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2022 Free-Entry International Writing Contests

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This article lists out a number of free writing contests.

This article lists out a number of free writing contests.

Are you searching for free-entry writing contests? Look no further. Herein you'll find an updated list of writing competitions that don't require an entrant to pay an entry fee.

The listed competitions are open to individuals, worldwide, or are restricted to a specific region. They may be targeted to individuals from the age of 18 (or 16) and above, or to those who haven't attained the legal age (from 17 and below).

A brief information about a contest, the due date of submitting entry to the contest, and a link to the official contest's page is provided for each contest.

With many writing competitions to choose from, you can't miss a contest, or several of them, which you can try your hand on. Wear your writing hat, select the contests that interest you, and submit your best entry to your chosen contests.

Woman Reading Book Near Cat

Woman Reading Book Near Cat

August Deadline

1. Yale Drama Series 2023

Eligiblity:

They accept worldwide entries in English language.

Entries should be original and unpublished.

Length: Entries should be full-length, with a minimum of 65 pages.

They don't accept translations, musicals, and children's plays.

Prize:

The winner will be awarded the David Charles Horn Prize of $1,000, publication of their manuscript by Yale University Press, and a celebratory event.

Deadline: August 15, 2022

Details here.

2. Immense Education Scholarship Award

Age: Students of all nationalities from the age of 13-18 years.

Topics:

Topics are provided depending on age category: a) 13-15yrs and b) 16-18 years

Prize:

10 winners will receive a 100% scholarship, and runners-up will receive a partial scholarship, to study their chosen subject with Immense during the summer at Cambridge, Oxford, Sydney or London.

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Details here.

3. The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Subject: Open

Length: 3,500 words

Prize: $250 to one winner

The winning submission will be published in Lunch Ticketz a literary journal produced by the Antioch University Los Angeles MFI program.

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Details here.

4. The VAL wood Prize 2022

Genre: Any

Age: 16 years and above

They don't accept poetry.

Length: 2,000 words

Categories:

a) International Open Prize

Open: Worldwide

Theme: Open

b) Yorkshire Prize

Open to: Residents of Yorkshire only.

The setting of your story must be set in Yorkshire.

Prize:

£100 to each category winner.

There will also be two commendations of £25.

Max. No. of entries: 2

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Details here.

5. The Preservation Foundation Biographical Nonfiction Contest

They state, "A Biographical entry must be a true story of an individual (s) known to the author personally - not a fictional or historical character. Autobiography, of course, must be a true story about the author's life, the whole or an episode."

Open: Worldwide

Length: 1,000-5,000 words

Prize:

First prize - £200

Runners-up - £100

The winner and runners-up will receive certificates of recognition.

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Details here.

6. The Kindle Storyteller Award

Open to: Everyone

Age: 18 and above

Genre: Any

You must have an Amazon account and a complete KDF account to be eligible for participation in the contest. You can register for the accounts if you haven't.

You can submit as many entries as you can through publishing them on Kindle Direct Publishing.

Length: Minimum of 24 pages when in paper/print format.

Award

Each Finalist will receive a Kindle Oasis E-reader - Graphite, Waterproof, 7" High-Resolution Display (300ppi), Built-in Audible, 32GB, free 3G + WiFi.

One Grand Prize winner will receive: £20,000cash or cheque, and a book launching merchandising package on Amazon.co.uk.

Deadline: August 31, 2022

Details here.

Cat on Laptop

Cat on Laptop

September Deadline

1. Creative Writing Ink Short Story Competition 2022

Theme/Subject: Open

Genre: Open

Entrant's age: 16 years and above

Entry fee: £9

Length: 3,000 words

Prizes:

a) 1st prize: £1,000, a free creative writing course of the winner's choice and publication on their website.

b) Runners-up: £200 each

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Details here.

2. "Stories Out of School" Flash Fiction Contest

Open: Worldwide

Length: 6-749 words

Your entry must be unpublished.

The story's protagonist, or its narrator, must be a K-12 teacher.

Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden.

Prize:

First prize - $1,000

Deadline: September 1, 2022

Details here.

3. On the Premise Short Story Contest #40

Theme: Objects in Motion

Length: 1,000-5,000 words

The story's main character(s) should spend most (even better, all) of gheir story's time in constant motion.

