Are you ready to enter some writing contests and create time for creative writing?
Maybe just one? Yes?
It’s not difficult to find short story and poetry contests (a quick Google brings up more than four million results!), but hashing through them all and finding the right ones for you can be the tricky part.
Because we don’t always have that kind of time (ahem), regularly checking certain websites and signing up for newsletters or other e-mail updates might be the best options.
To get you started, I’ve created the following list of 10 websites that can help you find writing contests for short stories and poetry. Some of these sites post contests, and others hold their own contests. A few of them even provide information about current screenwriting contests and journalism competitions.
Keep in mind these contests cover a wide variety of genres and publications. If you don’t immediately find one that interests you, keep looking.
- Writer’s Digest: Competitions
- Gotham Writers’ Workshop: Contests
- Freelance Writing: Writing Contests
- Poets & Writers: Creative Writing Contests & Competitions
- About.com: Freelance Writing
- About.com: Fiction Writing
- WritersWeekly: Quarterly 24-Hour Short Story Contest
- firstwriter Poetry/Fiction Contests
- Freelance Writing Jobs: Writing Contests
- Winning Writers (Free newsletter or paid access to a database of poetry contests.)
REMEMBER: Always be cautious and do a little research before entering a writing contest – especially one that charges an entry fee. Entry fees aren’t bad things, necessarily, but you don’t want to lose money just as you don’t want to have your writing ripped off by a scam contest. For tips on weeding out the scam contests, check out Moira Allen’s Writing Contests: When Winners Are Losers. Be sure to scroll down for her list of scam-busting sites, too.