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2021 Free International Writing Entry Contests

This is my purpose in life: to better myself through knowledge and help others do the same. I hope you enjoy my writing.

There are countless of online writing competitions you can participate in. The best part is there are competitions that don't require an entrant to pay a certain fee to submit their work for a chance to win a monetary prize.

If you're looking for free competitions, don't sweat. You have arrived at the right place wherein you'll be updated on the latest free contests. They are free to enter, and what's more, they accept individuals from any part of the world.

Note: Unless stated, majority of the listed contests accept international submission. Wherein a competition is limited to a certain region, it will be indicated.

Best of wishes as you submit you best work to any of the listed contests in this page.

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Regular Contests

These competitions occur on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly basis. The contests are arranged in the order of their frequency.

1. Monthly contests

a) The Writing Quarter Competition

Type: Short Story

Theme: Open

Length: 1,000-3,000 words

Prize: $30

Deadline: Last day of each month

Details here.

b) Furious Fiction

The contest begins on the first Friday of each month.

It runs for 55 hours - Friday to Sunday.

A new set of story prompts are displayed on their contest page every first Friday of each month.

Length: 500 words

Prize: AUD500

Age: 17 years and above

Details here.

c) Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

Theme: Open

Length: 1,000 words

Prize: $30

Deadline: Last date of every month

Details here.

d) Creative Writing Ink Competition

Submission of poems only.

Theme: Open

Length: 40 lines

Prize: Publication on their website and an Amazon voucher worth £10.

You must have your parent's contest to participate in this contest If you're below the age of 18.

Deadline: Last date of every month.

Details here.

e) Inkitt Writing Contest

Type of writing: Novels

Prize: $300

Genre: Not specific

They don't accept fanfiction and poetry.

You can submit multiple entries.

Details here.

f) The Penflashed Wad Monthly Competition

Theme: Each month has its own theme

Type of writing: Different for each month

Prize: $25

Details here.

2. Quarterly Contests

a) Writer Contest

Genre: Sci-fi and Fantasy

They don't accept poetry or children's stories

Length: 17,000 words

Prizes:

1st prize - $1,000

2nd prize - $750

3rd prize -$500

Grand prize winner at the end of the year: $5,000

The quarterly contest begins on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30.

Details here.

b) Reflex Fiction

Length: 180-360 words

Entry fee: You choose your own entry fee

Prizes:

1st winner - £1,000

2nd winner - £500

3rd winner - £250

The deadlines for the contest for 2020 are:

Autumn - August 31

Summer - May 31

Winter - November 30

Details here.

3. Annual Contests

1. The 2021 Writing Bee

Boomwriter is hosting its 5th annual Writing Bee competition. This is a global event; ideal for students in grades 3-8.

The 2021 Writing Bee is completely free to teachers and their students, and it's all online so kids can participate regardless if they are in school or working remotely.

This year's event features the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and New York Times bestselling author Jeff Kinney and the 2020 Newbury Medal and Coretta Scott King Award winner for his book New Kid, Jerry Craft. They'll serve as The 2021 Writing Bee Guest Authors, and they are providing the original story starts and illustrations to serve as the participants' writing prompts.

Details here.

2021 Deadlines

January Deadline

1. Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

They're looking for "murder or another serious crime or crimes is at the heart of the story."

Length: No less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words.

Prize: The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000.

Deadline: January 1, 2021

Details here.

2. Stacy Doris Memorial Poetry Award

Prize: $500 to the winning poet, and publication in the 2021 issue of Fourteen Hills.

Poems that will not be chosen for the award will be considered for possible publication in Fourteen Hills.

Length: Min. 3 pages; Max. 10 pages

Maximum of 1 poem per author

Deadline: January 1, 2021.

Details here.

3. The Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020

There are four categories to choose from the competition: poetry, short fiction, children's Literature and script writing.

They state, "The judges will choose one winner from each category. They will be looking particularly for original and inspiring responses to all aspects of the pandemic including "lockdown" and what has become for us all the "new normal."

Length:

Short story - 1,500 words

Poem - 100 lines

Screenwriting - 15 minutes

Eligibility: The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire.

Entrants can be of any age.

Prize: £500 will be awarded to one winner from each of the four categories.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Details here.

4. The Nine Dots

Question: What does it mean to be young in an ageing world?

