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2020/21 Free International Writing Entry Contests

This is my purpose in life: to better myself through knowledge and help others do the same. I hope you enjoy my writing.

There are countless of online writing competitions you can participate in. The best part is there are competitions that don't require an entrant to pay a certain fee to submit their work for a chance to win a monetary prize.

If you're looking for free competitions, don't sweat. You have arrived at the right place wherein you'll be updated on the latest free contests. They are free to enter, and what's more, they accept individuals from any part of the world.

Note: Unless stated, majority of the listed contests accept international submission. Wherein a competition is limited to a certain region, it will be indicated.

Best of wishes as you submit you best work to any of the listed contests in this page.

Regular Contests

These competitions occur on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. The contests are arranged in the order of their frequency.

1. Monthly contests

a) The Writing Quarter Competition

Type: Short Story

Theme: Open

Length: 1,000-3,000 words

Prize: $30

Deadline: Last day of each month

Details here.

b) Furious Fiction

The contest begins on the first Friday of each month.

It runs for 55 hours - Friday to Sunday.

A new set of story prompts are displayed on their contest page every first Friday of each month.

Length: 500 words

Prize: AUD500

Age: 17 years and above

Details here.

c) Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open

Length: 1,000 words

Prize: $30

Deadline: Last date of every month

Details here.

d) Creative Writing Ink Competition

Submission of poems only.

Theme: Open

Length: 40 lines

Prize: Publication on their website and an Amazon voucher worth £10.

You must have your parent's contest to participate in this contest If you're below the age of 18.

Deadline: Last date of every month.

Details here.

e) 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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Writing is My Hobby

2. 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.

2020 Deadline Contests

July Deadline

1. Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

Age: 11-17 years

Theme: Any

Length: Any

Languages: English, British Sign Language or Braille.

Awards: "Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Avon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners' development with performance, publication and internship opportunities."

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Details here.

2. 2020 Essay Competition

The purpose of John Locke Institute essay contests is to "encourage young people to cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers: independent thoughts, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style."

There are six category-topics questions students can choose to submit their essays: philosophy, politics, economics, history, psychology, theology and law.

Also, there is Junior category for students below the age of 15.

Age: 18 years and younger

Prizes: "There is a prize for the best essay in each category. Each subject prize is worth £100, and the essays will be published (with the author's permission) on the Institute website."

Deadline: July 25, 2020

Details here

3. LiteraTea Contests

a) LiteraTea Emerging Writers’ Short Story Contest

Prize: Grand Prize is $345 and a free six-month membership in LiteraTea’s Advanced Writers’ Program. All qualified entrants will receive professional feedback on their stories and a free provisional membership to LiteraTea.

Entry Period: For this special contest, LiteraTea employs a rolling reading period. Once sufficient qualified entries, around 100, are received, finalists will be selected and announced. A community reading period follows this announcement, prior to judging. Then, the contest will reset.

b) LiteraTea Spring Short Story Contest

Word Count: 1200-3000 words.

Prize: Grand Prize is $345 and a free six-month placement in our Advanced Writers’ Program.

Entry Period: The entry period is now open and runs through 5/7/2020.

Word Count: 1200-3000 words.

Theme: Write a short story about COMMUNITY - however you see it. For example, you could write about a colony - whether it be ant or nudist! Just put your all into it.

This contest is restricted to US residents only.

Details here.

4. 12th Casa África Essay Prize

Theme: Climate Change in Africa

"Casa Africa has decided to dedicate the twelfth edition of its essay prize to climate change, its effects on the African continent, future trends and, especially, the way in which this threat is being fought."

Languages accepted: Spanish, English, French or Portuguese

Length: 15,000-20,000 words

Prize: €2,000

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Details here.

5. 2020-Flash-03 - Courage

Theme: Courage

Length: 350 words

The entry should be family friendly.

Prizes:

Grand Prize - $50 Amazon Gift

First Prize - $25 Amazon Gift Card

All Winners - Permanent star page, permanent publication of the story on the site.

Shortlisted stories may be selected for publication on Amazon Kindle and Alexa.

You must be a member to enter.

You may enter as many times as you like.

