Online Essay Contests 2015

Essay Contests & Non-Fiction Writing Competitions

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Last updated 1st March 2018

Below are tables listing various essay contests and other non-fiction writing competitions, prizes and awards. Some are academic, some offer scholarships and others are just for fun.

If you run an essay competition or non-fiction writing contest and would like me to add it to the lists below, please contact me providing the following information in the body of an email:

  • How often you will be running the contest (eg, annually, quarterly, one-off)
  • The name of your competition
  • A link to your website
  • The country you run the competition from
  • Closing date
  • The date you announce winners
  • Maximum word count for essays
  • Entry fee
  • Top prize
  • Any other details, including how winning writers' essays might be published and any guidelines on theme / style of essays you accept

I do my best to keep this page up-to-date, but if you spot any errors, incorrect information or links that no longer work, please get in touch and let me know - I try and fix any problems quickly :-)

Note On Affiliate Websites Offering Scholarships

Some of the contests listed on this page are run by essay writing service providers. While I'm not totally convinced that these services are entirely ethical (some of them essentially allow students to cheat, by paying someone else to write their essay/thesis), they are still listed here as they do offer large cash prizes, so can be of benefit to writers.

I have revised this page, placing all the essay writing service competitions in one list with a caveat at the top regarding the business niche.

Note On Affiliate Websites Offering Scholarships

In 2017 I started to receive a lot of requests for listings by affiliate websites that have little or nothing to do with writing. They often offer scholarships with decent cash prizes. However, my audience are writers, so I want to keep this page on topic and relevant to them.

Therefore I am no longer accepting listing requests from websites that are not about writing. I've also moved any listings I did have for off-topic websites into the History of Closed Contests list, with a note saying: REMOVED because website has nothing to do with writing.

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Regular Essay Contests

This table lists non-fiction competitions that are run regularly; weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annually etc.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
Michael Terence Publishing (MTP) Competition UKVariesVaries3,000£5£300
Notes on MTP Competition: Any style or subject but entrants must be new writers who have never had a full length work published - winners published in printed anthology - also accept short stories (fiction)
New Millennium Essay Award USABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually6,000$20$1,000

Notes on New Millennium Awards: Any style or subject - entry fee includes a copy of the anthology

YeahWrite Super ChallengeUSABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually1,000$25See notes
Notes on YeahWrite Challenge: Any style, but check website for current theme and writing prompts - prize varies (previously it's been $85 to $120) - every writer receives feedback on their submission - YeahWrite also run free weekly challenges for both fiction and creative non-fiction (word limit: 750) as well as a monthly microprose challenge (under 100)

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Prestigious / Large Prize Essay Contests

This table contains details of renowned contests, often offering large amounts of prize money. Any prize awarded in excess of £1,000 ($, € or other currency) is listed here.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay PrizeUKJanuary?3,500FREE£1,000
Notes on Bodley Head/FT Prize: Any style or subject - entrants must be between 18 and 35 years old - you can find more information on the FT website - doesn't seem to have run since 2016, but leaving listing live in case it resurfaces in 2018
Hourglass Literary Magazine Best Essay Award BosniaAprilSeptember9,000$15$1,000

Notes on Hourglass Contest: No theme, or genre limitations - winners published in Hourglass Literary Magazine

Nerdy Bot Scholarship Essay CompetitionUSAFebruaryMarch500FREE$1,000
Notes on Nerdy Bot Competition: Any style or subject but check website for current topic
New Millennium Essay Award USABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually6,000$20$1,000

Notes on New Millennium Awards: See notes in regular awards list above

Prism International Creative Non-Fiction Contest CanadaVariesVaries6,000See notes C$1,500

Notes on Prism International Contest: Any style or subject - all contest entrants receive a 1 year subscription to Prism International - winners published in the Prism International magazine - second prize C$600 and C$400 third prize - entry is C$35 if you live in Canada, C$40 if you live in the US and C$45 if you live anywhere else in the world

Ruminate Magazine's Nonfiction Contest USANovemberJanuary5,500$20$1,500
Notes on Ruminate's Contest: Any style or subject - entry fee includes a complimentary copy of Ruminate Magazine - winner published in Ruminate Magazine
SiW Internet Marketing ScholarshipUSADecemberJanuary1,200FREE$1,000
Notes on SiW's Scholarship: Any style but themed around internet marketing - winners published on the SiW website
The Notting Hill Editions Biennial Essay Prize UKVariesVaries8,000£20£20,000

