Writing Contests

Creative Writing Contests & Competitions

Increase Your Chances Of Winning...

Winning writing contests can provide several advantages to writers. For starters it’s a great way to get your name in print and in front of potential readers. It can also provide professional credits for your writing portfolio, and prize rewards to augment your income.

Just participating can get new writers into a writing regiment, grow confidence, and provide practice, practice, practice.

Whatever your reason for entering a writing contest just be realistic about your expectations. The odds of winning are not terrific, but there are certainly plenty of things you can do to improve those odds, and stack them in your favor...


Contest Listing

Caution: The listing of contests by eBook Crossroads is not an endorsement of the contests or sites on which they are shown.They are posted for information only, so please use your own discretion.

Gigglegig Funny Story Contest
A Gigglegig story is a funny story about a real life event that is true. Stories must be non-fiction, ranging from 300-1,500 words if possible.
Deadline: Monthly
Prizes: $500.00
Entry Fee: $0.00

Good Read Fiction Book Contest
AWW Fiction Book Competition is an annual contest. Entries should be a minumum of 60,000 words.
Deadline: November 30, annually
Prizes: One prize of $500
Entry Fee: $40

Glimmer Train Fiction Open
Open to all writers, all themes. We don't publish stories for children, and we don't publish works longer than 20,000 words
Deadline: End of each quarter
Prizes: $2500.00 First place, $1,000.00 second place and $600.00 third place
Entry Fee: $19

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded annually to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on the basis of achievement and exceptional promise. Residents of the United States and Canada are eligible.
Deadline: September 19, 2014
Prizes: approximately $50,000
Entry Fee: $0

Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize
Annual contest for a poetry collection by a U.S. poet. The winner is also invited to read at the University of Central Missouri. Submission consists of a manuscript of at least 48 pages.
Deadline: November 15, 2014
Prizes: $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press
Entry Fee: $25

Mighty River Short Story Contest
We're searching for the best short story of any theme. Work must not be previously published Maximum of 30 double-spaced pages,
Deadline: October 1, 2014
Prizes: $1000.00
Entry Fee: $15.00

NOS Book Contest
Eligible submissions include: poetry, novellas, innovative novels, anti-novels, short story collections, lyric essays, hybrids, and all forms not otherwise specified.
Deadline: September 15, 2014
Prizes: $1,000
Entry Fee: $25

Saturday's Child Press
Contest held twice annually for a short story by a woman or a translation into English of a short story by a woman.
Deadline: September 15, 2014
Prizes: $1,000 and publication in Saturday's Child Magazine
Entry Fee: $15

SWW International Bi-Monthly Contest
Open to all writers. Check for topic and deadline date. Original, unpublished works only.
Deadline: Bi-Monthly (check dates)
Prizes: $150 1st Prize; $50 2nd Prize; $25 3rd Prize + certificates.
Entry Fee: $10

Writers of the Future Contest
Quarterly contests for writers of new short stories or novelettes of Science Fiction or Fantasy.
Deadline: Ongoing
Prizes: $1000 first prize, $750 second prize and $500 third prize, plus an annual Grand Prize of $5000.
Entry Fee: None

10 Warning Signs that a Writing Contest Is A Loser

Most writers consider entering writing contests at some point in their career. Writing contests can provide many perks: Having your work published, receiving monetary rewards, getting those all important credits for your writing resume, the thrill of winning and more can be at hand...

You can find hundreds of writing contests online. Most are legitimate, some are even prestigious, but many may be fake. So how do you decide which contests to enter and which to avoid?

Following are some tips to assist you in evaluating the legitimacy of contests you may be thinking of entering.


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