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Details here.

6.Beechmore Books Competitions

a) Beechmore Life Writing Competition

Send "your best life writing," which they define as "any creative prose with the essence of truth and a focus on the author's personal experience."

Length: 1,000 words

Prizes:

1st prize: £200, publication on their website, and a notebook of your choice.

2nd prize: £100, publication on their website, and a notebook of your choice.

Also, "if the standard is high enough," they "may publish other entries" on their website "in exchange for a reward of £50 each."

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Details here.

b) Beechmore Arts Journalism Competition

If you fancy arts, you're welcome to submit your entry that explores any arts-related subject.

Length: 1,000 words

Prizes:

1st prize: £200, publication on their website, and a notebook of your choice.

2nd prize: £100, publication on their website, and a notebook of your choice.

Also, "if the standard is high enough," they "may publish other entries" on their website "in exchange for a reward of £50 each."

Deadline: July 31, 2020

Details here.

August Deadline

1. Under the Hooded Monster Contest

"Francis Booker and Michael Ragusa are holding a contest to see who can write the best short story about facing down a monster and overcoming it. Winning entries will be published on the Under the Hood website and reviewed on the Under the Hooded YouTube channel...

We want to see stories the stories about confronting your best monsters. Bonus points for original monsters!"

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Award: $100, publication on the Under the Hooded website, and a review on the Under the Hooded YouTube channel.

Entrants: Individuals living in United States

Entries: A maximum of 3 entries per entrant

Length: 1,000-10,000 words

Deadline: August 31,2020

Details here

2. Kindle Storyteller Award

"The Kindle Storyteller is a £20,000 literary prize recognising outstanding writing. It is open to writers publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing."

Your book should be published on the Amazon platform between the start of the competition, May 1, 2020 and the deadline of the contest, August 31, 2020.

You can submit as many times as you like.

"Entrants must make the Book available for sale in both digital and print versions through KDP."

Details here.

3. Yale Drama Series

Prize: $10,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and staged reading at Lincoln Center's Claire Two Theater.

Length: Full-length plays of more than 65 pages.

Translations, musicals and children's plays are not accepted.

Deadline: August 15, 2020

Details here.

4. The 2020 Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

Prizes:

3 winners will receive $200 each, plus publication.

6 finalists will receive $50 each, plus publication.

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Details here.

5. Midsummer Mystery Contest

They're on the lookout for stories that "keep readers hooked with suspense which means this contest is open to submissions of multiple genres, such as: mystery, thriller, crime, fantasy, paranormal, urban, horror and any other genre that keeps your readers on the edge of their seats."

They also accept "all books with a mysterious and tense theme."

Length: 7,500 words upwards

They accept both ongoing and completed works.

Prizes:

$650, an exclusive badge for your book cover and an Inkitt social media feature.

$200, an exclusive 2nd place book badge and an Inkitt social media feature.

$100, and an exclusive 3rd place book badge.

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Details here.

6. Perseverance Short Story Contest

Length: 1,200-3,000 words

Theme: Dreams

Prize: $345, 6-month placement in their Elite Writers' Program.

Eligibility: This contest is restricted only to US residents.

Deadline: August 26, 2020

Details here.

7. Earth's Final Chapter Short Story Competition 2020

Organized by Endless Ink Publishing House, the competition involves "the ongoing novella series Earth's Final Chapter."

Length: 5,000-8,000 words

Prizes:

Winner - $500

3 runners up - $100 each

"The top four stores will be published as a collection together, with accompanying illustrations, character concept designs, and poster art that is common for the EFC series stories."

Deadline: August 21, 2020

Details here.

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Woman Reading Book Near Cat

September Deadline

1. Nature Contest 2020

Categories:

i) The design concept for nature gadget

ii) The written idea in nature policy

iii) Portfolio of previous work inspired by nature

They are looking for submissions that "propose a nature-inspired design solution to a self-identified problem or a policy which benefits entire humanity."

Prizes:

Top ten design, written and inspiring portfolios shortlisted candidates will receive equal cash prizes, certificates and will be published in Nature Tutor Magazine.

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Details here.

