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: email@example.com
Prizes: $50 to the overall winner
Visit their website for more info: The Writing District
2. Micro Sweek Flash Fiction Contest
This is a monthly flash fiction contest. Each month has its own theme.
Prize: $50 for the overall winner
Deadline: The 22nd day of every month
Word count: 250 words
In addition, there is a prize of $15 for the best feedback to the stories updated for each particular month.
Familiarize yourself with the general rules that have been outlined in Sweek Blog pertaining to the monthly flash fiction contest.
Click here to find out Sweek's flash fiction contest theme for each month.
3. The Writing Quarter Competition
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.
How to Submit a Video-Contest
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. Bridge House Annual Anthology Contest
You can interpret the theme however you like. They don't mean "just what happened in Bethlehem though stories with a new twist on well-loved account will be welcomed as well."
Word count: 1,000-5,000
Deadline: March 31, 2019
To learn more including how to submit and how shortlisted authors will be compensated in form of prize, click here.
2. It's All Been Written 2019 Contest
Theme: Drove downturn in the rain, nine-thirty on a Tuesday night
"Your story does not have to explicitly contain the line, but it or the spirit of it must play a significant role in the story."
Word length: 3,000-15,000
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Prizes: "The grand prize winner will see an audio adaptation of their story. Other winners will have their story included on the website for free, then later in paid ebook and paperback releases. All winners will be eligible for royalties and receive a copy of the paperback book."
For more information concerning this contest, click here.
How to Win a Writing Contest (Tips from a Contest Judge)
1. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
You are invited to submit one humorous poem which might be published or not. Additionally it may contain inspired gibberish.
Length: Max 250 lines
Prizes: "First prize of $1,000 plus one-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $50 value). Second prize of $250. Ten honorable mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online."
Deadline: April 1, 2019
2. $1,500 Semi-Annual Video Contest Scholarship for Students
If you are currently a high school, college or university student, IvyPanda.com is inviting you to participate in this video contest. They want to hear your opinions and advice through video creation by choosing one of the three topics they have provided in their contest page.
Prizes: The winner will receive a $1000 scholarship. The runner-up will receive $500. Additionally, winners will receive individual certificates from IvyPanda.com.
The best videos will be published on their YouTube Channel.
Length: The length of the video should be between 1-1:30 minutes.
You should submit only one video.
Deadline: April 7, 2019
For more information, check their contest page IvyPanda
3. The Alpine Fellowship Contest
Word length: 2,500
Deadline: April 10, 2019
Prizes: "The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Fjallnas symposium. Winner receives £10,000 cash prize and is presented with the award by poet John Burnside. £3,000 go to the second place, £200 to the third place."
1. Essay Writing Contest 2018/2019
Aussie Writings is inviting submission of essays on the topics they have provided in their contest page site. You are free to participate as much as you like.
Length: 800-1000 words
Prizes: 1st prize - $1000; 2nd prize - $800; 3rd prize - $600 and publication on their website.
Deadline: May 31, 2019
2. Essay Writing Contest 2018/2019
The organizer, Aussie Writings, is inviting interested partners to write an essay not exceeding 1,000 words (and not less than 800 words) on one or all of the topics they've provided on their contest page. You can write as many essays as you like.
Prizes: 1st - $1,000; 2nd - $800 and 3rd - $600
Deadline: May 31, 2019
1. Aftermath Short Story Contest
The Aftermath magazine is once again holding another successful free-to-enter short story contest on the same theme as the previous year: The End of Our World 2.0.
The purpose of this magazine is "raise awareness of the harm that we are doing to our planet and the dire consequences this will have." Their fact sheet, which you can find in their site, "lists many of the threats facing our environment and society." They offer a chilling realization, "We are heading for multiple apocalyptic disasters, not in the distant future but in a matter of decades, if we are lucky, or years, if we are not."
Prizes: 1st - $1,000; 2nd - $300 and 3rd - $100
Deadline: June 30, 2019
Word length: 1,500-5,000
Please note: "What we don't like are stories that ignore the manmade causes of our downfall and simply embark on wild post-apocalyptic fantasies. They have no cautionary value. And that is ultimately what all this is all about. An attempt to bring humans to their senses, by conceiving the inconceivable, showing them what they are doing and what this is going to do to them and their loved ones."
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
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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 14
How do we know the results of writing and non-writing contests?
The editors of the contests usually send an email to the winners. A few of them send notification whether you have won or not.Helpful 8
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 11
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