Your story shouldn't be ained at readers younger than 12, no exploitative sex, no over-the-top gross out horror, and no that are obvious parodies of existing fictional worlds/characters created by other authors.

Prize:

Deadline: September 2, 2022

4. Planet New Writers' Competition

Open to: New writers or journalists who have never published a novel.

Length: 1,500-2,000 words

Prizes:

1st prize - £200 cash prize, a year's subscription or renewal to Planet magazine, a range of 6 books published by Planet, publication of the winning essay in the November 2022 issue of Planet, and on Planet Extra 3 months later.

Runners-up will receive a year's subscription or renewal.

Deadline: Septembe 1, 2022

Details here.

5. The Forge Literary Magazine Flash Fiction Contest

They are open to submission of flash fiction and flash nonfiction.

Length: 1,000 words

Entry must be previously unpublished.

Prize:

The first-place winners will be awarded $500.00 and publication.

Deadline: September 14 or when the contest's organiser receives 300 entries per category.

Details here.

6. Ayn Rand Institute 'Atlas Shrugged' Essay Competition

Open to: 12th-Gradersz College undergraduates and Graduate students

Topic: Select one topic from the three provided. The topics are related to the book written by Ayn Rand, titled, 'Atlas Shrugged.' You should read the book before entering the contest. You can request for the book from the contest's organiser through their website - the link provided below.

Length: 800-1,600 words

Prize:

1st place - $10,000 (1 winner)

2nd place - $2,500 (3 winners)

3rd place - $500 (5 winners)

Finalists - $100 (25 winners)

Semi-finalists - $25 (50 winners)

Deadline: September 26, 2022

Details here.

7. The Blackness on Sea Poetry Prize 2022

They state the Prize is "a quest to find a poem of genuine literary merit to become a lasting legacy for The Lobster Plot Pub and this delightful Village on the Firth of Forth."

Open to: All

You can enter as many times as you want.

Remember: "the poems do not need to be about the Pub or the Village, just a fleeting mention if these to give a point to the competition."

Prize:

Overall winner - £1,000 and a Trophy Shield

Runner-up - £200 and a Trophy

Deadline: September 7, 2022

Details here.

8. 'Secret Life of Data' Short Story Competition

They are inviting submissions of "creative stories that bring to life the secret of life data - perhaps imagining this life as a journey, a quest, a romance, or a tragedy; thinking of a computer's internal architecture as a house, a jungle, a zoo, or a city; and the data as characters facing danger in the form of various various digital threats and vulnerabilities."

Open to: All published and unpublished writers from any region of the world.

You do not have to be affiliated with the University of Bristol to enter.

Style: Any

Genre: Any

Length: 4,000 words

Prize:

First prize - £1,000

Second prize - £500

Third prize - £250

Deadline: September 12, 2022

Details here.

9. Creators of Justice Literary Awards

Writing form: Poetry, Essay, Short Story

Length: 2,500 words

Theme: Any human rights theme, and should highlight the IHRAF values of beauty, sincerity, vulnerability and celebrating diversity.

Prize:

First prize - $100;

Second prize - $75;

Third prize - $50;

And three honorable mentions; in three categories: Poetry, Short Story and Essay.

The Youth Category winners (18 and below) will receive only a certificate.

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Details here.

10. Art of Unity Creative Award

Submission type: Written - Poetry, Essay, and Short Story; Video, Music, Dance; Performance; Visual Work.

Theme: Never again: Remembering to heal and overcome

Entries should not be previously published.

Length: 2,500 words (shorty story and essay)

They state "We are looking for submissions in any creative media (which can be exhibited online), and which highlight aspects of human unity, and positive cross-pollination between groups, ethnicities, religious and/or nations.

Prize:

First prize - $100;

Second prize - $75;

Third prize - $50;

Three honourable mentions; in four categories - poetry, short story, essay, and Youth Category (18 and under).

Deadline: September 30, 2022

Details here.

11. European Commission Youth Essay Competition 2022

Eligibility: 18-25 year-olds who are citizens "of a country that participates in COSME - the EU programme for small and medium-sized enterprises." Check the list of the eligible countries.

Theme: Our European economies are highly dependent on fossil fuel energies. How can future you g entrepreneurs contribute to a more sustainable economy?