Notes on Notting Hill Prize: Any subject in classic essay format - 2,000 to 8,000 words - 5 runner up prizes of £1,000 - winners published in anthology - entry fee includes copy of previous anthology

The Spectator John Murray PrizeUKMayOctober4,000FREE£20,000
Notes on The Spectator Prize: Any style or subject bu themed, so check website for full details - for previously unpublished authors only - prize is a £20,000 book deal with John Murray - winning essay published in The Spectator and anniversary anthology
Wonder Institute Essay Contest USANovemberDecember1,500$20$1,000

Notes on Wonder Institute Contest: Any style or subject but see website for current topic - winner published on the Wonder Institute website

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Annual Essay Competitions

This table lists contests that are run on a yearly basis.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
Blue Mesa Review Non-Fiction Writing Contest USAAugustOctober6,000$12$500
Notes on Blue Mesa Review Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in the Blue Mesa Review
Iceland Writers Retreat Writing Contest IcelandNovemberDecember500FREESee notes
Notes on Iceland Writers Retreat Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current theme - top prize is a place at the Iceland Writers Retreat, including accommodation - also accept poetry and short stories
Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society - William Wisdom Creative Writing CompetitionUSAMaySeptember2,500 $25 Varies
Notes on Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Competition: Any style or subject - winners might be published - prizes in the past have been up to $1,500
San Francisco Writers' Conference Writing ContestUSAJanuaryFebruary1,500$35$250
Notes on SF Competition: Any style, subject or theme - in addition to cash prize, winner receives conference with an agent - they also accept short stories - winners published on website
The Royal Commonwealth Society 'Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition'UKMaySeptemberSee notes FREESee notes

Notes on Royal Commonwealth Society Competition: check website for current topics - 2 age groups; under 14s (max 750 words) and 14 to 18 year olds (max 1,500 words) - prizes vary, but in past prizes have included certificates, resources for schools, visits to London and activities /work experience at international organisations winners published in worldwide media

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Memoir Competitions

This table lists contests that are run on a yearly basis.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize

Field of Words Memoir Competition

AustraliaVariesVaries2,000$20$400
Notes on Field of Words Competition: Any style or theme - winners published on website
Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition IrelandJanuaryApril4,000€17€1,000

Notes on Fish Publishing Competition: Any style or theme - winners published in anthology

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One-Off Non-Fiction Writing Competitions

This table lists details of one-off essay and non-fiction competitions.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
ACW Journalism Competition UK 31st August 2018 30th September 2018 1,000£3£25
Notes on ACW Competition: Any style but themed around news stories, so check website for full details - prizes paid as book tokens - winning entry published in Christian Writer (ACW magazine, distributed to 800 members) - entry is free for ACW members
AussieWritings Scholarship Australia 15th May 2018 31st May 2018 1,000FREE$1,000
Notes on AussieWritings Scholarship: Any style or theme, but check website for list of topics

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Essay Writing Service Providers Scholarship List

As mentioned at the top of the page, there are an increasing amount of scholarships, contests, prizes and awards being offered by essay writing service providers.

I'm not convinced that these types of business are entirely ethical as they can offer students a way of cheating, by undertaking their work for them. However, they do offer some generous scholarships and the opportunity to see their work published. That can help writers along their career path.

They can also offer a good service to some customers - EG, if English isn't your first language, or if you want website content written. So, it depends on the focus of each business and how they conduct themselves.

Due to my reservations about this business niche, essay writing service providers that offer a non-fiction writing opportunity are listed separately here. Please make your own mind up about the niche and each business listed before you submit.

Sometimes, contests by essay service providers are listed in the one-off competitions list above.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
123Writings Scholarship Writing Contest USAAugustSeptember1,000FREE$2,500
Notes on 123Writings Contest: Any style, subject or theme, but see website for current list of topics - winners published on website
Assignment Essay Help Benjamin Bloom Scholarship ProgramUSADecemberFebruary2,500FREE$2,500
Notes on Assignment Essay Help Scholarship: Any style or subject - entrants must currently be a student of a college or university
Australian Help Writing ContestAustraliaVariesVaries1,200FREE$700
Notes on Australian Help Contest: Any style or subject but check website for current list of topics - winners published on website
Confident Writers Scholarship Essay Writing ContestUKBi-AnnuallyBi-Annually700FREE$700
Notes on Confident Writers Scholarship: Any style or subject but check website for current topics
EssayPro Writing ContestUSAVariesVariesVariesFREEVaries

Notes on EssayPro Contest: Any style or subject, but you need to chose from a list of topics so check the link for current details - winners published on the EssayPro website - usually offers a $1,000 prize pool