Length: 3,000 words

Prize:

The winner will receive $100,000 "to write a book expanding on their ideas."

Entrants are required in addition to responding to the contest's question with the expected word-length, to include "an outline structure of their proposed book and a justification statement of their ability to complete the book in seven months via an online submission form."

"Cambridge University Press will provide support and editorial assistance to the Prize winner, whose book will be published by the Press in May 2022. The book will also be made available in an open access format," states the contest's organizer.

Deadline: January 18, 2021

Details here

5. Human Rights Essay Contest

The competition is open to students enrolled at Columbia University. Two undergraduate and two graduate students will be awarded with cash prizes. The winners, including other participants, will be invited to present their papers at ISHR's annual end of Year Research Poster Session.

"Papers may be written in any discipline or interdisciplinary. They may be critical analyses, theoretical examinations, or research papers, as long as they address issues, ideas, and questions relating to human rights."

Length: 5,000 words

Prizes:

2 graduate students will be awarded $700 each, and 2 undergraduate students will be awarded $400 each.

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Details here.

6. The Akon Caine Prize for African Writing 2021

The Prize is open to short stories that have been published by a Publisher five years before the deadline of the Prize.

Submission for the Prize should be made by Publishers, and should not include stories for children, factual writing, plays, biography, works shorter than 3,000 words and unpublished work. Self-published work is also not eligible for the Prize.

Length: 3,000-10,000 words

The Prize is open to published African writers.

Prize:

"Winning and short-listed authors will be invited to participate in writers' workshops in Africa, London and elsewhere as resources permit. There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The short-listed candidates will also receive a Prize of £500.

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Details here.

7. Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Subject Matter of Essay: Essays must describe an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born. The official may have addressed an issue at the local, state, or national level.

It's restricted to United States high schools students in grades 9-12. The students may be attending "public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of 20 enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas."

Length: 700-1,000 words

Prizes:

First Prize winner - $10,000

Second Prize winner - $3,000

Five finalists - $100 each

Ten students will receive honourable Mentions

The nominating teacher of the first-prize winner will be awarded John F. Kennedy Public Service Grant of $500 "for school projects encouraging student leadership and civic engagement."

All the participants will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Deadline: January 15, 2021

Details here.

8. The Avery Review Essay Prize 2021

The Competition is open to current undergraduate and masters students and recent graduates from the school of architecture or elsewhere (at any university.

They state, "Submissions for the Avery Review Essay Prize should take the form of critical essays on books, buildings, and other architectural media, broadly defined."

Length: 2,500-3,500 words

Prizes:

First place - $4,000 (one)

Second place - $2,000 (three)

Deadline: January 30, 2021

Details here.

9. Global Essay Competition: Health & Land

The goal of the competition is to "explore covid-19, a topic of current and global importance, specifically, how our actions towards the planet's land resources can play a role in dealing with and helping in preventing such pandemics from occuring in the future."

There are two topics provided where a participant is required to choose one.

Length: 500-1,500 words

Languages accepted: English, Russian, French or Spanish

Prizes:

First place - 300 euros

Second place - 200 euros

Third place - 100 euros

There will be an additional individual prizes:

- Winning essay submitted by land practitioners - 100 euros

- Winning essay submitted by secondary school students (Age 14-18) - 100 euros

- Winning essay submitted by primary school students (Age 13 and below) - 100 euros

All participants will be awarded a certificate from UNCCD.

Deadline: January 24, 2021

Details here.

10. Fantasy Banquet for Bibliophiles

In 1,000 words, an entrant is asked to describe "an imaginary banquet for book-lovers. Your character can be alive, dead or fictional, from any period, of any age, colour or creed."

Age: 16 upwards

You're not required to be a professional or experienced writer to participate in the contest.

Length: 700-800 words (average)

Maximum: 1,000 words

Deadline: January 22, 2021

Details here.

11. Arise Africa Writing Contest

Theme: The Africa of My Dreams

Categories: Fiction, Personal essays, Poetry

Award:

Category winners will be awarded $100 each.

The top 20 entries in each category will be published in Arise Africa publication from June 2021.

Entrants:

Should be Africans, have visited Africa, lived or worked anywhere in the continent.

Length:

Fiction & Essays - 1,000-1,500 words

Poems - 40 lines

Deadline: January 31, 2021

Details here.

