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2021 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.

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Woman Reading Book Near Cat

Regular Contests

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.

f) The Penflashed Wad Monthly Competition

Theme: Each month has its own theme

Type of writing: Different for each month

Prize: $25

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


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


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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Cat on Laptop

August Deadline

1. Yale Drama Series

Length: Full-length plays, with a minimum of 65 pages.

They don't accept translations, musicals, and children plays. Also, plays that have been professionally produced or published are not eligible.


"The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of £10,000, publication if their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a stage reading or virtual performance."

Deadline: August 15, 2021

Details here.

2. 11th GOJL Student Essay Competition (2021)

Topic: International Law in Times of a Pandemic

Length: 5,000 words

Prize: Publication

Deadline: August 1, 2021

Details here.

3. Pan India Online Essay Contest for Youth

Takhte in collaboration with UNESCO are holding the third edition of the Pan India Online Essay Contest for Youth, titled, 'Year 2 AC - After Coronavirus: A Future Imagined by Youth.'

Age Groups:

a) Children (11-14 years)

b) Youth (15-24) years

The purpose of the contest is for the entrants to reflect on the challenges facing the current world, and in form of essay tell the organizers (and the rest of us) "how they envision a more resilient and better future for all."

"As in the past, entries will be received on a rolling basis, and UNESCO and Takhte will each week select the best two entries from the different categories, which will be published weekly on their websites and social media. Later in the year, the 100 winning essays will be published as a book."

Deadline: 6 August, 2021

Details here.

4. Write for Change

The Hay Festivals and WRITE FOR CHANGE are calling for submission of 100-500 words essays in preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP-26, 1-22 November 2021 in Glasgow.

The aim of this competition is to "create an anthology of public works to inspire a better world."


"Submissions will be showcased on our Write for Change digital Map, in an upcoming digital anthology, and automatically entered into a prize draw to win a stack of 20 Green Ideas books from our friends at Penguin."

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

5. The Preservation Foundation 'Biographical Nonfiction Contest'

It must be "a true story about the author or an individual(s) known to the author personally - not a fictional or historical character. Or, it could be autobiographical, a true story about the author's life, the whole or an episode."

Length: 1,000-10,000 words


First prize - $200

Second prize - $100

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

6. Jack Grapes Poetry Prize 2021

Theme: Any (Not specified)

Length: Any (Not specified)


3 winners - $500 each plus publication

9 finalists - $100 each plus publication

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

7. Briefly Write Poetry Prize

Length: 10 lines

Prize: $50

Deadline: August 8, 2021

Details here.

8. Future Folklore

Future Folklore is a speculative fiction contest that imagines a world where equitable climate change initiatives have been set in motion.

Topic: A positive and possible climate future


First prize - $400

Second prize - $275

Third prize - $150

Special selections (10) - $50 each

Deadline: August 9, 2021

Details here.

9. The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Diana Woods Memorial Award serves as special opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Launched in the Spring of 2012, Lunch Ticket is produced by the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, an innovative creative writing graduate program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice."

Subject: Any

Length: 5,000 words

Prize: $250

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

10. The Kindle Storyteller Award

Prize: £20,000

It's open to writers "publishing in English in any genre, who publish their work through Kindle Direct Publishing."

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

11. The VAL Wood Prize 2021

"The overall theme if this year's competition has been chosen to mark the end of lockdown and reflect times if positive change. We are looking to receive entries packed with originality and creativity that celebrate societal changes that have made the world a better place for communities or individuals."

Age: 16 years and above

Length: 2,000 words


a) Open Prize (worldwide)

Theme: Now & Then

£100 and published online

b) Yorkshire Prize

Theme: Good Old Days

Winner - £100

2 further commendations - £25

Deadline: August 28, 2021

Details here.

12. Hysteria Writing Competition

Theme: Hope and Unity

Genre: Any (except erotica and horror)

Winners of each category will get £50. Nine additional entries will be included in the Hysteria 8 anthology.


