Free Online Writing Contests For Poets and Writers
WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR WRITING CAREER?
How are you feeling about your writing career at this stage in life? Maybe you are writing online for a site like HubPages, and you are feeling pretty good about yourself. Maybe you are even a big fish in that little pond, but you sense that there is a large world out there with millions of creative writers, many of whom are big fish in little ponds. Maybe, just maybe, it is time to venture into a little larger pond and find out just how big of a fish you are.
If this is the case, and you really feel it is time to test yourself against stiff competition, then maybe the time has come to enter some writing contests. Perhaps you have been thinking about it but as of yet you haven’t worked up the courage to do so. That is perfectly natural, but consider for a second that nobody needs to know whether you succeeded or failed. Entering a writing contest gives you a chance to branch out and possibly improve your craft. How are you ever going to know just how good you are until you have taken a few risks and put your work out there for public scrutiny?
There are many essay contests, poetry writing contests and short story writing contests available for free; there are also many available for a nominal entrance fee. The ones listed below are just a few of the many available should you decide to take your craft to the next level. Browse among them and maybe you will find one that calls your name. Who knows, this might just be the start of something big for your career.
Have you entered writing contests before?
SITES AVAILABLE WITH MULTIPLE CONTESTS LISTED
This site is a mixture of writing and poetry contests, some of which are free. Make sure you check the deadlines and submission requirements.
A compilation of individual contest sites and sites that have multiple contests listed.
One of my favorite sites. They conduct their own monthly contests, and most are centered around writing prompts that this site gives you. It is easy to navigate and is broken down into separate sections based on future months.
This is another of my go-to sites when I’m in a contest mood. This is also one of the most highly-recognized sites which means, of course, that the competition is stiff.
This site is the best that I have found. It has a huge database of contests available, and I do mean huge. If you can’t find a contest on this site then you weren’t meant to enter a contest.
This site is just for short story contests. It is sectioned according to months of due dates and is quite easy to follow and understand.
This is one of the best known and highly-regarded sites for contests. There are several categories for different genres and the prizes are often quite good.
These guys not only have their own contests but also give a comprehensive guide to other contests available. Very good resource!
Primarily this is for short stories and unpublished books, fiction and non-fiction.
This is a site for young writers. In addition to listing contests, it is also a guiding light for any young writer with articles about writing, ideas for furthering careers and other helpful tips.
Some thoughts to think about
- The Writing Workshop: The Writing Process
One writer's path to creative writing may not be the path of many others. Find your own path and believe in it.
THAT SHOULD GET YOU STARTED
All told, the sites listed above will put you in touch with literally hundreds of contests. All that remains is for you to decide to enter and then find the contest that fits you the best.
What do you have to lose? Winning a contest will not only give you a monetary reward but might also open doors for you that previously were closed or unheard of. Even if you don’t win, the experience will be invaluable as you move forward in your writing career.
Good luck to all of you!
2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)