Length: 2,500 words

Award:

"The YEC jury will select three finalists to attend the SME Assembly in November, where the will present their essays to the 500+ delegates gathered at the assembly. The winning essay will then be selected in a public vote. The essays of all the finalists will be promoted across EU channels."

Deadline: September 26, 2022

Details here.

October Deadline

1. The Preservation Foundation Travel Nonfiction Contest

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

Open: Worldwide

Length: 1,000-2,000 words

Prizes:

First prize - £200

Runners-up - £100

The winner and runners-up will receive certificates of recognition.

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Details here.

2. Perito Prize

Writing type: Short Story

Themes: Inclusive environments, inclusion, diversity, accessibility and inclusive design.

Length: 1,000-2,000 words

Prize:

£250 cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry, and "there will be special mentions and the option for various fun interviewsz readings, with or without musical accompaniment, on the Perito website for 2nd and 3rd places....

"1st, 2nd and 3rd placed authors will get opportunity to be mentored by novelist Alex Allison - author of The Art of the Body."

Deadline: October 3, 2022

Details here.

3. The Dream Foundry Emerging Writers Contest

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Open to: New or Emerging writers of speculative fiction in English, from any part of the world.

Length: 10,000 words

No multiple submissions. The entry should not have been previously published. Simultaneous submission accepted.

Prize:

First place - $1,000

Second place - $500

Third place - $200

Deadline: October 8, 2022

Details here.

4. Embracing Our Differences Quotation Contest

Type of writing: Quotations

Length: 20 words

Submit as many quotations as you want.

For teachers: They "may complete submissions on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their person or school contact information for that of their students."

Prize:

2 winners will be awarded $2,000 in cash.

Deadline: October 5, 2022

Details here.

5. The Warren Trust Awards for Architectural Writing

Topic: What does architecture mean to you?

Accepted writings: Essay, poetry, fiction, comics, creative nonfiction, humour

Categories:

Tamariki - up to the age of 13. Writing up to 800 words.

Rangatahi - ages 13-18, or currently enrolled in secondary school. Writing up to 1,000 words.

Open: everyone else. Writing up to 1,500 words.

Eligibility: Entrants must be Aotearoa New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Prizes:

- Winner in the Tamariki category : $500

- Winner in the Rangatahi category: $1,000

- Winner in the Open Category: $2,000

- Highly commended (three prizes across all categories): $200 book voucher

Deadline: October 30, 2022

Details here.

6. The Swedish Foundation for Human Rights Essay Competition 2022

Eligibility: Bachelor and Master students from various academic disciplines in a university or other learning institutions in Sweden.

Theme: The interlinkages between human rights protection and peace and security, with a regional focus on the Asia-pacific mechanisms and intergovernmental organisations.

Length: 3,000-4,000 words

Language: English

Award:

"The writer of the winning submission will be awarded travel, accompanied by the Swedish Foundation for Human rights, to Asia for participation in meetings with regional actors, planned in for November/December 2022 (approximately 5-7 days, including upkeep and travel insurance).

"The finalists will also have an opportunity to present their essays at a seminar organised by the Swedish Foundation for Human Rights, in the fall of 2022.

"The second and third place finalists will receive one ticket each and train tickets with Sweden to visit the Swedish Forum for Human Rights in Örebro, 17-18 November 2022."

Deadline: October 2, 2022

Details here.

7. UBA National Essay Competition 2022

Eligibility: Senior secondary students in Nigeria

Topic: ASUU strikes have often cost Nigerian students time. Advise the Nigerian government on how they can reach an agreement with ASUU to improve tertiary education in the country.

Length: 750 words

Prizes:

Winner - N5,000,000 Educational grant to any African University o your choice.

1st Runner-up - N3,000,000 Educational grant to any African University o your choice.

2nd Runner-up - N2,500,000 Educational grant to any African University o your choice.

Deadline: October 14, 2022

Details here.

8. ICU Global Youth Essay Competition 2022

Open: Worldwide

Age: 14-18 years

Question: Select one from the two provided

Length: 650 words

Prizes:

Top prize - 1 winner

- Two round-trip airline tickets to Tokyo in the summer of 2022 for the winner and a guarantor.