Essay Service Writer’s Encouragement ScholarshipUSABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually1,200 FREE$500

Notes on Essay Service Scholarship: Check website for current topic and other rules regarding citations and style

Essay Writing Expert Essay Writers ContestUKNovemberNovember1,000FREE$500
Notes on Essay Writing Expert Contest: Any style but check website for current list of topics
Expert Assignment Help Student Essay Writing CompetitionAustraliaDecemberDecember1,000FREE$450
Notes on Expert Assignment Help Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in on EAH blog
Expert Assignment Help Global Goals Scholarship ProgramAustraliaDecemberJanuary3,000FREE$2,500
Notes on Expert Assignment Scholarship: Any style or subject but themed around Global Goals, so check website for full details
Lifesaver Essays Essay Writing Contest USAVariesVaries1,300FREEVaries
Notes on Lifesaver Essays Contest: Any style but see website for list of current topics - competition will be run up to 4 times a year - winners published on the Lifesaver Essays blog - top prizes have been as high as $600 in the past
Oz Essays Scholarship Essay Writing ContestAustraliaJulyJuly5 pages FREE$1,000
Notes on Oz Essays Contest: Any style, but entry must answer a question so check website for current details
SolidEssay Essay ContestUSAVariesVaries800FREE$1,000
Notes on SolidEssay Contest: Any style or subject but you need to chose from a list of topics, so check website for current details - winners published on website
ThePensters ScholarshipUSAMayJune500FREE$1,000

Notes on Pensters Scholarship: Any subject, but narrative writing preferred - check the website for details of essay requirements

A History of Closed Essay Contests

For reference, a record of non-fiction writing contests that have closed.

CompetitionCountryClosing DateWinners AnnouncedMax WordsEntry FeeTop Prize
24Writer 'How Winning Are Your Essays' Contest USA15th May 2016 1st June 2016 1,000FREE$500

Notes on 24Writer Contest: Any style but themed so check website for details - CLOSED, was a one-off

Academic Help Writing ContestUSAAugustSeptember1,200FREESee notes

Notes on Academic Help Competition: Any style or subject, but must be persuasive - winner receives a writing certificate - entrants must be a high-school, college or university student - CLOSED 2016

Affiliate Blogging Tips Scholarship ProgramUSADecemberDecember500FREE$800
Notes on Australian Help Contest: Any style, but see website for current subject matters - entries from US citizens / residents only - DOESN'T SEEM TO BE RUNNING ANYMORE, and website is for sale so removed listing Jan 2018
All Top Reviews Writing ContestUSA31st December 2017 10th January 2018 700FREE$500
Notes on All Top Reviews Contest: Review writing contest - prize money has to be spent with a website reviewed by All Top Reviews - CLOSED, was a one-off
Apps Free For PC Digital & Technology ScholarshipUSAMarchApril1,000FREE$500
Notes on Apps Free For PC scholarship: Any style, subject or theme - winner published on the website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
AskPetersen Scholarship: Essay Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,000FREE$200

Notes on AskPetersen Scholarship: Any style or subject, but themed so check website for current topics - CLOSED 2016

Assignment Masters Winter Essay Contest USA20th February 2018 ?800FREE$1,000
Notes on Assignment Masters Essay Contest: Any style or theme - CLOSED, was a one off
Best Essay ScholarshipUK 30th November 2017 7th December 20171,000FREE$1,000
Notes on Best Essay Scholarship: Any style or theme, but see website for prompts - decent cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place too - CLOSED, was a one-off
Best of Bests Scholarship USANovemberDecember1,200FREE$1,000
Notes on BoB Scholarship: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Best Pressure Cooker Student ScholarshipBangladeshDecemberDecember1,000FREE$2,000
Notes on BPC Scholarship: Any style, but see website for current topics - you have to be a student to enter - the scholarship - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Bid 4 Papers Essay Contest USAQuarterlyQuarterly1,500FREE$500

Notes on Bid 4 Papers Essay Competition: Themed, so check website for current theme - entrants must be 25 or under - winners published on Facebook - CLOSED 2016

Boom Essays Writing Contest

USAFebruaryMarch1,000FREE$2,000
Notes on Boom Essays Contest: Any style, but check website for current topics - winner published by Boom Essays - 2nd prize $1,500 and 3rd prize $1,000 - NOT RUN FOR OVER A YEAR, so removed listing Jan 2018
Build Your Own Blog New Writer ScholarshipUSA29th Nov 2015 Dec 2015 no max stated FREE$4,000

