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2020/21 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.

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.

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Writing is My Hobby

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.

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Woman Reading Book Near Cat

November Deadline

1. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Length: 2,000-5,000 words

Eligibility: Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country or stateless persons currently residing in a Commonwealth country.

Pertaining to the eligibility, the organizer of the competition, Commonwealth Foundation, states, "There is no requirement for the writer to have current residence in a Commonwealth country, providing that they are a citizen of a Commonwealth country."

They also accept translated works including stories written in the original Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish.

"The prize covers the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa 2. Asia 3. Canada and Europe 4. Carribean 5. Pacific

Prizes: "There will be five winners, one from each region. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money."

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Details here.

2. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2021

The contest is "aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa."

Restricted to poets born in Africa, nationals of an African country or whose parents are African.

Prize: £3,000

Deadline: November 30, 2020

Details here.

3. 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge

They're are inviting submission of a flash fiction that envisions "how our societies might evolve in the months and years beyond COVID-19."

They state, "In your flash fiction piece, give us a snapshot into a post-pandemic world in which a shift towards positive systems change has occurred and a new paradigm is established or unfolding."

Length: 1,000-1,250 words

Prizes:

1st prize winner - EUR 300

2 runners up - EUR 100

The winning entries will be published in the organizer's website with their consent.

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Details here.

December Deadline

1. Short Story Competition

Theme: Language Evolution

They state, "We want to encourage writers to be inspired by the field of language evolution. This might include engaging with our questions, imagining situations in the past or the future, speculating on how language might have evolved in a different species, or thinking about the consequences of our methods and practice."

Prizes:

1st winner - £400, and the story published in the New Welsh Review.

The 2nd and 3rd winning stories will be considered for publication in the New Welsh Review.

Length: 2,500 words

Deadline: December 1, 2020

Details here.

2. The Penflashed Wad Monthly Competition

Topic: The Spirit of a Writer.

Type of writing: Article

Length: 250-350 words

Deadline: December 31, 2020

Details here.

3. Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest

The contest is open to U.S. students in grades K-12. It has three categories of entrants: K-4, 5-8 and 9-12.

The aim of the contest is to challenge "participants to imagine leading a one-week expendition to the Moon's South Pole."

Challenge: Imagine leading a one-week expendition on the moon and write an essay that tells NASA all about it.

Length:

K-4 - 100 words

5-8 - 200 words

9-12 - 300 words

Benefits:

"Every student who submits an essay will receive an official certificate and be invited to NASA virtual event featuring an astronaut. Semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Nine finalists will have an opportunity to travel with a parent to NASA's Johnson Space Center next summer to learn about lunar expendition. The national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis flight test, watching the most-powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida."

Deadline: December 17, 2021

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.

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Cat on Laptop

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.

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: 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: 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 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: Do fanfiction writing contests exist?

Answer: They do exist. Sadly, they are not common among contests. However, when a contest invites people to submit their contests and they don't request certain genres to be submitted, you can submit this genre. Many shirt contests don't specify which genre to submit.

Question: Can I write a story based on the future?

Answer: Yes, you can. Stories can be written in the past, current or future unless the contest asks you to write in a certain time. For instance, there is the contest requesting that the stories should be written in the future involving the words: garden, city, wild.

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: 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: 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: Are there any essay competitions that have scholarship prizes attatched to them especially for African secondary students?

Answer: There are scholarship competitions for secondary school students both on Africa and in other countries.

I will update the list with scholarship contests once I come across such contests.

Question: Is there a mailing list for any of these free international writing and non-writing entry contests?

Answer: In some contests, yes but not many of them. When you click the link to the contests it will be indicated in that website contest's page whether there is.

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

Answer: Yes, all of these contests are online.

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 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 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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: Can I submit my poems which include any theme to an international writing contest?

Answer: If the poetry contest has no theme or they've not indicated what you should write about, you can submit your own poems on any theme.

Question: What is the address of the 2020 Montreal Poetry Prize and its criteria?

Answer: Apologies for replying late. The contest is not free. The entry fee is 20 CAD. There is late entry after 2 June. If you submit your entry later than the date, you'll pay CAD 25 instead of 20. The poem should have fewer than 40 lines.

Submission is online. Once you access the site, you'll see a menu. Click on it then you'll see on the dropdown menu, poem. Click it. It will direct you to create an account if you don't have one. After creating an account, you'll be able to submit.

Question: Are there writing competitions for 13 year olds?

Answer: Yes, there at writing contests for children from the age of 13 and onward.

Question: I am from India. Can I participate in 'The Foley Poetry Contest ' as well as in the 11th Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest?'

Answer: Yes, you can participate in both poetry contests.

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.

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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

CaseyPeta on July 21, 2020:

✍️ Hi writers!

Announcing Bardsy's latest short story contest:

• This time, we'll explore a genre many of us enjoy on a nightly basis: dreams. As always, interpret the theme any way you wish.

• The winner will be awarded $345 and a six-month placement in Bardsy's Elite Writers' Program, which features live online workshops and one-on-one coaching.

• FREE to enter. US only. Click here for official rules and to submit your entry: https://www.bardsy.com/outreach/current_rules

We look forward to reading your stories!

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.

CaseyPeta on March 24, 2020:

Hello! LiteraTea is also hosting two new (free!) writing contests:

1) LiteraTea Emerging Writers’ Short Story Contest

Link: www.LiteraTea.com

Prize: Grand Prize is $345 and a free six-month membership in LiteraTea’s Advanced Writers’ Program. All qualified entrants will receive professional feedback on their stories and a free provisional membership to LiteraTea.

Entry Period: For this special contest, LiteraTea employs a rolling reading period. Once sufficient qualified entries, around 100, are received, finalists will be selected and announced. A community reading period follows this announcement, prior to judging. Then, the contest will reset.

Word Count: 1200-3000 words.

2) LiteraTea Spring Short Story Contest

Link: https://literatea.com/outreach/current_rules

Prize: Grand Prize is $345 and a free six-month placement in our Advanced Writers’ Program.

Entry Period: The entry period is now open and runs through 5/7/2020.

Word Count: 1200-3000 words.

Theme: Write a short story about COMMUNITY - however you see it. For example, you could write about a colony - whether it be ant or nudist! Just put your all into it.

U.S. residents only please.

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 Greenwood, In 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??