12. VOICE.CLUB - DAWN- FLASH FICTION

Event Start Date/Time: 2021.01.01 - January 1st - 12pm

Event End Date/Time (Deadline): 2021.01.30 - January 30th - 12pm

Max word count: 350 Words Max

Top Prize: $50 / $25 Amazon Gift Cards

Event Location: International

Category: Flash Fiction, Short Story

Event Details:

Voice.club Writing Contests: Express yourself in a supportive, family-friendly community, as you develop your writing skills.

We invite you to write a story of 350 words or less, inspired by our current prompt "Dawn", to welcome in the New Year. Your story could describe the dawn of a new day, a new year, a new idea, a new life … the possibilities are endless!

Details here.

February Deadline

1. Human Rights Essay Award

Topic: Human Rights and States of Emergency: Unexpected Crisis and New Challenges

Entrants:

Participants "must hold a law degree and have a demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law."

Length: Maximum of 35 papers

Awards: There are two awards, one for the best article in English, and the other in Spanish.

"The Award in each case will consist of:

  • A full scholarship to the program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options.
  • Travel expenses to and from Washington DC
  • Housing at the university dorms
  • Per dem for living expenses
  • The best articles may also be published in the American University International Law Review

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Details here.

2. Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition

The competition is open to both published and aspiring writers for a chance of "winning a place on one of Arvon's residential writing courses." In addition, your story will be published on their website.

Length: 2,000 words

Theme: Any

Deadline: February 12, 2021

Details here.

3. Year 12 NCH Essay Competition

The NCH London essay competition is open to "students who are currently in their penultimate (year 12 in England) and who are interested in studying humanities or social services at university."

Students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit their entries by choosing one essay title from the 11 humanities and social sciences topics listed on their contest page.

Length: 1,500 words

Prizes:

The selected first, second and third prize winners for each subject will be awarded cash prizes.

First Place - £1,000

Second Place - £500

Third Place - £250

Deadline: February 1, 2021

Details here.

4. Puchi Award - Book Project Call

Entry: Book

Genre: Any

They are open to "literary and graphic projects of any kind that stands out by virtue of their premise, literary and graphic quality, originality, unconventionality or mould-shattering conception. A book can contain anything and everything, and that is precisely what this contests wants: fiction and non-fiction essays, informative literature, poetry, illustration, comics, cookbooks, combination of the above it any other type of work "

Prize: 8,000 euros + publication

Deadline: February 2, 2021

Details here.

5. The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition 2020/21

Theme: Be Careful What You Wish For!

The competition is open to "all students of school He including not only those in schools and college communities, but also students who are home educated and in any other young people's community organizations."

Prizes:

First, second and third prize winners in Junior (5-10 years), Intermediate (11-14 years), and Senior (15-18 years) will receive £300, £150 and £100 respectively. Additionally, the first, second, and third winners in each age category will also receive the Prize for the Winning Entrant's School Library in the amount of £100, £500 and £250 respectively.

Length: 500 words

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Details here.

6. The Mathew Power Literary Reporting Award

The grant award of $12,500, sponsored by the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University's Faculty of Arts and Science, is aimed at supporting the "work of a promising early-career nonfiction writer on a story that uncovers truths about human conditions."

Award:

$6,000 upon announcement of the winning proposal; $3,000 upon evidence of substantial progress (usually a first draft); and $3,500 upon completion and acceptance by the Award committee.

It should be noted the award will not "fund proposals to report on armed conflicts where journalists are already imperiled, nor projects that are mainly investigatory."

Deadline: February 16, 2021

Details here.

7. 8th Annual Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest

The Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS) is open to submission of short stories whose setting is centred around Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California.

Categories:

English

Japanese

Youth (18 and younger)

Prize:

Each category winner will be awarded $500.

The winning short stories will be published in The Rafu Shimpo, Discover Nikkel and Little Tokyo Historical Society website.

Length: 2,500 words or less in English, or, 5,000 ji or less in Japanese

Deadline: February 28, 2021

Details here.

8.The Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction

Subject: Any

Length: 5,000 words

Award: $250

Deadlines:

There are two reading periods with the deadline on February and August. One winner will be selected for the Summer or Fall and his/her work published in the Lunch Ticket.

The Lunch Ticket is "produced by the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, an innovative creative writing graduate program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice."

Also, all entries submitted for the award might be considered for publication in Lunch Ticket.

Details here.