Notes on Build Your Own Blog Scholarship: Any style or theme - CLOSED

Craft Resumes Creative Workforce Transition Scholarship USABi-AnnuallyBi-Annually1,000FREE$1,000

Notes on Craft Resumes Scholarship: Any style or subject but themed so check website for details - winners published on the Craft Resumes blog and offered a paid 1 to 3 month internship - CLOSED 2016

Custom Writing Essay Writing Contest UKQuarterlyQuarterly650FREE$800
Notes on Custom Writing Contest: Any style or subject but check website for current topics - winners published on the Custom Writing blog - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018
EduBirdie Essay Writing Contest USAQuarterlyQuarterly1,500FREE$500

Notes on EduBirdie Essay Contest: Themed, so check the website for current details - winners published on website - cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place writers too - CLOSED 2016

EssayHub Essay Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,000FREE$500
Notes on EssayHub Contest: Any style but check website for current topics - winners published on website - CLOSED 2017
Essay Mama Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,300FREE$450

Notes on Essay Mama Competition: Themed, so check the website for current details - winners published on the Essay Mama website - CLOSED 2016

Essay Mama Christmas Writing Contest USA25th December 2014 5th January 2015 4,000See notes $450

Notes on Essay Mama Competition: Any style / genre, but themed around Christmas - to enter, you must like their Facebook page and share the competition link - 15 winning stories published in a printed book - CLOSED 2015

EssayRoo Australian Writing Contest

AustraliaMarchMarch800FREE$3,000
Notes on EssayRoo Contest: Any style or subject but check website for current topics - 2nd prize $2,500, 3rd prize $1,500 - winners published on the website - CLOSED 2017
EssaysCapital Writing ContestUSABiannuallyBiannually1,700FREE$3,000

Notes on Prism International Contest: Any style or subject but there are a choice of topics, so check website for current details - winners' essays will be published on EssaysCapital Blog - I've recently received some concerns from users about this competition - it seems they have not announced winners and not contacted entrants - you can learn more on the EssaysCapital Facebook page, where users are asking what's going on with no response - I've contacted EssaysCapital to ask them if the competition is still running - if I don't hear back soon I'll remove this listing - UPDATE JAN 2017: I NEVER HEARD BACK FROM THEM SO HAVE RETIRED THIS LISTING

Essay Supply Cyberbullying ExperienceUSA30th June 2017 31st July 2017 1,000FREE$1,500
Notes on Essay Supply Contest: Any style but themed so check website for details - CLOSED, was a one-off
Garden Museum’s Festival of Garden Literature Writing Competition UKMay June2,500£5£2,500

Notes on Garden Museum’s Writing Competition: Memoirs inspired by or set in a garden - winners published by Granta Online - CLOSED 2015

Highfield Press 'Picture Worth 1000 Words' Essay ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,000$20$1,000

Notes on Highfield Press Competition: Themed - uses a different picture to inspire writers for each contest, see website for current details - winners published on website - entries may be a personal essay, memoir, narrative nonfiction, commentary, travel piece, historical account, biography, or short story - CLOSED 2016

JetWriters Essay Writing Contest 2nd Edition USA15th Nov 2015 23rd Nov 2015 1,200FREE$400

Notes on JetWriters Competition: Themed, so check website for current topics - 2nd prize $250, 3rd prize $150 - CLOSED

Juicingbeasts Staying Healthy Scholarship

Malaysia OctoberNovember1,000FREE$500
Notes on Juicingbeasts Competition: Any style but check website for current topic - winners published on website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Londnr Magazine New Voices CompetitionUK1st June 2017 1st August 2017 1,000£4See notes
Notes on Londnr Magazine Competition: Any style or theme - winner receives a paid feature-length article, published in A/W 2017 magazine and a paid contract for a set of three articles for the Londnr online, mentoring, free tickets to the launch party and other Londnr events - CLOSED, was a one-off
Ninja Essays Writing Contest USAVariesVaries1,000FREE$500

Notes on Ninja Essays Competition: Themed, so check website for current topics - competition is run every 3 to 4 months - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018

Noplag Scholarship Essay ContestUSA31st August 2017 September 2017 5,000FREE$2,500
Notes on Noplag Contest: Any style but there are a number of topics to choose from, so visit the Noplag website for full details - deadline was in June, but extended to end of August - CLOSED, was a one-off
OmniPapers Writing ContestUSAVariesVaries1,500FREE$500

Notes on OmniPapers Contest: Themed, so check website for current theme - participants must be 20-25 years old - winners published on the OmniPapers website - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from website 2018

