Writing Contests

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Free writing contests for everyone. These are short story, fiction, and non-fiction writing contests that anyone can enter; whether you are a high school student or published writer. Some of these competitions may have awards or cash prizes. All contests are free to enter, and you always keep the rights to your work on WriterlyWords.com.

How to Enter Contests

  1. Register for a free WriterlyWords.com account
  2. Enter your profile information
  3. Submit a writing that matches the criteria of the contest you want to enter
  4. Return to this page and click the "Enter Contest" button for the appropriate competition
  5. Select the writing you want to enter in the contest

General Rules

  1. You may only have one WriterlyWords.com account.
  2. Only one entry allowed per contest.
  3. You must be able to accept WriterlyWords.com payments via PayPal.

Contest Winners

Closed Contests & Contest Judging Status

Active Contests

All contests are free to enter. If the minimum number of contest entries is not satisfied by the contest deadline, two weeks will be added onto the contest deadline. See also: Poetry Contests on PoetrySoup.com

Have You Considered Entering Legitimate Writing Contests?

There are a lot of people out there running writing contests that seem designed more to extract money out of their participants than to foster good writing. As a result, it is understandable for some aspiring writers to be discouraged. However, interested individuals need to remember that there are plenty of legitimate writing contests out there as well, which cover everything from the writing of essays to the writing of short stories. Better still, legitimate writing contests can offer their contestants a lot of benefits, so much so that it wouldn't make sense for interested individuals to miss out.

What Are Some of the Benefits of Entering Legitimate Writing Contests?

First and foremost, there are a lot of legitimate writing contests that come with cash prizes. Naturally, cash is desirable for most people out there, seeing as how it can be turned to a wide range of purposes with maximum convenience.

Second, winning a legitimate writing contest can bring writers a fair amount of recognition. This is important because more recognition means more readers, meaning that a big win can mean a big boost to their profile. Something that will be critical if they want to eventually become either a published author or some other kind of professional creative figure.

Third, competition is a benefit in its own right. In part, this is because competition can spur people to do something that they might hold off on under other circumstances, which is particularly important for people who have a lot of other obligations that eat up their writing time. However, it should also be noted that competition can spur people on to do their best, thus bringing them to new heights. As a result, even if someone doesn't win, they can expect their writing skills to become that much better in exchange for their exertion.

Further Considerations

Of course, interested individuals should make sure to enter legitimate writing contests and nothing but legitimate writing contests. There are a lot of people out there who come up with all sorts of schemes to extract money out of all kinds of people, with aspiring writers being no exception to this rule. To prevent themselves from being fooled, interested individuals should combine some simple rules such as skipping writing contests that they can't enter unless they pay with a thorough review of the thoughts of other aspiring writers who have participated in the past. This way, they should be able to reap the benefits of participating in legitimate writing contests without ever being pulled into something dubious in the process.

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