6 Free Writing Contests

Enter one of 6 Free Writing Contests and win big this week on The Write Styles!

#1 Rhyme On! Adult Poetry Free Writing Contest.

First Prize:  $200

Deadline: 15 April 2016

We’re celebrating National Poetry Month this April with our third annual contest! You can submit your poem for the 2016 contest from March 1 to April 15. Make sure you read the submission requirements before you get to Read More.

#2 Blue Mountain Arts Contest.

Deadline: 30 June 2016
First Prize: $300

Take part in the Twenty-eighth Biannual Poetry Card Contest. All entries must be the original creation of the submitting author. All rights to the entries must be owned by the author and shall remain the property of the author. The author gives permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to publish and display the entry on the Web (in electronic form only) if the entry is selected as a winner or finalist. Read More
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#3 Hemingway Shorts

Deadline 15 June 2016.
First Prize: $500
The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park announces a new and exciting venture which seeks to promote new creative writing,  especially designed to capture new voices engaged in the creative writing process, in fiction. The series called HEMINGWAY SHORTS seeks to use impetus from the famous author toward sparking energized new interest in the writing craft, and, most importantly, to open the process to entirely new writers, especially those who have never thought they might write publishable pieces of work. Read More.

#4 ABA Journal/Ross Free Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction. (USA)

Deadline 31 May 2016
First Prize: $3000

The ABA Journal will accept entries for the 2016 ABA Journal/Ross Writing Contest for Legal Short Fiction (“The Contest”) from January 1, 2016 through May 31, 2016. Original entries of fiction of no more than 5,000 words that illuminate the role of the law and/or lawyers in modern society. The winner will receive a prize of $3,000.  Read More.

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#5 Penguin Random House – Daily UK New Novelist. (UK)

Deadline: 30 October 2016

Prize: £20,000

Before sending in your entry please read all the rules. In particular, please be aware of the closing date of 17.30pm on 16 April 2016, of no longer than 5000 word opening and a 600 word synopsis of the rest of the book. The winner, when chosen, must complete their manuscript by 30 October, 2016. Read More.

#6 Nick Darke Writers’ Award 2016 (Worldwide)

Deadline: 30 May 2016

Prize: £6,000

Established in 2006 to celebrate the best writing for stage, screen and radio, the Nick Darke Writers’ Award, funded by Falmouth University’s Academy of Music and Theatre Arts, and the School of Writing & Journalism. The Award commemorates the playwright Nick Darke and was conceived following his death by his wife, the artist and filmmaker Jane Darke, with the support of his family. Nick Darke wrote in many forms but earned his living in the world of theatre, screen and radio. Read More 

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