2019 Free International Writing & Non-Writing Entry Contests

Updated on July 8, 2019
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If you're looking for online contests that you can participate or submit your work for free, without being required to pay entry free; don't look further.

This article will provide you with an overview of each contest including the last date to submit your work and the type of prizes to be won. A link has been included in each contest which will direct you to the relevant contest's page to better understand what's required of you.

However, unlike earlier, this article will concentrate on writing contests only, that is, short story, novel, flash fiction, poetry, article, essay and creative nonfiction. For non-writing contests - designing, illustration, drawing, painting, photography and short video/film production - a separate article has been created to provide you with an up-to-date list of the said contests.

Click here to be directed to non-writing contests.

Cheers on your success. If you don't win, don't beat yourself down. Try another one, and another one, and another one. You never know.

NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, the entries should be submitted in English language. Whereas a language(s) is accepted other than English, it will be noted in the concerned contest.

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Monthly Contests

1. The Writing District Contest

This is a monthly short story contest.

Deadline: The last date of the month

Word count: 3,000

Theme: Open

Email submission: competition@thewritingdistrict.com

Prizes: $50 to the overall winner

Visit their website for more info: The Writing District

2. Micro Sweek Flash Fiction Contest

This is a monthly flash fiction contest. Each month has its own theme.

Prize: $50 for the overall winner

Deadline: The 22nd day of every month

Word count: 250 words

In addition, there is a prize of $15 for the best feedback to the stories updated for each particular month.

Familiarize yourself with the general rules that have been outlined in Sweek Blog pertaining to the monthly flash fiction contest.

Click here to find out Sweek's flash fiction contest theme for each month.

3. The Writing Quarter Competition

Theme: Open

Word count: 3,000 words

Only one entry per person.

Prize: $30

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

Check them here to learn more.

4. Furious Fiction

Can you beat the deadline in as little as 55 hours after receiving the short story prompt? This is your chance to put your writing skill into test. Once the prompt is displayed in the organizer's website, on the first Friday of every month, you have to race against the clock to write a 500-word short story (or less) in less than 55 hours to win AUD$500.

Click this link to learn more.

5. The Third Word Press

In this contest you are required to write flash fiction of not over nor under but exactly 80 words. "Your submission can be an extract from a longer work; a full story with a beginning, a middle and end; or it can simply be a scene - it's what you do with it that is of interest. You can submit as many pieces as you like per competition."

Deadline: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

Prize: £20 and your work will be published on the organizer's website.

Details here.

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Quarterly Contests

1. Writer Contest

This is a quarterly contest which occurs four times a year.

Type of contest: Scientific and Fantasy genres

Word length: 17,000 words

"The contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits."

Prizes: $1000, $750, $500 including trophies. Additionally, the winners of quarterly contest will compete to win the annual prize of $5,000.

You can submit through email or snail mail.

Details here.


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July Deadline

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

Details here.


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."

Theme: Mystery

Genre: Poetry

Limit: 5 poems

Prizes: $100, $50, @25 and a copy of the printed anthology book.

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Details here.

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

Language: English

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

Details here.

How to Win a Writing Contest (Tips from a Contest Judge)

August Deadline

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.

Details here.

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.

Details here.

3. Pen2Paper: A Disability-Focused Creative Writing Competition

Theme: Disability

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

Details here.

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September Deadline

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

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November Deadline

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

© 2017 Benny Njuguna

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    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      11 days ago from Kenya

      Thank you, Kasha.

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      Kansha 

      12 days ago

      Thanks for the list! Really helpful and informative

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      5 weeks ago from Kenya

      I agree with you, Rakesh.

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      rakesh pattar Aikur 

      5 weeks ago

      essay competition is very good for students and modern youths

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      5 weeks ago from Kenya

      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.

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      Tishya 

      5 weeks ago

      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.

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      Rohan singh 

      6 weeks ago

      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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      6 weeks ago from Kenya

      @ 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.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      6 weeks ago from Kenya

      @ 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.

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      Anu 

      6 weeks ago

      Sir I am an Indian Housewife, no professional writer, can I participate in competitions

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      Manish Kashyap 

      6 weeks ago

      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.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      7 weeks ago from Kenya

      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.

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      Tia 

      7 weeks ago

      Where should I send my writing like Short story, poem, essay?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      7 weeks ago from Kenya

      Yes, you can participate in any of the contest including short stories that have been posted in this page.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      7 weeks ago from Kenya

      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.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      7 weeks ago from Kenya

      @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.

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      Glory Godday 

      8 weeks ago

      this article is an open door for writers, including one like me

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      2 months ago from Kenya

      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.

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      Eddy 

      2 months ago

      Do I still own my work if I will or don't??!Like I can publish it??

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      2 months ago from Kenya

      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.

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      Ayena bridget 

      2 months ago

      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.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      2 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Placide, and I hope you'll enjoy your stay here.