Short story - 600 words

Flash fiction - 100 words

Poetry - 12 lines

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

13. Costa Short Story Award

Eligibility: Entrants should be residing in the UK or Ireland.

Length: 4,000 words.

Deadline: August 2, 2021

Details here.

14. Young Anthropologist Essay Competition

Question: What do you hold dear?

Length: 1,000 words

Eligibility: 16-18 years. Applicants should be currently studying at school or college in the UK.


"All shortlisted entries will win a small prize. Two runners-up will receive £50 each. The winner of the Young Anthropologist will receive £1,000 and an invitation to an event at Goldsmiths to receive their trophy."

Deadline: August 2, 2021

Details here.

15. Green Stories Writing Competition

They are looking for "a radio play or series that inspires green behaviours/policies/practices."

Genre: Any


There are three categories:

a) 45 minute drama

b) 6x30 minute series

c) 5x15 minute series


Free script appraisal and treatment by the Literary Consultancy

Also, there will be opportunities for finalists whose entries will be considered by BBC Writers Room and Whistledown Productions.

Deadline: August 26, 2021

Details here.

16. UCSI University-Public Bank National English Language Essay Competition

Topic: Malaysia celebrates its 64th Independence Day this year 2021. To you, what does gaining independence mean and how does it impact the future generation of the nation?

Eligibility: Local and international high school students residing in Malaysia

The aim of the contest is to encourage high school students "to be interested in social and community issues and to express their thoughts through the art of essay writing using the English language.

Age: 16-20

Length: 1,000-1,500 words


First prize - RM5,000 cash, 100% tuition fee waiver, trophy and certificate

Second prize - RM3,000 cash, RM10,000 tuition fee waiver, trophy and certificate

Third prize - RM1,000 cash, RM8,000 tuition fee waiver, trophy and certificate

Fourth prize - RM1,000 cash, RM5,000 tuition fee waiver, trophy and certificate

Fifth prize - RM800 cash, RM3,000 tuition fee waiver, trophy and certificate

Consolation prize (15) - RM400 cash, RM2,000 tuition fee waiver and certificate

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

17. Merdeko Writing Competition 2021

Theme: Kindness

Type of writing: Fiction

Length: 1,500-2,000 words

Ages: 10-14


1st prize - Entry into Junior Writers Programme 2022 and will receive RM400 MPH vouchers

2nd prize - RM200 BookXcess vouchers

3rd prize - RM50 BookXcess vouchers

Length: 1,500-2,000 words

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

18. The Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize

A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection published in the previous year by a reading of upstate New York. The winner will also give a reading and teach a master class at Ultica College.

Books may be submitted by author or publisher.

Submitted work must be a book of poems in English, at least 48 pages long, published between July 2, 2020 and June 30z 2021 by a resident of Upstate New York.

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

19. Human Essay Contests: COVID-19, Vaccine, and Human Rights

Theme: COVID-19, Vaccine, and Human Rights

Age: 13-18

Restricted to youth between the above age residing in Asia.

Length: 3,000 words


Grand prize (1) - Award & 1,000KRW

Runner-up (1) - Award & 500,000KRW

Consolation prize (5) - Award & 100,000KRW

Deadline: August 25, 2021

Details here.

20. International Student Paper Competition


Current udergraduate, graduate, on leave from university, 2-year college students studying in Asia, or those expected to graduate from the same.

Non-Korean nationals who are studying in Asia (limited to only Asia) are also eligible to apply. Non-Korean participants also must be a current undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at a university of a two-year college.

Theme: COVID-19, Vaccines, and Human Rights

The submission should "delve into legislative, social, cultural conditions that generate (or limit) human rights, and are related to the topic of 'COVID-19, Vaccines, and Human Rights."

The aim if the competition is "to provide undergraduate students in East Asia a platform to share their perspective towards the social issues regarding Covid-19 and vaccines in pursuit of the people to fully claim their basic rights and freedoms."


