Amazing Writing Contests to Enter in 2020

Sometimes a little competition is what you need to get back in the writing game. What better way to do that than to enter writing contests and see how well you’ll do?

2020 writing contest

As writers, we’re often plagued with a whole lot of self-doubt which can have a negative effect on our mental health and our writing. Add to that, the fact that we are prone to losing traction when we don’t have a specific deadline in sight. What’s great about writing contests is that they give you a chance to ignite your creativity and get back into the swing of writing.

On that note, we’ve compiled a list of writing contests to help get you started!

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poem has to have a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. It shouldn’t rhyme. But the poem must address a loved one.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Jan 23, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction: 5,000 words/ Poems: 1-5 poems.

Entry Fee

$5

Deadline

Jan 24, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

This contest is for doctors, with a 700 word limit. The theme of this writing competition is ‘Sorry’.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 25, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Art: 15 works/ Fiction or Literary nonfiction: 30 pages/ Poetry: 6 poems, or 10 pages/ Reviews: 2 works/ Digital Media: up to 5 digital works.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 26, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submission must not exceed 3,000 words for short fiction, and 42 lines for poetry.

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Jan 27, 2020

Prize

Fiction: £200; Poetry: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must be of the first chapter of a novel for up to 3,500 words.

Entry Fee

£10

Deadline

Jan 27, 2020

Prize

Submission Review and Feedback

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9

Deadline

Jan 30, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Entrant should have a 2-year writing history with up to 3 writing examples, a max of 3,000 words total and a statement of demonstrable need.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 30, 2020

Prize

Support, Mentoring and Career Development Worth £1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions should be of nspirational true stories of up to 1,200 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 30, 2020

Prize

$200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Poems must be unpublished in all formats including personal websites and blogs. They must not exceed 60 lines.

Entry Fee

$6

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Plays should last for around 30-40 minutes for a max of 5 performers.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

Grand Prize: £250; Successful Playwrights: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poems must not exceed 36 lines.

Entry Fee

£4.50

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 4000 words.

Entry Fee

€17

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: €1,000; 2nd: €300 and residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; 3rd: €200

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction: 2,000 words/ Poetry: 50 lines.

Entry Fee

€10

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

€500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must not have been published before. Work must be no longer than 40 lines.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to 6 central characters and a 400 word synopsis.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

£2,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Entries must not have been written before 1999.

Entry Fee

$11

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction and creative non-fiction: 3,500 words / Poetry: up to 5 poems.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$50- $150 CAD

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Fiction: 5,000 words / Poetry: single poems or multi-poem cycles. Stories must be set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a piece of creative work up to 15,000 words and a 200 word entry statement.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

£7,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Word Limit should be from around 5,000-10,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $4,000; 2nd: $2,000; Runner Ups: $800

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions should be in English.

Entry Fee

$50

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit 10 pages of poetry from a full collection/pamphlet manuscript.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jan 31, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a short story of no more than 8,000 words, that shows the near future (no more than about 50-60 years out) of manned space exploration.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2020.

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 2,500 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2020.

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Can’t be associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Susanna Kaysen. Only submit previously unpublished prose ranging from 1,000 – 5,000 words.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Feb 1, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Writers from 9-16 years of age. Submission must be up to 2500 words (about 10 double-spaced pages).

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 1, 2020

Prize

1st: $50; 2nd: $25; 3rd: $15

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone who can write a Tanka poem. It contains five unrhymed lines of five, seven, five, seven, and seven syllables.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 2, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 3, 2020.

Prize

1st: $3000; 2nd: $1700; 3rd: $1000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to all writers worldwide. Submissions must be in English. No poetry, plays, reviews, and scholarly essays. Entries must be unpublished, and a maximum of 2000 words in length.

Entry Fee

$30

Deadline

Feb 3, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 (CAD); Runner Ups: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone 15 syllables total. Write a poem with exactly 15 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose and choose the word count. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 15 syllables total.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 10, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit an unpublished booklength collection of poetry of 75 to 100 pages.

Entry Fee

$22

Deadline

Feb 15, 2020

Prize

$1000 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open to any short fiction writer of English. Employees and board members of Sarabande Books, Inc. are not eligible. Submissions may include a collection of short stories, one or more novellas, or a short novel. Works that have previously appeared in magazines or in anthologies may be included.

Entry Fee

$28

Deadline

Feb 15, 2020

Prize

$2,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must not have been published before. Work must be in English, double-spaced, and no longer than 8,000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Feb 17, 2020

Prize

Grand Prize: $3,500; Finalists: $750

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 21, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Titles over 100,000 words will be charged an additional $25 fee

Entry Fee

$149

Deadline

Feb 28, 2020

Prize

Consideration by an NYC-based literary agency

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Enter a story but use only 100 words.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Feb 28, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used).

Entry Fee

£7- £20

Deadline

Feb 28, 2020

Prize

1st: £500; 2nd: £200; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit stories between 180 and 360 words.

Entry Fee

£7

Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 3,000 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Prize

1st: £400; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £200

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open internationally to new and established writers aged 18 years or over. There are no restrictions on setting, genre or theme. The entries must not exceed 3500 words.