2. The QuerryLetter.com Writing Contest

They are inviting submission of a back cover blurb for a hypothetical book.

They state on their contest page, "The writing contest is all about book blurbs. The twist? We want blurbs about completely made-up, nonexistent books..."

Length: 100 words

Prize: $500

You can submit multiple entries.

Deadline: September 15, 2020

Details here.

3. Green Stories Writing Competitions

Category: Green Children Stories

The entries should "conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story."

Length: "There will be two categories with corresponding suggested length: preschool illustrated books (2-6) max 1,000 words; young readers category (7-11) max 2,500 words."

Prizes: £200 for best preschool/illustrated book and £200 for best novel in young readers category.

Deadline: September 14, 2020

Details here.

4. TreadBikely

Prizes:

1st prize - $150

2nd prize - $100

3rd prize - $50

Writing type: Fiction and Nonfiction

Art-based submissions are also acceptable.

Length: 1,500 words

Deadline: September 11, 2020

Details here.

5.The Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest

Categories:

Category #1: Shakespearean/Petrarchan

Category #2: Modern Sonnet

Prizes: In both categories

First prize - $50

Second prize - $35

Third prize - $15

Three honourable mentions, unranked.

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Details here.

5. 2020-Flash-04- Home

Theme: Home

Length: 350 words

The entry should be family friendly.

Prizes:

Grand Prize - $50 Amazon Gift

First Prize - $25 Amazon Gift Card

All Winners - Permanent star page, permanent publication of the story on the site.

Shortlisted stories may be selected for publication on Amazon Kindle and Alexa.

You must be a member to enter.

You may enter as many times as you like.

Deadline: September 12, 2020

Details here.

October Deadline

1. Perito Prize

This is an annual fiction writing competition.

Perito Ltd, the organizer of this annual contest states on their contest page, "The Perito Prize will be awarded to outstanding New writing in short story fiction of between 1,000 and up to 2,000 words. The cash prize goes to the 1st place but there will be special mentions and the option for various fun interviews, readings, with or without musical accompaniment, on the Perito website for 2nd and 3rd places. The finalists and a selection of the best stories from the year will also be published in that year's Perito Prize Anthology which will be available to buy with all profits going to a selected charity which will change year by year."

Theme: Accessibility and Inclusive Design

Prizes: 1st winner - £500 and the their story will be uploaded to the Perito Prize section of the Perito Ltd website.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

The competition begins every year on January 1 with the deadline on October 1.

Details here.

2. Submit a Quotation

Prize: $1,000

Length: 20 words

You may submit as many quotations as you want. They should be your own work.

Teachers may submit quotations on behalf of their students.

Deadline: October 7, 2020

Details here.

3. The Bergen International Essay Competition

Theme: My Generation

Length: 2,000 words

Your entry can be in any language but it should be accompanied by an English translated version of it.

Prize:

Winner - €2,500

3 runners up - €500 each

The winning entries will also be published both online and in print.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Details here.

4. a) 2020 Fantasy Short Story Contest

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 1,000-5,000 words

Prize: $50 including publication

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Details here.

b) 2020 Go Green Prize Horror and Fantasy Short Story Contest

Genres: Horror and fantasy

Length: 2,000-10,000 words

Prize: $100 including publication

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Details here.

5. 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge

Theme: Visioning a Better World Beyond the Pandemic

"In your flash fiction piece, give us a snapshot into a post-pandemic world in which a shift towards positive systems change has occurred and new paradigm is established or unfolding."

They are looking for "an original take on ideas that underpin the vision of Systems Change Alliance, those of economic democracy, ecological sustainability, resilient communities, equally and spiritual values."

Length: 1,000-1,250 words

Prizes:

1st prize - €300

2 runners up - €100 each

The winning entries will also be published on the Systems Change Alliance website with author's permission.

Deadline: October 1, 2020

Details here.

November Deadline

1. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Length: 2,000-5,000 words

Eligibility: Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country or stateless persons currently residing in a Commonwealth country.

Pertaining to the eligibility, the organizer of the competition, Commonwealth Foundation, states, "There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing that they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country."

They also accept translated works including stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish.