Papers written in Korean should be approx. 15 pages.

Papers written u. English should be approx. 10-15 pages


1st prize (1 paper) - Award certificate & scholarship of 2,000,000KRW

2nd prize (1 English/1 Korean) - Award certificate & scholarship of 1,000,000KRW

3rd prize (1 English/1 Korean) - Award certificate & scholarship of 500,000

Deadline: August 20, 2021

Details here.

21. Samsung Engineering/UN Environment 14th Eco-generation Environmental Essay Competition 2021

Theme: Inspiring and creative stories on ecosystem restoration

Age: 14-24

Length: 800-1,000 words


UN Environment Programme Prize (1) - e-certificate & Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Samsung Engineering Prize (2) - e-certificates & Samsung Galaxy Tab A

Eco-generation Prize (3) - e-certificates & Eco-generation Souvenirs & Books

Honourable Mentions (20) - e-certificates

Deadline: August 16, 2021

Details here.

22. #StandTogether Essay and Artwork Competition


Africans between the ages of 13-35 years

Theme: How Africa stand together to end the COVID-19 pandemic

You can submit either an essay or an artwork.

The length for the essay is 1,000 words


Winners will receive:

  • A 13-inch 2020 MacBook Pro or 2020 iPad Pro 12.9 inch
  • A bag of ONE (organizer's) merchandise

The educational institution of award winners (who are students) will be presented with an Apple iMac retina 4k computer.

The top five essays and artwork will be profiled on ONE's blog and social media channels.

All finalists will also win a bag of ONE merchandise each.

Deadline: August 20, 2021

Details here.

23. The Debra E. Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize

Prize: $1,000

Your submission (article) "must be focused on historical events OR focused on current issues (work, housing, organizing, health, education) and include historical context."

The article should have been published in print or online between August 31, 2020 and August 30, 2021.

They state, "The prize is given to insightful work that contributes to the understanding of labor history, shows creativity, demonstrates excellence in writing, and adheres to the highest journalistic standards of accuracy...publications and subject matter should target the United States and Canada, neither books nor plays are eligible."

Deadline: August 30, 2021

Details here.

24. The Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing

"The Beauchamp Prize will consider submissions of work that have been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged, and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews, and scholarly essays."


1st prize winner - $3,000

2 runners up - $1,000 each

The winning entry will be published in GC's printed journal.

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

25. The 2021 Ruritania Prize for Fiction

"The Ruritania Prize is a prize for those writing from a place that doesn't exist. English speakers who are struggling to find their role in a contradictory literary tradition which is simultaneously patronizing and affectionate."

Length: 1,000-4,500 words and written in English, translated or otherwise, so long as they are previously unpublished.


1st place winner - 350 euros and publication

2nd and 3rd winners - 50 and 20 euros

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

26. The Jacques Maritan Prize for Nonfiction

Theme: "In keeping with Maritan's own broad interests, we are not limiting submissions to a particular theme, other than what would fit within the context of a Catholic cultural and literary journal."

Book reviews and interviews are not eligible for the prize.


1st place winner - $500

2nd place winner - $300

3rd place winner - $200

Deadline for current issue: August 31, 2021

Details here.

27. The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Young Writer of the Year Award

They are looking for a full-length published or self-published (in ebook or book formats) work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry.


British or Irish authors who citizens of any of the countries, or those who have been resident in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland for the three years preceding the award, and aged 18-35 years.


Winning entry: £10,000

Shortlisted: £1,00 each

"The work submitted must have been first published in the UK and/or the Republic of Ireland, in the English language, between 23 June 2020 and 31 August 2021."

Deadline: August 31, 2021

Details here.

28. Graywolf Press Prize

A literary Press that publishes about thirty books annually, mostly collections of poetry, memoirs, essays, novels, and short stories, Graywolf Press is looking out for submission of full-length, previously unpublished novel manuscripts by authors residing in Africa.

