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. Winter Tangerine Awards
They will accept submission from writers who have not published a collection of poems, short collection short stories or a novel. "Writers who have published chapbooks or who have self-published novels or collections may enter. Pieces are considered unpublished if they have not appeared on the internet or in print."
Submission: Up to 4 poems (totaling not more than 8 pages) and/or 2 pieces of prose (totaling no more than 12 pages). "Writers may submit one entry in both categories."
Prizes: Two award winners will receive a check of $250 and a copy of Honeysuckle Press 2019 catalog. Finalists will receive $50.
Deadline: July 1, 2019
2. Cozy Cat Press 2019 Poetry Contest
"We're looking for work as clever as the most conniving criminals and sly sleuths to be published in our first ever poetry anthology. Awaken your inner private eye and submit a mystery themed poem for the chance to win cash prize, illustrations inspired by your work, and publication."
Limit: 5 poems
Prizes: $100, $50, @25 and a copy of the printed anthology book.
Deadline: July 1, 2019
3. DeathScribe: The International Festival of Horror Radio Plays
The organizer of this contest, Wild Claw Theatre is seeking "10-minute audio drama scripts that are genuinely scary, imaginative, chilling, intelligent, suspenseful, horrific or downright grotesque."
Duration: 10 minutes
Maximum number of entries per individual: 2
Prize: Overall winner will "receive the coveted Bloody Axe Award, as well as $100 cash prize."
Deadline: July 31, 2019
For more information click here.
4. Adelaide Books Children’s Literature and Illustration Award 2019
Adelaide Books LLC is holding their first annual competition titled Adelaide Books Children’s Literature and Illustration Award 2019. The contest "was created to discover, promote and support the careers of talented young illustrators and children's books authors from around the world."
Age limit: 18 years and above
Entry fee: $20 per submission, free for students
The submissions should be original and an author can submit more than one entry.
Illustrations must be original and appropriate for children's books.
Prizes: Works by all Finalists will be published in the Adelaide Books Children's Literature and Illustration Award 2019 Anthology to be released by November 1st, 2019. All Finalists will receive a Finalist Certificate and a copy of the Anthology.
The Judges will also choose up to 4 Shortlist Winner Nominees in each category. Shortlist Winner Nominees will receive a Winner Nominee Certificate, a copy of the Anthology and will be featured with their work and interview in the December Issue of the Adelaide Literary Magazine.
Lastly, the Judges will choose one Winner per category.
The Winner in the Best Children's Story will receive a Winner Certificate, a copy of the Anthology, will be featured with his/her work and interview published in the December Issue of the Adelaide Literary Magazine, and will receive a publishing contract for his/her children's book from Adelaide Books LLC.
The Winner in the Best Children's Illustration will receive a Winner Certificate, a copy of the Anthology, will be featured with his/her work and interview in the December Issue of the Adelaide Literary Magazine, and will receive a contract offer to illustrate one of the children's books published by Adelaide Books LLC.
Deadline: July 19, 2019
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1. Peaceful Dumpling Environmental Writing Prize
Peaceful Dumpling LLC are "looking for works that are inspired and inspiring; thought-provoking and truthful, yet also imaginative and beautiful as a work of art."
The writing prize is meant "to foster and celebrate writing that explores the most pressing issues of our times: climate change, environment, conservation, and animal rights."
They accept fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, memoirs, investigative journalism and poetry.
The winning entry will receive $500 and it will be published on Peaceful Dumpling.
2. Nature's Essay Competition
Nature, International Journal of Science is inviting young people from the age of 18-25 to submit their essays on what scientific advance, big or small the entrant would like to see in his/her lifetime, and why it matters to the participant.
They state, "We are looking for essays that are well-reasoned, well researched, forward-looking, supported by existing science, and leave room for personal perspective and anecdote that shows us who you are. We encourage you to entertain as well as to inform; we are not looking for academic papers, an academic writing style or science fiction."
Deadline: August 9, 2019
The winner will receive £500 and one year personal subscription to the journal.
3. Pen2Paper: A Disability-Focused Creative Writing Competition
Age requirement: Any age
Grand prize winner: $500
1st place winner in each of the four divisions: $100
There are four categories in this contest: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics.
Deadline: August 1, 2019
1. Bracken Bower Prize 2019
“The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company, organizers of the Business Book of the Year Award, want to encourage young authors to tackle emerging business themes. They hope to unearth new talent and encourage writers to research ideas that could fill future business books of the year.
With a £15,000 award, the competition aims to find the best proposal of a business book.
Those who are under 35 years are eligible for this competition.
Deadline: September 31, 2019
More information here
1. ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019
For this international free-to-enter writing award, any genre or theme of short story is accepted. All applicants should submit their original, unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction, up to 5,000 words by November 30, 2019. Along with receiving an award for $1,000.00 USD, the winner will have his or her short story featured within our blog, which reaches thousands of readers per month.
You can find more information on our short story writing contest by clicking this link, ServiceScape.
Questions & Answers
Are there writing competitions for students below the age of 15?
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.Helpful 49
Are the writing contests described in this article open for any age?
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.Helpful 29
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What is the preferred language when participating in international writing contests?
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.Helpful 19
Are these international contests open to all, including those in the Phillippines?
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.Helpful 16
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