Afshin for considering us. I will include it in this list.

Afshin on September 18, 2019:

Hi,

Great resource!

I just launched our 2019 Short Story Competition and I'm hoping that you can add it to your list. It expires on November 10th of 2019.

Here's the link for the competition information:

https://www.estatediamondjewelry.com/microstory/

Thanks,

Afshin

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 16, 2019:

@nyi, postal code refers to sending mail through postal mail. This is when you take the envelope containing a letter or whatever is in the envelope to the post office so that they can send it to the intended person.

I think is what you are asking.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 13, 2019:

@Rana. You can join anytime. Each contest has a deadline. Choose the contest you want and submit your entry before the deadline.

nyi one/kopyinnyar40@gmail.com on September 13, 2019:

what is postal code?please I want to know this word for form writing.

Rana on September 09, 2019:

Can I join now??

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 05, 2019:

Thank you, Sujwin for considering this webpage in announcing your contest. I will include it in this page.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on August 29, 2019:

I don't know what you mean but the contests are helpful in a number of ways e.g. sharpening your writing skills, recognition of winning a contest and winning the mentioned prizes.

caitlyn on August 25, 2019:

is this helpful?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on July 07, 2019:

Thank you, Kasha.

Kansha on July 07, 2019:

Thanks for the list! Really helpful and informative

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 11, 2019:

I agree with you, Rakesh.

rakesh pattar Aikur on June 11, 2019:

essay competition is very good for students and modern youths

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 08, 2019:

Tishya, I am not the organizer of these competitions. I have only listed contests that are free to enter. Choose the contest you want as there are many short story contests to choose from the above list. At the end of each contest I have provided a link, which is a one word in colour. Click it and you will be directed to another page where you will get information how to apply. Try your lack because they are free to participate.

Tishya on June 08, 2019:

Hey.

Writing is my passion and my dream is to become a writer.I have written a number of stories based on the mind contents of a teenager . I have written motivational stories and stories that can enhance a teenage mind. I am just searching for a chance. I request you to give me a chance.

thanks.

Tishya.

Rohan singh on June 03, 2019:

I am rohan from jamshedpur jharkhand

Writing is my hobby and I want to become a writer. I have written many stories in my copy .please give me a chance to write a story. I writes horror stories,sad stories, about dream. So sir please give me a chance to participate in this contest

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 01, 2019:

@ Any, yes you can participate in the contests. You are not required to be a professional writer to participate.

Choose the contest you want, click the link at the end of the contest you want. The link is in colour. It will take you to the contest's page where you will get more information about the contest. You can participate in many contests you want.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on June 01, 2019:

@ Manish, I'm not the one holding contests. I have only listed the contests. Read the contest you want then click a link at the end of the contest which will take you to you the contest's page where you will get more information how to participate. The link is red in colour.

Ensure you only write the names of one person. You can write together but only put the name of one person in your entry.

Anu on May 31, 2019:

Sir I am an Indian Housewife, no professional writer, can I participate in competitions

Manish Kashyap on May 31, 2019:

I Manish Kashyap and my Girl Friend Mrigakshi Kashyap we are in a relationship since class 8 and we want to write essay together so please give us a chance now immediately.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 30, 2019:

At the end of each contest, I have included a link that directs you to the website's contest page. There you'll find information how to send your entry.

When you see a word in colour at the end of each contest, that is the link you need to click. It will direct you to another website where it contains more information about the contest and how to send your entry.

Tia on May 30, 2019:

Where should I send my writing like Short story, poem, essay?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 30, 2019:

Yes, you can participate in any of the contest including short stories that have been posted in this page.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 24, 2019:

Thank you, Glory. I am glad to hear this article was helpful to you. If you ever win from any of these contests let me know. It will mean a lot to me.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 24, 2019:

@Krishna, there are free entry poetry contests for people under the age of 18. As of now, I haven't come across one but keep on checking. When I come across the free poetry contests, I will post them in this contest page.

Glory Godday on May 24, 2019:

this article is an open door for writers, including one like me

Krishna kant sharma on May 21, 2019:

Is there any poetry contest in written form for below 18 years of age and with free entry for Indian residents

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on May 09, 2019:

It will depend with the contest. Some allow you to publish the work you have submitted and won to other contests or online sites. If you don't win, you are free to submit the work in any contest. Do click the link I have provided under each contest to learn if you can own rights to your work or they will be reverted to the contest.

Eddy on May 07, 2019:

Do I still own my work if I will or don't??!Like I can publish it??

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on April 28, 2019:

This article contains list of free short story and essay contests. I have included a link under each contest, which is red in colour. Click it and it will direct you to the contests page which contains more information.

Ayena bridget on April 28, 2019:

I was looking for more essay and short story writing contests that are free to enter and open internationally for all. If you can assist me please give in your links.

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