They are seeking novels that "are engaged with the current moment - stories that could only be told in our time." They seek entries that "approach contemporary issues with innovative prose and fresh perspectives."


"A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be awarded to a first novel manuscript by an African author."

Applicants with prior books are eligible so long as none of those books is a novel.

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Details here.

September Deadline

1. Cambridge & Oxford Summer School Essay Competition

If you're a student, and desire to attend the Immerse Summer School in Oxford or Cambridge, here is a chance waiting for you. The Immerse Summer School offers a wide variety of summer programmes such as Architecture and Physics.

The first place winners will receive 100% scholarship, and the runners up 70% scholarship, to study on a subject of their choice.

Ages: 13-18

It's an international competition.

Your essay should be in response to pre-set questions in relation to their chosen subject which are provided on their contest's page. They state, "Our essay questions are pre-defined according to your age group and preferred subject. You are encouraged to tailor your essay response to reflect your interest in your chosen subject."

Deadline: September 2, 2021

Details here.

2. 2021 Hektoen Grand Prix Essay Competition


Winner - $5,000

Runner-up - $2,500

They state, "Topics must include art, history, literature, education etc. as they relate to medicine.

Length: 1,500 words

Deadline: September 15, 2021

Details here.

3. 2021 Annual Anthology Contest

Genre: Sweet Romance

Theme: First Love

Length: 5,000-6,000 words


"The winning stories will be edited and published by Dancing Lemur Press' imprint, Freedom Fox Press, near next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title."

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Details here.

4. Malaysia Day Year 2021 "COVID-19 Embrace Diversity" Essay Writing Competition

"The Competition invites members of the public to share their previous stories of multiculturalism or cross-cultural, especially during the period of COVID-19, with the aim of promoting tolerance and social cohesion of our country."

Eligibility: Both Malaysian and Non-Malaysian

Languages: Bahasa Melayu, English or Mandarin

Length: 500-1,000 words


All eligible participants will receive a token of appreciation for the participation.

Selected entrants will receive a cash prize and their essays will be published in media.

Deadline: September 6, 2021

Details here.

5. 2021 Black Voices in Children's Literature Writing Contest


Black authors (18yrs +) residing in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

"Eligible entries will include original fiction or nonfiction board books for ages 0-4 (50-125 words) and picture books for ages 84-8 (300-800 words) featuring contemporary, realistic Black character and culture and focusing on one or more of the following topics: character development, self-esteem, diversity, getting along with others, engaging with family and community, or other topics related to positive childhood development. History and fantasy themes will not be considered."


First place - $1,000

Second place - $500

Third place - $250

Deadline: September 20, 2021

Details here.

6. Stories Out of School' Flash Fiction Contest

Eligibility: Any adult (whether a teacher or not)

Length: 6-749 words


One winner will receive $1,000 and publication

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Details here.

7. Short Story Contest #38

Theme: Monster

Length: 1,000-5,000 words


First prize - $250

Second prize - $200

Third prize - $150

Honourable Mention - $75

Deadline: September 4, 2021

Details here.

8. Power of the Pen Creative Writing Contest

Age: 12-18

Types of writing: Poetry and short story


English & French


Prizes are awarded for 1st and 2nd place winners in each of the seven age groups (12-18) in poetry and short story.

1st prize in each category - £100

2nd prize in 3ach category - £25

All award winners will receive a cer7 and a copy if the Power of the Pen publication.

Each entry also qualifies for the Hamilton Association for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art Maitland Banting Silver Quill Award and Young Poet Award. The winner in each category reviews $250.

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Details here.

9. Planet New Writers' Competition

The organiser of this article competition is seeking writers or journalists who have never published a book. You might have been published in a magazine, online or in anthology. As long as you've never had a book published under your name, you're eligible to participate in this competition.