- The top prize winner has the option of receiving 100,000 yen.

Second prize - 1 winner

- 50,000 of gift card

Third prize - 10 winners

- 5,000 yen gift card

Special prize - 1 winner

- 5,000 yen gift card for those who have not been educated in English for more than 1 year.

Deadline: October 11, 2022

Details here.

9. Ahmed Kathrada Foundations Annual Youth Essay Writing Competition Against Racism 2022

Age: 15-21

Categories: essay, song, poetry, art

Topics: Choose one from the four provided

Language: Any of the official languages spoken in South Africa

Length: 1,000-1,500 words (essay)

Artworks should not be longer than. A3 size

Songs should not be longer than 2 minutes

Prize:

First place - R2000 cash and a laptop

Second place - R1000 cash and a laptop

Third place - R500 cash and a laptop

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Details here.

10. The Dream Foundry Emerging Writers Contest

Open: Worldwide to writers who are relatively new to paid or income-earning publication of speculative short fiction in English.

Genre: Speculative fiction

Length: 10,000 words

Prize:

First place - $1000
Second place - $500
Third place - $200

Deadline: October 8, 2022

Details here.

11. Arthur Flowers Flash Fiction Prize

Open: Worldwide to those who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Colour.

Length: 1,000 words

Prize:

1 Winner - $500 and publication
2 runners-up - $50 each and publication

Deadline: October 9, 2022

Details here.

12. Endless Ink Publishing House Short Story Horror Comedy Contest 2022

Age: 18 years and older

Entries must be in the horror comedy genre.

Length: 5,000-8,000 words

Prize:
1st place prize is $750
2nd, 3rd and 4th place - $150

The four winning stories will be published as a collection to be released on Halloween in 2023. Winners will receive a copy of of the collection before the end of 2023.

Deadline: October 21, 2022

Details here.

November Deadline

1. ServiceScape Short Story Award 2022

Open: Worldwide

Genre: Any

Theme: Any

Age: 18 years and above

They're accepting original unpublished work of short fiction or nonfiction.

Length: 5,000 words

Award: $1,000

The story will be featured on their blog.

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Details here.

2. The 2022 Egerton University Chancellor's Essay Writing Competition

Topic: International migration

Length: 1,300-1,500 words

Eligibility: Undergraduate students studying at Egerton University, Kenya

An entrant is required to register at the university's Department of Literature, Languages and Linguistics before submitting their entries.

Prize:

First prize - Kshs. 50,000

Second prize - Kshs. 40,000

Third prize - Kshs. 30,000

Fourth prize - Kshs. 20,000

Fifth prize - Kshs. 10,000

Deadline: November 4, 2022

Details here.

3. 2023 Flash Suite

They are open to three-part flash fiction they term as flash suite. They define 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 - but we encourage innovation and new ideas."

"Each individual piece of flash," they state, " should function as a stand alone work, while still building correlating, and what have you, within the large suite."

Length: 1,000 for each individual piece of flash

Prize:

Winner - $75

Runner-up - $60

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Details here.

4. Evaristo Prize for African Poetry

Open to: African writers - referring to someone who was born in Africa, a national or resident in any of the African countries, or whose parents are Africans.

Submission: Submitted entry should contain ten poems.

Length: Each poem shouldn't exceed 40 lines

Prize: $1,500 to the winning entry

Deadline: November 1, 2022

Details here.

5. The Bird in Your Hands Prize 2022

They are open to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in any form from new, upcoming, and established BIPOC writers.

Prize:

The winner of the contest will be awarded $500, published in Thin Air Magazine, and interviewed for Thin Air Online. The winner will also be invited to read the winning entry at the Northern Arizona Book Festival held in April 2023. First and second runners up will also be awarded an honorarium.

Deadline: November 20, 2022

Details here.

6. Leonard L. Milberg '53 High School Poetry Prize

Eligibility: 11th grade in the U.S. or abroad

Submission type: poetry

Max. No. of poems to submit: 3

Based on the previous awarded prizes, the

First prize was $1,500

Second prize was $750

Third prize was $500

Deadline: November 27, 2022

Details here.

7. One Teen Story Contest

Ages: 13-19

They accept short stories of any genre about the term experience - literary, fantasy, sci-fi, love stories, horror, etc.