March Deadline

1. The Fountain Essay Contest 2020-2021

Question: My COVID-19 Story: Reflections on Life and Human Existence During the Pandemic.

They want to hear your COVID-19 story. "What has the virus taught you about life? If you were not infected, what has your experience been like as an "outsider?"

Length: 1,500-2,500 words

Prizes:

1st place - $1,000

2nd place - $500

3rd place - $300

Two Honorable Mentions - $150 each

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Details here.

2. Animal Rights Law Essay Competition

Question: Is it lawful to enslave the unconsenting?

Length: 3,000 words

Prizes:

First place winner - £750

Second place winner - £500

Third place winner - £250

Eligibility:

All students and researchers who haven't yet completed a doctoral degree.

Deadline: March 8, 2021

Details here.

3. 2021 Enlisted Prize Essay Contest

Sponsored by the U.S. Naval Institute, the Challenge is: Write on a topic that makes the naval profession stronger.

They state that no subject is too or too small for the Contest.

Length: 1,500 words

Eligibility:

Open to enlisted personnel - active duty, reserve and retired - from any of the nation's (US) sea services.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Details here.

4. Annual DNA Day Essay Contest

2021 Question:

All humans are 99.9% genetically identical at the DNA level. Remarkably, just a small fraction (0.1%) of our DNA contributes to the different characteristics among populations around the world and that makes Avery person unique. Important discoveries in human genetics and genomics often rely on comparing groups of people, for example, people with a given disease compared to people without the disease. These studies utilize genomic data from individuals who have contributed their DNA for research purposes, most of which (approximately 80%) are individuals if European ancestry. How does this population representation impact genomic findings? Can the data and results of these studies still be useful for studied in other populations from around the world? Discuss whether inclusion of note diverse populations in genetic and genomic studies hold a potential to benefit future genetic research and improve human health.

Length: 750 words

Eligibility:

Students in grades 9-12 in the U.S., and worldwide

The written essays should be submitted by teacher or administrator, or in the case of home schooled students, by parents.

Prizes:

1st place winner - $1,000 for student, $1,000 genetic materials grant

2nd place winner - $600 for student, $600 genetics materials grant

3rd place winner - $400 for student, $400 genetics materials grant

Honorable Mentions - 10 student prizes of $100 each

Deadline: March 3, 2021

Details here.

5. Never Such Innocence 2020/21 Competition

Theme: The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stones from Around the World

Categories: Poetry, Art, Speech, Song

Eligibility:

Young people aged 9-18

Prizes:

Goodies, virtual camps, and summer camps

In addition, "The winners in the four categories will be invited to participate in unique experiences and invited to NSI's special award ceremony in London. All participants will receive a certificate of commendation for their work."

Deadline: March 19, 2021

Details here.

6. Tower Poetry Competition

Theme: Key

Length: 48 lines

Prizes:

There is top prize of £3,000, and the schools of prize winners will be added an additional of £150 "for investment in further study of poetry and literature."

Eligibility:

Students between the ages of 16-18 who are educated in the UK.

Students who are enrolled for higher education courses are not eligible for the Competition.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Details here.

7. 2021 Hippocrates International Young Poets Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Length: 50 lines

Prize:

The Young Poets Prize is £500.

The winning poems will be published in the Hippocrates Prize website, and in an anthology.

Winners will received their ends at by the end of July 2021.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

Details here.

8. Writers of the Future Contest

This is a quarterly contest.

Genre: Fantasy & Science Fiction

Length: 17,000 words

Prizes:

1st winner - $1,000

2nd winner - $750

3rd winner - $500

Quarterly first-place winners will compete for the annual L. Ron Hubbard Golden Pen Award of $5,000.

Deadline: The 2nd Quarter deadline is March 31, 2021

Details here.

9. The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

Type of writing: Non-fiction

They state, "The submission should address some combination of identity, the meeting of cultures and communities, immigration and migration, and today's globalised society."

Submission:

The submitted manuscript should either be a completed one, or a sample of at least 25,000 words and a detailed proposal which should include a synopsis and an annotated table of contents.

You're also required to submit a CV and a cover letter addressing your background as a writer, experience as an immigrant, and inspiration for the submitted work.

Eligibility:

First-generation residents of their country.

Prizes:

The winner receives $10,000 and publication of Restless Books.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Details here.