Length: 1,500-2,000 words


£200, a year's subscription or renewal, a range of 6 books published by Planet, publication of the winning essay, runners-up will receive a year's subscription or renewal.

They are looking for submissions that "are in-depth yet sufficiently accessible for a non-specialist audience." The entries should be "lively, well-crafted essays which have lasting impression." They are especially open to submissions that relate to "Wales in some way, however obliquely."

Deadline: September 1, 2021

Details here.

10. The Forge Literary Magazine Competition

A flash fiction and flash nonfiction held annually, the Forge Literary Magazine is open for submissions which must be previously unpublished.


First-place winners will be awarded $500, and their entries published.

Length: 1,000 words

Deadline: Open from September 1 to September 14 or when the organiser receives 300 entries per category.

Details here.

11. Beechman Books Writing

Competition Theme: Perspectives

Form: fiction, non-fiction or poetry


1st place - £200 + One year supply of Beechmore Journals

2nd place - £100 + Six months supply of Beechmore Journals

Deadline: September 25, 2021

Details here.

12. Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

Eligibility: 12th grades, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide Topics are provided whereby you're required to choose one to base your essay on.

Length: 800-1,600 words

Deadline: September 27, 2021

Details here.

13. FT's Bracken Bower Prize 2021 The 2021

Bracken Bower Prize is a collaborative effort between the Financial Times and McKinsey in awarding the winning entrant £15,000 for the best proposal for a business book about the challenges and opportunities of the growth.

Eligibility: Author or authors under the age of 35 "Applicants are asked to submit an essay or article of no more than 5,000 words that conveys the argument, scope and style of a proposed full-length business book and include a description of its structure."

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Details here.

14.The Writers College Writing Competition

Theme: The best writing tip I've ever received

Length: 600 words Prize: NZ $200 and publication

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Details here.

15. Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest

Your submission should factor the following in relation to this contest: "The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of the 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." The content is open to entrants from anywhere in the world.

Length: 3,000 words

Prize: $100 to the winning story

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Details here.

16. Creators of Justice Literary Awards

Held by the International Human Rights Art Festival (IHRAF), this is an award for poetry, short story and essay which touch on justice. "The idea may be imagined in any manner in which the writer sees fit, however, it must be based in our (organiser's) signature values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and engagement."


First prize - $150

Second prize - $100

Third prize - $50

Honourable Mentions: 5 writers will have their work published

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Details here.

17. Jamii Forum 'Stories of Change' Competition

The leading Tanzanian online platform, Jamii Forum, is hosting a writing contest titled 'Stories of Change.'

Purpose of the contest: To improve online content particularly through the Kiswahili medium for the benefit of the current and future generations. Additionally, their aim is to inspire participation among citizens and groups that don't receive the needed attention, for instance, the disabled, in participating in the collection and preparation of information in the country.

Eligibility: Tanzanians above the age of 18

Theme: Change

Entrants are required to submit a written work on the changes needed on different sectors in the country depending on the category chosen as it appears on the forum e.g. Health, Democracy, Social Change and Human Rights.

Languages: Kiswahili or English

Length: 1,500 words


1st prize winner - Tshs. 5 million

2nd prize winner - Tshs. 3 million

3rd prize winner - Tshs. 2 million

Other prizes up for grabs are: laptop, tablet and mobile phones.

Deadline: September 30, 2021

Details here.

October Deadline

1. Justice Centre Essay Contest

Question: Should citizens who refuse to get vaccinated have the same rights and freedoms as those who do get vaccinated?

Eligibility: Canadian youths (15-24) years

Length: Min. 1,000-2,500 words


1st prize: $2,000

2nd prize: $1,000

3rd prize: $500

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

2. Youth Scholarships

Theme: America: Where Do We Go From Here?


Students in grades 9-12 who are permanent residents of U.S.


"The national first place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient's American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first place winner from each UFW (United States Foreign Wars) Department (State) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000.

