2019 Free International Writing & Non-Writing Entry Contests

Updated on January 21, 2019
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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.

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Monthly Contests

1. The Writing District Contest

This is a monthly short story contest.

Deadline: The last date of the month

Word count: 3,000

Theme: Open

Email submission: competition@thewritingdistrict.com

Prizes: $50 to the overall winner

Visit their website for more info: The Writing District

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

Theme: Open

Word count: 3,000 words

Only one entry per person.

Prize: $30

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

Check them here to learn more.

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.

Details here.

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Quarterly Contests

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.

Details here.


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January Deadline

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

Details here

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

Details here

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

Details here

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

Details here

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."

Details here

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February Deadline

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


April Deadline

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

Details here.

May Deadline

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

Details here.

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    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      6 weeks ago from Kenya

      Hi Kautham. I am working on January 2019 contests

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      Kautham 

      6 weeks ago

      Please publish another article for 2019's contests...Thank you!!!

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      6 weeks ago from Kenya

      Saeed, many countries have no writing or online contests as is your case.

      The contests listed in this page are free to enter and any individual from any part of the world can participate including you from Iran. If a contest is limited to a particular country it will be indicated. Feel free to enter:)

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      Saeed barari 

      6 weeks ago

      Can we attend from another country? For example, we send the script from Iran to US via email ( we have almost nothin useful in iran :-( )

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 months ago from Kenya

      Hussein, these contests are free to enter. There is no fee to enter.

      XYZ, the prizes and payment depend with an organization and how much money they can afford to pay winners.

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      XYZ 

      2 months ago

      please motivate writers by providing good prizes and good payments.

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      Hussein Sabbaghi 

      2 months ago

      Isn't any free entry fee?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      3 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Creative writing news. I agree with your comment, and you're warmly welcome.

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      Creative writing news 

      3 months ago

      Thank you for publishing this list of contests.

      Writing contests encourage writers to push boundaries.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Ann Gibson. I very much appreciate your comment and encouragement. Thanks too for the blessing.

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      Ann Gibson 

      5 months ago

      Thank you so much for this article... You're such of a kind... God bless you Njuguna

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Madhvi for your feedback. The contests are free to enter, and any citizen from any part of the world can participate. If a contest is restricted to a specific region or nation, it will be indicated.

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      madhvi 

      5 months ago

      thanx for updating with such lovely contest.Citizen of all countries are allowed to participate or some specific countries?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 months ago from Kenya

      You are welcome Douglas. There are plenty of them. I am sure you will find a couple to participate.

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      DOUGLAS CHUUMBWE 

      5 months ago

      I really want to participate in the competition

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 months ago from Kenya

      Thanks for your feedback. I will consider it

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      欢 

      5 months ago

      Go Shortcuts!

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      6 months ago from Kenya

      I'm sorry to hear that. You're welcome. I hope through writing you'll be comforted and it will aid in the healing process because you've lost a very special person in your life. My condolence.

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      Jean Saville 

      6 months ago

      I am interested in some of the competitions. I have just lost my ony daughter in a motor accident - i need o write !

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      6 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Hipster24 for your feedback. I will include film making contests.

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      Hipster24 

      6 months ago

      Its a very good content. Thank you. Please update about more competitions that is held throughout the year and please add a category for short film making contest.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      6 months ago from Kenya

      You are welcome, T. Shreya, to participate in any contest listed on this page. Find the contest which is appropriate to you, which you're eligible to enter, and you're good to go. Best wishes.

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      T. Shreya 

      6 months ago

      I want to participate in this competition

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      7 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Augustin for stopping by.

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      Augustin Kinguse 

      7 months ago

      Thanks for this great information

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      7 months ago from Kenya

      Thanks Vivek for the feedback.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      7 months ago from Kenya

      Hi Eli

      You are not seeing things. When the duration of a contest expires, I remove the outdated contest to make room for new ones. This, is to avoid browsing through a long list of contests, both the active and non-active. This applied to the missing contest which you saw but is no longer visible.

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      Eli 

      7 months ago

      HI there. I visited this page a couple days ago and I think there was an essay contest about "How I plan on spending summer vacation" but I no longer see it on this page. Am I seeing things or did something change? Thanks.

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      Vivek Ydv 

      7 months ago

      Its really amazing post.

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      Vivek Ydv 

      7 months ago

      Thank you so much for this posting.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      7 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you gungun for the feedback. I wish you all the best as you try out on any of the listed contest.

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      gungun 

      7 months ago

      thanks a lot.. kudos to u all.. for the site...gained as knowledge as much as I can.. As a student I'll surely do my best..

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      8 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Lizzy for your feedback. Since you aren't new to writing and have come across different writing tasks, I'm sure you'll do much better.

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      Lizzy Taylor 

      8 months ago from USA

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      9 months ago

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      This is the link to the full contest details:

      https://peculium.io/copywriter-contest/

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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      15 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Dora Isaac Weithers for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 

      16 months ago from The Caribbean

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