10. Young Adas Short Story Prize 2021

They're open to submission of short story from writers aged 14-18 living, working, or studying in the western suburbs of Melbourne

Length: 1,000 words

Prizes:

$250 to the winner, and publication in an anthology.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Details here.

11. UNSW Press Bragg Prizes for Science Writing 2021

The submitted work should be a scientific writing but whose style of language should be appealing to the general audience.

Submission:

"The entries must have been published in print and/or online between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. Extracts for longer published works, including books, may be submitted. Extracts for academic these or conference papers will not be considered...Previously unpublished work will not be considered."

Length: 7,000 words

Eligibility:

Entrants must be permanent residents or citizens of Australia.

Prizes:

First prize winner - $7,000

Two runners-up - $1,500 each

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Details here.

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April Deadline

1. Wergle Fromp Humor Poetry Contest

Prizes:

First prize: $2,000 plus a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value)

Second prize: $500

Honorable mentions: 10 awards of $100 each

Top twelve entries published online

Length: 250 lines

No restriction on age of author.

Deadline: April 1, 2021

Details here.

2. National High School Essay Contest

Topic:

"What characteristics lead to a successful effort by diplomats and peacebuilders to mediate or prevent violent conflict? The United States Foreign Service - often referred to as America's first line of Defense - works to prevent conflict from breaking out abroad and threats from coming to our shores. Peacebuilders work on the ground to create the conditions for peace and resolve conflicts where they are most needed."

They're looking for essays which will "identify in more than 1,250 words, a situation where diplomats worked in a peacebuilding initiative with partners from the country/region in question, and other parts of the U.S. government, and then go on to analyze what characteristics and approaches made the enterprise a success."

Length: 1,000-1,250 words

Prizes:

"$2,500 to the writer of the winning essay, in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the nation's capital from anywhere in the U.S. for the winner and his/her parents, and an all-expense paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea. Runner-up receives $1,250 and a full-tuition to attend a summer session of National Student Leadership Conference's International Diplomacy Program."

Eligibility:

Students in grade 9-12 in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, or citizens/lawful permanent residents attending high schools overseas.

Deadline: April 5, 2021

Details here.

3. We the Students Scholarship Essay Contest

Question: What is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

They encourage participants "to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how equality and justice are not just abstract ideas but are part of the actions and choices of people every day."

Length: 500-800 words

Prizes:

1st place - $7,500

Runners up - 5 prizes at $1,500 each

Honorable Mention - 8 prizes at $500 each

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Details here.

4. Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors

Fix, Grist's Solutions Lab are holding a new climate-fiction contest.

Fix is looking for short stories that "envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress - roughly seven genetations." They are asking writers to "assume the role of future ancestors, building the world they want our collective descendants to have - on paper."

Prizes:

First Prize - $3,000

Second Prize - $2,000

Third Prize - $1,000

Nine additional finalists will each receive $3,000 honorarium.

Additionally, "Winners and finalists will be published in a stunning, immersive digital collection on Fix's website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event."

Length: 3,000-5,000 words

Deadline: April 13, 2021

Details here.

May Deadline

1. IvyPanda's $1,500 Annual Essay Writing Contest Scholarship

Eligibility: Current high school, college, or university students from any country.

Entrants are required to choose an essay topic from the three provided on the organizer's contest page.

Length: 500-700 words

Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The runner-up prize is $500.

Deadline: May 31, 2021.

Details here.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are there writing competitions for students below the age of 15?

Answer: Yes, there are, for instance, the Commonwealth competition. If a contest accepts entries from participants from the age of 13 upward, I will indicate so that you can know.

Question: Are the writing contests described in this article open for any age?

Answer: These contests are mostly opened for people above the age of 18. Wherein there is a specific age required for in a contest, I will indicate it. Some contests have not mentioned the age range but normally the interested participants should be 18 years and above.

Question: There is a contest you've listed whose deadline is 21 September 2019. When will they announce the winner?

Answer: At the end of the contest, I have included a link. Click it and it will direct you to the contest's page where they have indicated announcement of winners. If they have not indicated, wait for their email. They will notify you if you're the winner.

Question: When is the writing competition conducted?

Answer: If you mean the dates of submission, I have indicated the last date you're required to submit your entry for each contest.

If you mean how you're required to send your submission, each contest differes from each other on how they want the entries to be submitted. It can be my postal mail, email or online. Under the deadline date, there is a link (here). Click it and it will direct you to the contest page where it will indicate the means of submitting your entry.