...Prizes and scholarships can be awarded at the Post, District, State and national level. Department (State) winners receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, to tour the city, be honored by the VFW and its Auxiliary and receive the portion of $154,099 in national awards, the top scholarship being $30,000."

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

3. Preservation Foundation's 'Travel Nonfiction Contest'

"Stories should be factual and true accounts of a trip taken by the author or a person known by the author."

Length: 1,000-10,000 words


First prize - $200

Runners-up - $100

The winner, runners-up and finalists will receive certificate of recognition.

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

4. The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

It's open to UK residents of age 18 and above.

Theme: Crime Stories

Length: 2,000-6,000 words


£500 to the winning story

The winner and 10 shortlisted authors will be featured in an ebook anthology by Comma Press. The winning entry will also be published online by Comma's media partner, Northern Soul.

Deadline: October 29, 2021

Details here.

5. Kids-World-Travel-Guide.Com Writing Competition for Kids 2021

Theme: Hope


a) Junior - 8-11 years

b) Senior - 12-15 years

Length: 300-500 words


Each of the category winners will receive a book voucher if US$50. The runner-up in each category will win a travel book prize worth $25.

The best essays in each category of the writing competition will be published on Kids-World-Travel-Guide.com

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Details here.

6. Little Stories, Big Ideas Secondary School Competition

The competition runs four times a year. Each quarterly competition has its own theme. The current theme is: Alien.

The competition is open to Australian secondary school students.

There are two categories in the competition:

a) Years 7 to 9

b) Years 10 to 12

Any style of writing is accepted.

There are great prizes to be won in each category.

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Details here.

7. 'Taiwan Excellence: Sharing Is Caring' Philanthropic Events

Organised by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the Taiwan Trade Development Council (TAITRA), they're seeking "to openly solicit proposals for philanthropic events on issues relating to social concerns and environmental protection. The proposers are to propose philanthropic events for Tue countries of their nationalities. .."

Eligibility: Any nationality who has attained the legal age of their country. Those who haven't attained the legal age as prescribed in their country, "should submit a letter of consent from their parents or guardians."

Proposals can be submitted individually or as a team not exceeding 5 members.

The submitted proposal "must address a social concern and environmental protection in the country of the proposer's nationality, and shall be consistent with the country of the nationality's targets for social welfare and sustainable development."


The organisers will award a total of three proposers a monetary prize of $10, 000 each and "will commission third parties to execute the proposed event to realize the philanthropic purposes of the proposal."

Deadline: October 31, 2021.

Details here.

8. The Furious Gazelle's 2021 Halloween Writing Contest

Theme: Halloween-themed poetry, fiction, short play or creative non-fiction

Short story - 4,000 words
Play - 10 pages
Poetry - One page
Flash fiction - 1,500 words

First-place winner - $50
Runners-up - $5 and publication

Deadline: October 1, 2021

Details here.

9. Embracing Our Differences Quotation 2022 Competition

Theme: Enriching lives through diversity and inclusion

Open to all.

Length: 20 words

You can send as many quotations as you want as long as they are original - not someone else's work.

"Teachers may complete submissions on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students."

Prizes: $1,000

Deadline: October 6, 2021

Details here.

10. 2021 Dream Foundry Contests

Genre: Speculative fiction

It's open for "writers who are relatively new to paid or incoming-earning publication of speculative short fiction in English."

The following are requirements you need to fulfil in order for your entry to be considered:
- You have published a total of less than 4,000 words of paid or income-earning speculative fiction in English.
- You have earned a total of less than USD 320 from those words.
- You have never been nominated for any award.
- You are not a previous winner of the Dream Foundry Writing Contest

Length: 10,000 words

Deadline: October 11, 2021

Details here.

11. Welter at University of Baltimore Microfiction Contest

It can be fiction, nonfiction or prose-poem pieces.

Length: 100 words

Theme: Home

Winner: $100

Deadline: October 20, 2021

Details here.