"The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa 2. Asia 3. Canada and Europe 4. Carribean 5. Pacific

Prizes: "There will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money."

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Details here.

2. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021

The contest is "aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa."

Restricted to poets born in Africa, nationals of an African country or whose parents are African.

Prize: £3,000

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Details here.

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Cat on Laptop

December Deadline

1. Humourous Flash Fiction Contest 2020

Weekly Chokus in collaboration with Mamoona Foundation are accepting submission of humourous stories in their first held writing contest.

Age and Region: The competition is open to individuals of all ages who identify themselves as Pakistanis and live in Pakistan.

Individuals can submit as many entries as they'd like but they should not have been published anywhere, whether in print or online.

Length: 500-1,000 words

Prizes:

1st winner - PKR 10,000

1st runner-up - PKR 7,500

2nd runner-up - PKR 2,500

Your story should be rooted in a Pakistani setting i.e. people, places, ideas etc.

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Details here.

January Deadline

1. Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

They're looking for "murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story."

Length: No less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words.

Prize: The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.

Deadline: January 1, 2021

Details here.

April Deadline

1. Wergle Fromp Humor Poetry Contest

Prizes:

First prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)

Second prize: $500

Honorable mentions: 10 awards of $100 each

Top twelve entries published online

Length: 250 lines

No restriction on age of author.

Deadline: April 1, 2021

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: 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: 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: 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: Are these writing contests open to all nationalities?

Answer: Yes, they are open to all nationalities.

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: Can participants from any country participate?

Answer: Yes, any individual from any country can participate in the contests. If a contest is reserved for individuals from a certain country, I will indicate in the contest.

Question: Are there writing competitions for 13 year olds?

Answer: Yes, there at writing contests for children from the age of 13 and onward.

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 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: Are there any poetry contests?

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

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: 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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Comments

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

@Lakshanya, you're welcome.

Lakshanya on July 27, 2020:

Thank you

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

Thank you, S.rjarajan.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from 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

CaseyPeta on July 21, 2020:

✍️ Hi writers!

Announcing Bardsy's latest short story contest:

• This time, we'll explore a genre many of us enjoy on a nightly basis: dreams. As always, interpret the theme any way you wish.

• The winner will be awarded $345 and a six-month placement in Bardsy's Elite Writers' Program, which features live online workshops and one-on-one coaching.

• FREE to enter. US only. Click here for official rules and to submit your entry: https://www.bardsy.com/outreach/current_rules

We look forward to reading your stories!

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

You're welcome

Favour on July 09, 2020:

thanks

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

Thank you, Rajpereira.

Rajpereira on April 10, 2020:

Useful information

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

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

CaseyPeta on March 24, 2020:

Hello! LiteraTea is also hosting two new (free!) writing contests:

1) LiteraTea Emerging Writers’ Short Story Contest

Link: www.LiteraTea.com

Prize: Grand Prize is $345 and a free six-month membership in LiteraTea’s Advanced Writers’ Program. All qualified entrants will receive professional feedback on their stories and a free provisional membership to LiteraTea.

Entry Period: For this special contest, LiteraTea employs a rolling reading period. Once sufficient qualified entries, around 100, are received, finalists will be selected and announced. A community reading period follows this announcement, prior to judging. Then, the contest will reset.

Word Count: 1200-3000 words.

2) LiteraTea Spring Short Story Contest

Link: https://literatea.com/outreach/current_rules

Prize: Grand Prize is $345 and a free six-month placement in our Advanced Writers’ Program.

Entry Period: The entry period is now open and runs through 5/7/2020.

Word Count: 1200-3000 words.

Theme: Write a short story about COMMUNITY - however you see it. For example, you could write about a colony - whether it be ant or nudist! Just put your all into it.

U.S. residents only please.

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

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

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

Thank you, Alifiya

Alifiya on February 21, 2020:

Bestest

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

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

Donna Rayne from Greenwood, In 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 Kenya on December 02, 2019:

Thank you, Sayali

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

Thank you, Diana

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

You are welcome, Daanish.

Daanish on September 27, 2019:

thank you for this

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

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

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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??

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