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: 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: How should I apply for the International Writing & Non-writing competition?

Answer: This article contains a list of competitions. Choose the competition you want. At the end of each competition you will find a link. The link will direct you to the contest's page where you will find information how to apply.

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: Are the International Writing contests listed in this article online?

Answer: Yes, all of these contests are online.

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

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

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

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

Question: Are there any 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: 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 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: Can we send an essay through email to enter a writing contest?

Answer: Yes. Please check with each contest. They've indicated how they want entries to be submitted. I have provided a link at the end of each contest. Click the links to know how to submit.

Question: Are there any 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 competitions for quotes, poetry, Shayari and fiction for students between the ages of 15 to 17?

Answer: There is a quote contest you might be interested in.

Also, there is poetry competition at the age range you've indicated.

Lastly, there is a short story contest that accept entrants from the age of 16 onwards.

I will post the contests this week.

Question: Can any nationality join the international writing contests?

Answer: Yes, all the contests listed in this page accept submission from any nationality. They are not limited to a specific nationality or country.

However, I will include the name of a region (s) if a contest has limited its submission to a specific nation(s).

Question: Are there any poetry contests?

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

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: 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: 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: 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: Is there any age restriction for the 2019 Free International Writing Contest?

Answer: Some contests are limited to a certain age. If a contest doesn't mention the minimum age to enter the contest, then it means it's open to people from the age of eighteen onwards.

Question: I had started writing for Hubpages from 2013 to 2016 before I stopped due to an injury. I would like to continue. Is everyone allowed to write on HubPages or just a specific community or only us nationals?

Answer: Anyone from any region of the world can be registered at the site -Hubpages. It isn't limited to a specific community, country or people.

Since you didn't delete your Hubpages account, you can continue writing articles for the site. If you remember your username and password, you're good to go. If you can't remember your password, you can click the 'forgot password" under the log-in page.

Question: Are there writing competitions for the people above the age of fifty?

Answer: Yes. These competitions are for people above the age of eighteen. If there is a specific age or age bracket I will note it but if the age bracket isn't indicated, then individuals of any age can participate.

Question: I am from Ethiopia, Africa. Can I participate in any free writing contests?

Answer: Yes, you can participate. The contests listed on this page accept writers from any country. The only contests that accept writers from a certain country are those that I have indicated the contests are restricted to writers from 'this' country. The contests that I haven't indicated they accept writers from a specific country are contests which any individual from any nation can participate.

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

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

Question: 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.

© 2017 Alianess Benny Njuguna

Comments

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on August 25, 2020:

@Thomas, unfortunately, most of these competitions are eligible to entrants who are above the age of 18.

Here is a contest that you might want to join as it accepts entries of those under 18: 'Creative Writing Ink Competition.'

Once I come across a competition for your age, I will post.

K.H Thomas on August 24, 2020:

Can a 13 year old join in the competitions?

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

@Lakshanya, you're welcome.

Lakshanya on July 27, 2020:

Thank you

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

Thank you, S.rjarajan.

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

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

S.rjarajan on July 23, 2020:

Super

Sadhna on July 23, 2020:

How I can participate in a writing competition in Hindi

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on July 15, 2020:

At the end of a contest, you'll see 'Details here.' Click or press 'here.' It is a link which will direct you to the contest's page.

Janet on July 14, 2020:

How do we submit please

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

You're welcome

Favour on July 09, 2020:

thanks

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

@Favour, at the end of each contest, you will see 'Details here.' Click or press 'here.' It will direct you to that contest's page. The 'here' is linked to that particular contest's page.

Favour on July 09, 2020:

where should i click to the competition page

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on July 08, 2020:

@Pinkey, at the end of each competition, you'll see 'Details here.' Click here which is a link. It will direct you to the competition's page where you'll get information how to submit and further guidelines.

Pinkeymughal on July 08, 2020:

I am an Pakistani please take me in this competition

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on July 07, 2020:

@Favour, you can join the contests as they accept entries from all over the world. The contests that contain 'restricted to..' are only eligible for a certain country (ies). Those that don't contain 'restricted to...' are eligible to anyone in the world.

Favour on July 07, 2020:

hi ,am in Africa can i join this competition.