12. Otherwise Award

It's open to anyone. You don't have to be a professional to participate in the award.

They ask you two things in regards to the competition: "to write a short report telling the Otherwise community about their work, and to participate in the selection process for choosing the next year's Fellows."

They require you to submit two statements which should be 1-2 pages each, along with a brief example of your work. They have provided question topics for both statements.

Award: $500

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

13. The LoveReading Very Short Story Award 2022

Genre: Any

Accepts submissions both from UK and overseas, published and unpublished authors.

Length: 600-1000 words


"The winning authors will be interviewed for the LoveReading website. They will also receive a trophy and a certificate. The Judge's Choice receives £300 and The People's Choice receive £200 in prize money."

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

14. Benjamin Franklin Literary Prize

Every year, a quote is displayed on their contest's page which is.open for interpretation. Based on the quotation, you're required to submit a fiction or non-fiction entry.

Quote: 'Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.'

Age: 18-25 living in the UK

Length: 1,000-1,500 words


First prize - £750

Second prize - £500

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

15. National Level Essay Competition 2021-2022

Topic: Competition Law in New India-Building Aatm Nirbhar Bharat


The applicant must be a student as on 1st October, 2021 pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate course in Law, Economics, Management and Regulatory Governance in any recognised university in India.

Length: 3,000 words


First prize (one) - INR 50,000

Second prize (one) - INR 25,000

Third prize (one) - INR 15,000

Consolation (two) - INR 2 x 5,000

The prize winners shall also be given a certificate.

Deadline: October 31, 2021

Details here.

November Deadline

1. a) ServiceScape Short Story Award

Genre: Any

Theme: Any

Length: 5,000 words


Winner will receive $1,000, and his or her short story featured in their blog.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

Details here.

b) ServiceScape Scholarship 2021


Students who are enrolled or will be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or trade school in 2021.

Length: 300 words

Topic: How does writing impact today's world?

Prize: $1,000 to be paid toward the educational certificate/degree program of your choice.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

Details here.

2. 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Eligible common wealth regions: 1. Africa 2. Asia 3. Canada and Europe 4. Carribbean 5. Pacific


"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 of £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money."

Length: Min. 2,000 - Max. 5,000 words

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Details here.

3. 2022 Flash Suite Contest

They are open for flash suite entries whereby each piece of entry numbering to three in total shouldn't exceed 1,000 words. They define a flash suite as "a series of at least three flash fiction works that correlate and build to something greater. Recurring characters, extended motifs, harmonious subject matters, and/or sustained narrative are such correlations..."

Each flash fiction story should stand on its own as a complete story but the subsequent flash stories should also act as a continuation to the first flash story.


Winner - $75

Runner-up - $60

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Details here.

4. One Teen Story Teen Writing Contest

Genre: Any

They're interested in stories about teen experience.

Age: 13-19


The winning stories will be published in forthcoming issues of One Teen Story. The contest winners will receive $500 upon publication and 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work.

Length: 2,000-4,000 words

Deadline: November 19, 2021

Details here.

5. Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project National Essay Competition

To promote understanding and appreciation of Korean history and culture, Korean Spirit Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) is holding its first National Essay Contest in Australia.


Group A - 5-8 years

Group B - 9-12 years

The Brief:

The entrants are required to choose one of the two topics based on the book 'Chung Hyo Ye.' The book is available for free download. Click here to download it.


  1. How could the values of Chung, Hyo and Ye be applied in your daily life?
  2. Which of Tue three values illustrated in the book (Chung, Hyo, Ye) impressed you and why?


Prizes will be awarded separately for Group A (Years 5-8) and Group B (Years 9-12);

1st prize - $500

2nd prize - $200

3rd prize - $100

Honourable Mentions: $50

Deadline: November 7, 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: 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


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:


Sadhna on July 23, 2020:

How I can participate in a writing competition in Hindi

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:


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.

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:


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, Indiana 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:


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:


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:




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:


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.



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??

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from 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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