2019 Free International Writing & Non-Writing Entry Contests

Updated on May 1, 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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May Deadline

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

Details here.

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

Details here.

3. My Writing Journey Contest 2019

Theme: The best writing tip I've ever received.

Prize: $200 (£100) to the overall winner and publication.

Deadline: 31 May, 2019

Send your story to: nichola@nzwriterscollege.co.nz

Details here.

4. Bacopa Literary Review

They accept submission of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, Haiku and mixed genre.

Word length: Fiction (250-5,000), Creative Nonfiction (2,500), Poetry (1-3), Mixed Genre (750)

Deadline: May 17, 2019

Prizes: $300 and Honorable Mention

Details here

5. Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

There are entrants’ categories:

Category 1: 16-21 years

Prize: £1,000

Word length: 1,500-5,000 words

Category 2: 12-15 years

Prize: £100 plus £150 in book tokens for their school, library or charity of their choice

Word length: 1,500-5,000 words

Category 3: 11 years and below

Prize: Same as Category 2

Word length: 500 words

Deadline: May 31, 2019

For more information click here

6. 2019 Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize

Theme: None

Prize: £100 to the winner and publication of their story at onlinewritingtips.com

2nd place: £50 and 3rd place: £25

Word count: 1,000-4,000 words

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Details here

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

June Deadline

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."

Details here.

2. Spring 2019 Writing Contest

Theme: Fury

“Interpret that theme however strictly or loosely you’d like. Is there a subject that fills you with rage? A short story filled with fiery passion? A Nick Fury fanfic you’ve been slaving away on? We want to see the best of your best.”

They accept all genre of writing.

You can submit up to five pieces.

Word length: 5,000 words

If you want to send multiple entries, send each separately.

Prize: $50 to one winner.

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Details here

3. 2019 Young Writers Contest

Theme: Peace

“Writing for peace challenges young writers (13-19) to expand their empathy skills by researching an unfamiliar culture and writing from their point-of-view of a character within the new world, while exploring social, political, and environmental pressures, and universal themes.

Categories: Poetry, fiction and non-fiction

“All submissions (even fiction) should be about a real country or culture, although it could be a country that no longer exists.

Fiction: 800-1,000 words

Poetry: Submit a poem in the voice of a character from another country or culture.

Nonfiction: 800-1,000 words

Awards: 1st prize: $50, 2nd prize: $25 and 3rd prize: $10

Winners will be published in the August 1st, 2019 online journal DoveTales, an International Journal of the Arts.

Deadline: June 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

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

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    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      10 hours 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      10 hours 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 

      13 hours ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 weeks 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 weeks ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      3 weeks ago from Kenya

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

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      Placide 

      4 weeks ago

      Thanks

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 weeks 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 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 

      2 months ago

      there are so many contest but not a story writing contest

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      asiya majid 

      2 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 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 

      2 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      2 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 

      2 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      3 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 

      3 months ago

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

      Can i?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 months ago from Kenya

      Hi Kautham. I am working on January 2019 contests

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      Kautham 

      5 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      5 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 

      5 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      6 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 

      6 months ago

      please motivate writers by providing good prizes and good payments.

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      Hussein Sabbaghi 

      6 months ago

      Isn't any free entry fee?

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      7 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 

      7 months ago

      Thank you for publishing this list of contests.

      Writing contests encourage writers to push boundaries.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

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

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      9 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 

      9 months ago

      I really want to participate in the competition

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      9 months ago from Kenya

      Thanks for your feedback. I will consider it

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      欢 

      9 months ago

      Go Shortcuts!

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      10 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 

      10 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 !

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      10 months ago from Kenya

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

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      Hipster24 

      10 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

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      10 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 

      10 months ago

      I want to participate in this competition

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      11 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Augustin for stopping by.

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      Augustin Kinguse 

      11 months ago

      Thanks for this great information

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      11 months ago from Kenya

      Thanks Vivek for the feedback.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 months ago

      Its really amazing post.

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      Vivek Ydv 

      11 months ago

      Thank you so much for this posting.

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      11 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 

      11 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..

    • Ben716 profile imageAUTHOR

      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      12 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 

      12 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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      13 months ago

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      This is the link to the full contest details:

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

      Thanks

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      14 months ago

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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 

      20 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Dora Isaac Weithers for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 

      20 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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