Favour on July 07, 2020:

please am in Africa can i join these competition

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on July 06, 2020:

main vah nahin hoon jo kantestents ko host kar raha hai. main vaastavik svatantr pratiyogita khojata hoon aur unhen post karata hoon. pratyek pratiyogita ke ant mein mainne ek link shaamil kiya hai jo aapako pratiyogita ke prshth par nirdeshit karega. vahaan aapako sabamit karane kee jaanakaaree milegee

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

@Nisha, yes you can send an essay as an educator. If the contest hasn't indicated the age entrance, you can participate. If it has, and your age falls in the age range of the contest, you can participate. But if the age indicated is below 18 years, you can't enter that contest.

Nisha on June 28, 2020:

Can an educator send essay who is above 20?

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

@Rehan, there are two contests that fit the criterion you've indicated. The deadline for the contests is July. They are: Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award & 2020 Essay Competition.

Rehan Sheikh on June 26, 2020:

Is there any international writing contest for 12 year old child? Kindly assist me

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

@Rusell, most of the listed contests accept entrants who are above the age of 30. Unless it is indicated that a contest accepts a certain age range, the contest is eligible for participants at the age of 18 and onwards.

This means, if a contest indicates it accepts entrants above the age of 18 or doesn't list the entry age, the contest is applicable for individuals who are 18 years and above.

Russel Bitchayda on June 25, 2020:

Is there Essay contest for 30 years old and above?

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

@Rubayet, there are scientific-related competitions but they're less frequent than non-scientific contests.

When I come across scientific contests, I will post it.

Rubayet Alam on June 24, 2020:

is there any scientific or science-related article writing competition?

Kurie on June 19, 2020:

Hello, I found this page to be very helpful :) but I'm in Africa and a variety of the competitions are restricted. Not sure if you can help me find competitions i can compete in.

thank you

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on June 14, 2020:

@Zahra, unfortunately, I am not the one holding the contests. I have listed contests that are free and genuine.

In each contest, I have included a link that will direct you to the contest page where it lists how you can submit your entry.

At the end of each contest, you'll Details here. Click here which is a link to the contest's page.

In each contest, I have included the deadline. The deadline indicated is the correct one.

Students can participate in the contests if they are 18 and above.

Zahra Ali on June 13, 2020:

In the recent Writers Contest can students participate? What is the correct deadline please acknowledge

Zahra Ali ( zaahra0098@gmail.com) on June 13, 2020:

Please send in the email address where we can send our writings for competition. Thank you.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on June 03, 2020:

@Renuga, all the contests are free to enter.

Renuga on June 03, 2020:

Did all the events are really free?

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

Thank you, Rajpereira.

Rajpereira on April 10, 2020:

Useful information

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on March 27, 2020:

Not all contests offer certificate of participation. It depends with an organizer of a contest.

Saksham on March 26, 2020:

Should we get certificate

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

Thank you, Casey. I appreciate bringing fort these two contests. I will post them on the contest page.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on February 27, 2020:

Thank you, You don't need to know. Maybe you'll find the contest you want in future.

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

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

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

Thank you, Ibeoonline2008@yahoo.com

You don't need to know on February 26, 2020:

Thank anyways I couldn't find a a contest

Ibeoonline2008@yahoo.com on February 26, 2020:

I like what your doing

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

Thank you, Alifiya

Alifiya on February 21, 2020:

Bestest

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on January 12, 2020:

Thank you, Neelamani. I appreciate it.

Neelamani Sutar on January 12, 2020:

Your site is a great platform for writers. I always get valuable information.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on January 08, 2020:

In some contests individuals who are less than 18 years can participate. When contests require people of below 18 years to participate incl 12 years, I will indicate in the details of the contest.

anonymous on January 07, 2020:

is a twelve year old eligible to participate in any writing contests?

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

M. Kalaivani, I don't conduct the contests or organizer of any of the contests on this page. I list genuine free to enter contests. I have provided links under each contest which will direct you to the contests' page where you can find more information on how to submit.

You can send your entry to the address provided if the contest allows. Or you can access a computer that is internet enabled at your local cyber cafe.

M.kalaivani on December 18, 2019:

I have many story .but I don't have cell.plese give a chance send letter to the address

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

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

Donna Rayne from Sparks, Nevada on December 04, 2019:

Thank you for sharing all these links to writing contests. I am going to enter some of the poetry contest! Awesome article!