Length: 2,000-4,500 words

Prize

"The winning stories will be published in forthcoming issues of One Teen Story, which will reach over ten thousand readers. The contest winners will receive $500 upon publication and 25 copies of the magazine featuring their work.

"Honourable mentions will be chosen in three age categories: 13-15, 17-17, and 18-19."

Deadline: November 27, 2022

Details here.

8. Love Letters to London

Theme: Making Connections

Londoners, and non-Londoners, are invited to submit their entry explaining why they love the city - London.

They state, "You can write on any aspect of London's past, present or future. It might be reportage, an historical essay, a 'think piece,' a spot of futurology, a work of fiction, a poem." They are open to all forms and styles.

Categories:

Aged 11 and under

12-18 years old

Open - all other entrants

Poetry

Prizes:

Prizes for the 'Open' and 'Poetry' categories will be as follows:

Category winner - £500

Category second - £250

Category third - £100

The prizes for the 'Under 12' and '12-18' categories will be as follows:

Category winner - £500

Four runners up prizes of £150 each

In addition, the school of the two category winner will receive £250 of books.

Deadline: November 30, 2022

Details here.

9. Polar Expressions Publishing: Student Contests

There are two types of contests in this competition: short story and poem.

Only one entry per contest is allowed.

They don't accept essay, reports, or fanfiction.

Length:

Poem: 32 lines or below

Short story: 4,500 words or less

Style: Open

Subject: Open

Eligibility: Canadian students

Prizes:

Over $5,000 in cash prizes is awarded to the first, second, and third winners, in each grade - starting from Kindergarten to Grade 12 - in each contest (short story, and poetry). Also, schools that have participated in the contest will be awarded in cash prizes.

Deadline:

Poetry - November 21, 2022

Short story - November 28, 2022

Details here.

December Deadline

1. Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Contest

They are looking for submission of rhyming or non-rhyming poems although they prefer non-rhyming poetry as they read better.

You can submit as many as you can as long as they are the original creation of the submitting author.

The contest is open to everyone.

Prize:

1st prize - $350

2nd prize - $200

3rd prize - $100

The winning entries will also be displayed on the organiser's website.

Deadline: December 31, 2022

Details here.

2. 'My Writing Journey ' Writing Competition

Theme: The Best writing tip I've ever received

Length: 600 words

Prize:

One winner will receive $200 (R2000 or £100) and publication.

Deadline: December 31, 2022

Details here.

3. Lex:lead Essay Competition

Question: How can developments in Fintech impact upon economic development and how should it be regulated?

Eligibility: Students in developing countries. Check their website for the listed countries.

Registration deadline: October 31, 2022

Length: 5 pages

Awards: Up to 15-one time awards of US$500

Deadline: December 31, 2022

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: What is the preferred language when participating in international writing contests?

Answer: The preferred language is English. In each contest I have provided a link which will direct you to the website's contest page. In that page they will indicate which languages they accept. If they have not indicated which language you should use in submitting your entry, the English language is the preferable one or the one you should use.

Question: How can we 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: Are Kenyans eligible to participate in the international writing contest?

Answer: Yes, Kenyans are eligible to participate in these contests unless a contest indicates it is open to certain citizens.

Question: Can we write poems on the theme of nature?

Answer: You can write poems on the theme of nature if the poetry contests in question haven't specified which themes to write on. If they have indicated a theme, you should assess if a subject on nature will fit the theme that has been listed.

Question: Are there any more poetry entry submission deadlines?

Answer: So far there aren't any free poetry contests. Most of the poetry competitions have an entry fee. Keep on visiting this site as I will update it once I come across genuine contests including poetry.

Question: Are there any poetry contests?

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

Question: I am a Bangladeshi veterinarian student. Can I participate in the medic mentor national essay competition 2020?

Answer: Apologies for replying late. It appears the contest doesn't accept submission from foreign or international entrants.

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 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 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Are there any poetry competitions for students aged 13 or more?

Answer: Yes, there are poetry competitions for students from age 13 onwards. Please, keep on checking this contest page regularly as I will update them when I come across them.

Question: How will they give you the prize if you win the contests listed in this article?

Answer: If the prize is in form of cash (money) they'll send you the money through their preferred mode of payment e.g. PayPal, deposit to your bank account, western union, money gram and so on. If the prize is non-cash, they will send it to the postal address you've provided when they request it.

