2019 Free International Writing & Non-Writing Entry Contests
If you're looking for online contests that you can participate or submit your work for free, without being required to pay entry free; don't look further.
This article will provide you with an overview of each contest including the last date to submit your work and the type of prizes to be won. A link has been included in each contest which will direct you to the relevant contest's page to better understand what's required of you.
However, unlike earlier, this article will concentrate on writing contests only, that is, short story, novel, flash fiction, poetry, article, essay and creative nonfiction. For non-writing contests - designing, illustration, drawing, painting, photography and short video/film production - a separate article has been created to provide you with an up-to-date list of the said contests.
Click here to be directed to non-writing contests.
Cheers on your success. If you don't win, don't beat yourself down. Try another one, and another one, and another one. You never know.
NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, the entries should be submitted in English language. Whereas a language(s) is accepted other than English, it will be noted in the concerned contest.
1. The Writing District Contest
This is a monthly short story contest.
Deadline: The last date of the month
Word count: 3,000
Email submission: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prizes: $50 to the overall winner
Visit their website for more info: The Writing District
2. Micro Sweek Flash Fiction Contest
This is a monthly flash fiction contest. Each month has its own theme.
Prize: $50 for the overall winner
Deadline: The 22nd day of every month
Word count: 250 words
In addition, there is a prize of $15 for the best feedback to the stories updated for each particular month.
Familiarize yourself with the general rules that have been outlined in Sweek Blog pertaining to the monthly flash fiction contest.
Click here to find out Sweek's flash fiction contest theme for each month.
3. The Writing Quarter Competition
Word count: 3,000 words
Only one entry per person.
The winner of a particular month will be notified by the organizer of this contest by the 30th day of the following month.
Check them here to learn more.
4. Furious Fiction
Can you beat the deadline in as little as 55 hours after receiving the short story prompt? This is your chance to put your writing skill into test. Once the prompt is displayed in the organizer's website, on the first Friday of every month, you have to race against the clock to write a 500-word short story (or less) in less than 55 hours to win AUD$500.
Click this link to learn more.
5. The Third Word Press
In this contest you are required to write flash fiction of not over nor under but exactly 80 words. "Your submission can be an extract from a longer work; a full story with a beginning, a middle and end; or it can simply be a scene - it's what you do with it that is of interest. You can submit as many pieces as you like per competition."
Deadline: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.
Prize: £20 and your work will be published on the organizer's website.
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1. Writer Contest
This is a quarterly contest which occurs four times a year.
Type of contest: Scientific and Fantasy genres
Word length: 17,000 words
"The contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits."
Prizes: $1000, $750, $500 including trophies. Additionally, the winners of quarterly contest will compete to win the annual prize of $5,000.
You can submit through email or snail mail.
1. The Nine Dots Prize
Is there a place like home? Or, let’s rephrase it as per the site contest’s page: ‘Is there still no place like home?’
You are required to respond the question above by writing a 3,000-words piece.
The winner will receive $100,000 “to write a short book expanding on their ideas.”
In addition to the length of the manuscript, entrants are required to submit “an outline structure for their proposed book and a justification statement of their ability to complete the book in seven months via an online submission form.”
Deadline: January 21, 2019
2. The Caine Prize for African Writing
This contest invites submission from publishers who have published short stories from African writers. The term African is interpreted in different ways which you can find in their submission page. This prize is meant “to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a writer audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.”
They do not accept “stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3000 words and unpublished work. They prefer short stories between 3000 and 10000 words.
“Winning and short-listed authors will be invited to participate in writers’ workshops in Africa, London and elsewhere as resources permit. There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The short-listed candidates will also receive a prize of £500. The winner is also invited to go to three literature festivals in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.”
Deadline: January 31, 2019
3. St. Martin’s Minoteur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition
The organizer of this contest is accepting submission of novel story related to crime from unpublished authors. The exception is self-published authors as long as they don’t submit their self-published work.
Your work should be original and in English language.
Word length: 60,000 words or 220 typewritten pages.
“If a winner is selected, Minotaur Books will offer to enter into its standard form author’s agreement with the entrant for publication of the winning manuscript. After the execution of the standard form author’s agreement by both parties, the winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. On the condition that the selected writer accepts and executes the publishing contract proposed by Minotaur Books, the winner will then be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2019.”
Deadline: January 11, 2019
4. John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Topic: Describe and anlayze an act of political Courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917.
This contest is opened to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas."
Deadline: January 18, 2019
Prizes: $10,000 for first place winner and $3,000 for the second one. Five finalists will be awarded $1,000 each and eight semi-finalists will receive $1,000 each.
Word length: 700-1000
5. Puchi Award 2019
The organizer of this contest is looking for a unique book - a book of its own kind that can contain everything and anything.
This contest is open "to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, illustrated albums, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable."
The work should be original.
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Prizes: "The winner will receive a cash prize of €8,000 (VAT) and all other taxes included, as an advance on the rights of the published work) and have his/her work published and distributed by Fulgencio Pimented."
In addition "Contestants may submit works-in-progress or finished works that have never been published, at least not with an ISBN and/or for commercial distribution."
1. Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award
Theme: Manned space exploration
Word length: 8,000 words
They don't want to see: "Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure."
Here is what they want to see: "Stories that show technology or space travel as evil or bad, galactic empires, paranormal elements, UFO abductors, zombie stories, thinly veiled copies of previous winners, non-standard novel excerpts, screenplays."
For prizes and other information such as how to submit, click here to learn more.
Deadline: February 1, 2019
1. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
You are invited to submit one humorous poem which might be published or not. Additionally it may contain inspired gibberish.
Length: Max 250 lines
Prizes: "First prize of $1,000 plus one-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value). Second prize of $250. Ten honorable mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online."
Deadline: April 1, 2019
1. Essay Writing Contest 2018/2019
Aussie Writings is inviting submission of essays on the topics they have provided in their contest page site. You are free to participate as much as you like.
Length: 800-1000 words
Prizes: 1st prize - $1000; 2nd prize - $800; 3rd prize - $600 and publication on their website.
Deadline: May 31, 2019
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