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on December 02, 2019:

Thank you, Sayali

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on December 01, 2019:

Thank you, Sayali for the feedback.

Sayali Sharad rane on November 30, 2019:

Thank you.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on November 26, 2019:

Thank you, Jupitara.

jupitara kalita on November 16, 2019:

thanks a lot for the information

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

Thank you, Diana

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

Thank you Nonso, you found this helpful.

Diana on October 30, 2019:

Nice

Nonso on October 23, 2019:

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

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on October 19, 2019:

Thank you, Shirly. Much appreciated.

Shirly Singh on October 19, 2019:

This site was bery helpful... i.never knew it had so many writing contests.

Thank you

shivanshi on September 27, 2019:

gamsamnida, thank you for putting everything at a single place. it helped a lot.

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

You are welcome, Daanish.

Daanish on September 27, 2019:

thank you for this

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

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

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

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

Afshin on September 18, 2019:

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 Kenya on September 16, 2019:

@nyi, postal code refers to sending mail through postal mail. This is when you take the envelope containing a letter or whatever is in the envelope to the post office so that they can send it to the intended person.

I think is what you are asking.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on September 13, 2019:

@Rana. You can join anytime. Each contest has a deadline. Choose the contest you want and submit your entry before the deadline.

nyi one/kopyinnyar40@gmail.com on September 13, 2019:

what is postal code?please I want to know this word for form writing.

Rana on September 09, 2019:

Can I join now??

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on September 05, 2019:

Thank you, Sujwin for considering this webpage in announcing your contest. I will include it in this page.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on August 29, 2019:

I don't know what you mean but the contests are helpful in a number of ways e.g. sharpening your writing skills, recognition of winning a contest and winning the mentioned prizes.

caitlyn on August 25, 2019:

is this helpful?

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on July 07, 2019:

Thank you, Kasha.

Kansha on July 07, 2019:

Thanks for the list! Really helpful and informative

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on June 11, 2019:

I agree with you, Rakesh.

rakesh pattar Aikur on June 11, 2019:

essay competition is very good for students and modern youths

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

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

Tishya on June 08, 2019:

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 Kenya on June 01, 2019:

@ Any, yes you can participate in the contests. You are not required to be a professional writer to participate.

Choose the contest you want, click the link at the end of the contest you want. The link is in colour. It will take you to the contest's page where you will get more information about the contest. You can participate in many contests you want.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on June 01, 2019:

@ Manish, I'm not the one holding contests. I have only listed the contests. Read the contest you want then click a link at the end of the contest which will take you to you the contest's page where you will get more information how to participate. The link is red in colour.

Ensure you only write the names of one person. You can write together but only put the name of one person in your entry.

Anu on May 31, 2019:

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

Manish Kashyap on May 31, 2019:

I Manish Kashyap and my Girl Friend Mrigakshi Kashyap we are in a relationship since class 8 and we want to write essay together so please give us a chance now immediately.

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

At the end of each contest, I have included a link that directs you to the website's contest page. There you'll find information how to send your entry.

When you see a word in colour at the end of each contest, that is the link you need to click. It will direct you to another website where it contains more information about the contest and how to send your entry.

Tia on May 30, 2019:

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

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

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

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on May 24, 2019:

Thank you, Glory. I am glad to hear this article was helpful to you. If you ever win from any of these contests let me know. It will mean a lot to me.

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on May 24, 2019:

@Krishna, there are free entry poetry contests for people under the age of 18. As of now, I haven't come across one but keep on checking. When I come across the free poetry contests, I will post them in this contest page.

Glory Godday on May 24, 2019:

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

Krishna kant sharma on May 21, 2019:

Is there any poetry contest in written form for below 18 years of age and with free entry for Indian residents

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on May 09, 2019:

It will depend with the contest. Some allow you to publish the work you have submitted and won to other contests or online sites. If you don't win, you are free to submit the work in any contest. Do click the link I have provided under each contest to learn if you can own rights to your work or they will be reverted to the contest.

Eddy on May 07, 2019:

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

Alianess Benny Njuguna (author) from Kenya on April 28, 2019:

This article contains list of free short story and essay contests. I have included a link under each contest, which is red in colour. Click it and it will direct you to the contests page which contains more information.

Ayena bridget on April 28, 2019:

I was looking for more essay and short story writing contests that are free to enter and open internationally for all. If you can assist me please give in your links.