Question: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Are these writing contests scams? I live in India. How can I get cash prizes from these writing contests? I hope this is not a scam because I have lost money in the same way while participating in this kind of competitions.

Answer: The contests I list on this page are genuine and reputable. The good thing about these contests is that they're free to enter. If you don't win, you won't lose the money you paid to enter the contest.

Question: Are 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 there writing competitions for students below the age of 13?

Answer: Yes, there are contests for children under the age of 13 years.

Question: Are 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: 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: 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: Can I submit the same piece of writing in multiple competitions if it's following their rules like word limit and genre?

Answer: Yah, it's possible. However, read each contest's rules to be certain they accept the same piece of work which has been submitted to another competition(s). If they haven't indicated, it's best to avoid it.

Question: Are these international contests free to enter/participate?

Answer: Yes, the contests are free to enter. Any individual from any part of the world can participate. Some contests are targeted at a different age group.

Question: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Are there online writing contests for 13-years old entrants?

Answer: Yes, there are writing contests for 13-years old entrants. This contest page is always updated therefore keep on checking to see if your age is included.

Question: Are there any writing contests for international residents this year?

Answer: I'm afraid, no. There aren't residents contests for international applicants. They are limited to certain residents from a specific region.

Question: Will I have to register before writing my essay for the International writing contest?

Answer: I'm not sure which essay you're referring to but if you're asked you have to register or fill a form before submitting your entry, then you have to do so.

Question: I started filling the form for card poetry but I couldn't submit it. When I write my content, the tab for submitting disappears. How can I complete the submission to a contest?

Answer: I haven't yet submitted mine. Have you tried several times and it has failed? It might result from poor network reception.

If you have tried several times but the problem persists, try on a different smartphone or computer. If it persists, contact the Blue Mountain Arts. There might be some technical problems.

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Comments

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

@Lakshanya, you're welcome.

Lakshanya on July 27, 2020:

Thank you

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

Thank you, S.rjarajan.

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

@Sadhna, unfortunately, there are no writing competitions in Hindi.

S.rjarajan on July 23, 2020:

Super

Sadhna on July 23, 2020:

How I can participate in a writing competition in Hindi

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

You're welcome

Favour on July 09, 2020:

thanks

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

Thank you, Rajpereira.

Rajpereira on April 10, 2020:

Useful information

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

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

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

Thank you, Alifiya

Alifiya on February 21, 2020:

Bestest

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

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

Donna Rayne from Sparks, NV 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 Nairobi, Kenya on December 02, 2019:

Thank you, Sayali

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

Thank you, Diana

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

Thank you Nonso, you found this helpful.

Diana on October 30, 2019:

Nice

Nonso on October 23, 2019:

I'm really glad I found these. Thanks alot!

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

You are welcome, Daanish.

Daanish on September 27, 2019:

thank you for this

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

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

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, Kenya on September 18, 2019:

Thank you, Afshin for considering us. I will include it in this list.

Afshin on September 18, 2019:

Hi,

Great resource!

I just launched our 2019 Short Story Competition and I'm hoping that you can add it to your list. It expires on November 10th of 2019.

Here's the link for the competition information:

https://www.estatediamondjewelry.com/microstory/

Thanks,

Afshin

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, Kenya on June 08, 2019:

Tishya, I am not the organizer of these competitions. I have only listed contests that are free to enter. Choose the contest you want as there are many short story contests to choose from the above list. At the end of each contest I have provided a link, which is a one word in colour. Click it and you will be directed to another page where you will get information how to apply. Try your lack because they are free to participate.

Tishya on June 08, 2019:

Hey.

Writing is my passion and my dream is to become a writer.I have written a number of stories based on the mind contents of a teenager . I have written motivational stories and stories that can enhance a teenage mind. I am just searching for a chance. I request you to give me a chance.

thanks.

Tishya.

Rohan singh on June 03, 2019:

I am rohan from jamshedpur jharkhand

Writing is my hobby and I want to become a writer. I have written many stories in my copy .please give me a chance to write a story. I writes horror stories,sad stories, about dream. So sir please give me a chance to participate in this contest

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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 Nairobi, 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.