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      Placide 

      2 months ago

      Thanks

      This is important. It's a really encouraging article for writters.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      3 months ago from Kenya

      आपकी टिप्पणी के लिये धन्यवाद। मुझे पता है कि आपकी व्यक्तिगत कहानी किसी चीज के बारे में दूसरों को प्रोत्साहित, प्रेरित या शिक्षित करेगी। आपके द्वारा प्राप्त अंतर्राष्ट्रीय मान्यता आपको कई तरीकों से सहायता करेगी। मैं आपके सर्वोत्तम की कामना करता हूं।

      मुझे आपकी टिप्पणी को पढ़ने में सक्षम होने के लिए Google अनुवाद का उपयोग करना था जो कि हिंदी में है। इस प्रकार, मैंने उसी कार्यक्रम पर भरोसा किया है। मुझे आशा है कि इसका अनुवाद अभीष्ट है।

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      3 months ago from Kenya

      @Asiya, there are many story contests that I have listed than essays and poems; starting with the first contest.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      3 months ago from Kenya

      @Asiya, I don't give money to people who have won the contest. I only list contests that are free to enter and when you win the organizers of that contest will pay you.

      When you click the link under each contest, it will direct you to the contest page. There you'll see how you'll be paid.

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      asiya 

      3 months ago

      there are so many contest but not a story writing contest

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      asiya majid 

      3 months ago

      thank you miss Alianess Benny Njuguna but i have one more question i am from Pakistan so how you give me money of i will win.

      pleas give me the answer

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      4 months ago from Kenya

      @Asiya, when you have located the contest you are interested in, at the same end of that contest I have indicated you should click 'here' or for more details click 'here,' or this 'website.' Click with your mouse or your finger I you're using a smartphone and you will be directed to the website of that contest. There you will find all details of how to participate.

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      asiya majid 

      4 months ago

      how can i get enter in this contents i want to participate in it so pleas tell me about it okay

      thanks

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      4 months ago from Kenya

      Yes, Tricia. There are contests for people under the age of 18. I will be indicating the minimum age so as to know right away if you're eligible. Therefore, keep checking.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      4 months ago from Kenya

      Just follow the rules for each contest and you are good to go. All the best Mayank.

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      Mayank Singh 

      4 months ago

      Sure you can write an article i also want to participate in contest by writting

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      5 months ago from Kenya

      Sure you can write an article but only in contests that allow submission of articles or essays

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      Zoha ali 

      5 months ago

      I also want to participate in contest by writting an article!

      Can i?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      7 months ago from Kenya

      Hi Kautham. I am working on January 2019 contests

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      Kautham 

      7 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      7 months ago from Kenya

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

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

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      Saeed barari 

      7 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      8 months ago from Kenya

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

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

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      XYZ 

      8 months ago

      please motivate writers by providing good prizes and good payments.

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      Hussein Sabbaghi 

      8 months ago

      Isn't any free entry fee?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      8 months ago from Kenya

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

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      Creative writing news 

      8 months ago

      Thank you for publishing this list of contests.

      Writing contests encourage writers to push boundaries.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      10 months ago from Kenya

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

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      Ann Gibson 

      10 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      11 months ago from Kenya

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

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      madhvi 

      11 months ago

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

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      Benny Njuguna 

      11 months ago from Kenya

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

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      DOUGLAS CHUUMBWE 

      11 months ago

      I really want to participate in the competition

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      Benny Njuguna 

      11 months ago from Kenya

      Thanks for your feedback. I will consider it

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      欢 

      11 months ago

      Go Shortcuts!

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      12 months ago from Kenya

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

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      Jean Saville 

      12 months ago

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

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      Benny Njuguna 

      12 months ago from Kenya

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

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      Hipster24 

      12 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      12 months ago from Kenya

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

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      T. Shreya 

      12 months ago

      I want to participate in this competition

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      Benny Njuguna 

      12 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Augustin for stopping by.

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      Augustin Kinguse 

      13 months ago

      Thanks for this great information

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Benny Njuguna 

      13 months ago from Kenya

      Thanks Vivek for the feedback.

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      Benny Njuguna 

      13 months ago from Kenya

      Hi Eli

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

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      Eli 

      13 months ago

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

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      Vivek Ydv 

      13 months ago

      Its really amazing post.

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      Vivek Ydv 

      13 months ago

      Thank you so much for this posting.

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      Benny Njuguna 

      13 months ago from Kenya

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

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      gungun 

      13 months ago

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

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      Benny Njuguna 

      14 months ago from Kenya

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

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      Lizzy Taylor 

      14 months ago from USA

      Thanks for putting all these useful sites together. As a writer of custom papers, I'll take part in one of for sure.

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      Michael_Peculium 

      15 months ago

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      Here are the list of what the winners will get for our contest and this contest is free to join.

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      – The 3rd runner up will receive an Amazon coupon of $200

      This is the link to the full contest details:

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

      Thanks

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      16 months ago

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      18 months ago

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      Benny Njuguna 

      21 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Dora Isaac Weithers for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for sharing this information. Something for almost everyone and a few extra dollars are always welcome.

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