Entry Fee

300-500 RS

Deadline

Feb 29, 2020

Prize

Rs. 25,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit an essay between 1,500 and 2,500 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 1, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $300; Honorable Mentions: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Mar 15, 2020

Prize

$1,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Mar 19, 2020

Prize

$1,000 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Mar 25, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit stories related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

Publication in Moment Magazine

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

1st: 50,000 Rs; 2nd: 20,000 Rs; 3rd 10,000 Rs

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 300 words.

Entry Fee

€14

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

1st prize: €1,000; 2nd: Residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat; 3rd: €200

Eligibility & Restrictions

First-generation immigrants can enter. Submissions should be unpublished and of 25,000 words for non-fiction, and 45,000 words for fcition.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Mar 31, 2020

Prize

$10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

There are no restrictions on content or form, however, poems should be previously unpublished. No submissions from people associated the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Susanna Kaysen.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

May 1, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Each entry must be an original, unpublished poem of 40 lines or fewer. The language of the competition is English.

Entry Fee

$17 – $25

Deadline

May 15, 2020

Prize

$20,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open for U.S. citizens, residents of the United States for the ten-year period prior to the submission deadline, or those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status. Submissions should be from 48 to 100 pages.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 15, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

All women writers, age 40 or older.

Entry Fee

$45

Deadline

June, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 and Residency; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

All women writers, age 40 or older.

Entry Fee

$45

Deadline

July, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 and Residency; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $150

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction.

Entry Fee

$10

Deadline

Dec 28, 2020

Prize

1st: $500; 2nd: $250; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. They require a single story of 2,000 to 5,000 words

Entry Fee

TBA

Deadline

TBA

Prize

$12,500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Adults from 20 to 35 can enter. Only unpublished work should be submitted.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

TBA

Prize

$10,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 4000 words.

Entry Fee

£9

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £1,000; 2nd: £500; 3rd: £250; Shortlisted: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The entries must not exceed 5000 words.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Nov 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poetry: 40 lines/ Fiction: 2,000 words.

Entry Fee

Poetry: £12; Short Fiction: £18

Deadline

Aug 31, 2020

Prize

£1,000, and Publictation

Eligibility & Restrictions

Open for U.S. citizen U.S. military veterans and active duty personnel. Current students, faculty, or staff of the University of Iowa are not eligible to enter the contest. Work can’t be slated for publication before April 2019, whether in another magazine or as part of a book, or if it has been named winner or runner-up in any other contest.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 31, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000 and Publication; 2nd: $750; 3rd: $500

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submit published or unpublished work.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Apr 1, 2020

Prize

1st: $1,000; 2nd: $250; Honorable Mentions: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 12, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Sumbit work between 48 – 52 words.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 20, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

Apr 24, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Manuscripts should be between 48 to 84 pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

Grand Prize: $1000; Finalist: $250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Poets should have less than two books published.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

No restriction on the age of the author. Authors from all countries are eligible except Syria, Iran, North Korea, and Crimea (due to US government restrictions). Submit one humor poem, up to 250 lines.

Entry Fee

$2

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

1st: $2000; 2nd: $250; Honorable Mentions: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The poem should follows a specific rhyme scheme (aa,bb).

Entry Fee

$9.95

Deadline

May 6, 2020

Prize

$100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Jun 1, 2020

Prize

1st: $200; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $75

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 1, 2020

Prize

$250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Any new or emerging writers in narrative fiction can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 15, 2020

Prize

$4,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted.

Entry Fee

$15

Deadline

Sep 22, 2020

Prize

$1,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Stories must be unpublished, may not exceed 8,000 words, and must be around this year’s topic of Place & Locality.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Oct 12, 2020

Prize

$750

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages and previously unpublished.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Sep 30, 2020

Prize

Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

The contest is open to authors of African American heritage who are residents of Minnesota and at the time of entry are at least 18 years of age and residing in Minnesota.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 22, 2020

Prize

1st: $1000; 2nd: $500; 3rd: $250

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

May 31, 2020

Prize

$300

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must not have been published before.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

$15,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 15,000 words.

Entry Fee

£12

Deadline

May 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £1000; 2nd: £250; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Work must be printed out with no fewer than 48 and no more than 100 typescript pages.

Entry Fee

$25

Deadline

Apr 30, 2020

Prize

$5,000

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Jun 30, 2020

Prize

1st: $350; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 2,200 words on any theme or subject.

Entry Fee

£8

Deadline

Apr 20, 2020

Prize

1st: £1200; 2nd: £300; 3rd: £100

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

April 30, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Jul 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. The competition is open to any theme or genre, but the story must be a maximum of 1,500 words.

Entry Fee

£5

Deadline

Oct 31, 2020

Prize

1st: £150; 2nd: £75; 3rd: £30

Eligibility & Restrictions

Anyone can enter. Submissions must not exceed 7,000 words.

Entry Fee

$20

Deadline

Dec 20, 2020

Prize

$2,000 and Publication

Eligibility & Restrictions

No plays, screenplays, works in progress, manuscripts, print-on-demand, ebooks or self-published works. Submit a manuscript in any genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) of up to 20 pages. Prose submissions must be double-spaced. Work must be previously unpublished.

Entry Fee

Free

Deadline

Dec 31, 2020

Prize

$10,000

 

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