Phenq Avis Value Of Being Fit Scholarship ProgramUSAMarchApril1,000FREE$750
Notes on Phenq Avis Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on the Phenq Avis website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
Productivity Spot Education Scholarship IndiaOctoberNovember1,000FREE$1,000
Notes on Productivity Spot Scholarship: Any style but check website for current subject/theme - winners published on website - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing
ProEssayWriting Challenge USA10th February 2017 20th February 2017 1,000FREE$1,000

Notes on ProEssayWriting Challenge: Any style but there are a number of topics to choose from, please visit the website for full details - 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250 - CLOSED, was a one-off

Rewarded Essays Writing Contest USA20th October 2017 30th October 2017 900FREE$500
Notes on Rewarded Essays Competition: Any style or theme - CLOSED, was a one-off
Sentence House Scholarship USADecemberJanuary1,500FREE$1,500
Notes on Sentence House Scholarship: Any style or subject - winners published on website - OPENS UP RANDOM SPAMMY LINKS, so removed from listings Jan 2018
Showboxa.Com Writing Contest For Science & Tech EnthusiastsUSAQuarterlyQuarterly1,500FREE$1,000

Notes on Showboxa Contest: Any style but themed, so check website for current details - REMOVED because site has nothing to do with writing

Smart Paper Help Writing Scholarship USAJanuaryJanuary1,000FREE$1,000
Notes on Smart Paper Help Scholarship: Any style but check website for current topics - 2nd prize $700, 3rd prize $400 - CLOSED 2016
Smart.Study Essay Writing ScholarshipUK1st August 2016 15th August 2016 700FREE$700

Notes on Smart.Study Scholarship: Any style but there are 3 topics to choose from, visit the site for details - winners published on the Smart.Study blog

SpeedyPaper Global Essay Writing ContestUSAQuarterlyQuarterly600FREE$1,000

Notes on SpeedyPaper Contest: Any style, but themed, so check website for current details - NOT RUN FOR OVER 6 MONTHS, so removed listing Jan 2018

Student Scholarship from Unplag Cyprus1st Mar 2016 9th Mar 2016 500FREE$2,000

Notes on Unplag Contest: Any style but themed so check website for details - winners published on the Unplag blog - prize money given to the University the student studies at, so goes towards their tuition fees - 2 runners-up receive free subscription to Unplag plagiarism detection service

Student Wordsmith 'The Growing Unease' Journalism Competition UK18th December 2015 Jan 2016 2,000£5See notes

Notes on Student Wordsmith Competition: Themed, so check website for current topics - winners published in a pamphlet and 'exciting prizes' offered to winners

Swift River 'My Mother, My Hero' Essay ContestUSA1st May 2017 12th May 2017 250FREE$200
Notes on Swift River Contest: Any style but themed - Swift River will use the winning essay as part of their efforts to fight addiction
The London Magazine Essay CompetitionUK 31st August 2017October1,500£10£500
Notes on The London Magazine Competition: Any style or theme - winner published in The London Magazine - runners-up published on website - 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £200 - CLOSED, was a one-off
The Travelex Next Great Travel Writer 2017 UK5th February 2017 ?1,000FREE£1,500

Notes on Travelex Competition: Any style but themed around travel - in addition to cash, the winner receives a session with a Penguin editor - there's also a student category with a £500 prize - the contest is judged by journalists, Penguin editors and international bloggers - CLOSED, was a one-off

UK Writing's British Essay Writing ContestUKMayJune900FREE£3,500
Notes on British Essay Contest: Any style or theme, but check website out for the list of current topics - the 3 winning essays are published on the UK Writing website - NOT RUN FOR OVER A YEAR, so removed listing Jan 2018
Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Non-Ficiton Contest UKAugustOctober500See notes See notes
Notes on Verbolatry Laugh-a-Riot Contest : Humorous style and check website for current topic - if you enter for FREE, the top prize is £50; if you pay £5 entry, the top prize is £100 - winning entries published in Verbolatry newsletter and on their website - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018
Widows & Widowers Magazine Writing Competition UK1st Sept 2015 12th Dec 2015 5,000FREESee notes

Notes on Widows & Widowers Competition: Themed, so check website for current details - 3 winning essays published in magazine - all shortlisted entries published in an anthology

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  • $5,000 in cash
  • An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
  • One on one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash

All top winners will also receive:

  • A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
  • The Grand Prize winning piece and the 1st place winning piece in each category will be published in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.
  • All other top winners will have their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

All Honorable Mentions receive:

  • 20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
  • Their names listed in the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

Categories

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Script)
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

How to Enter

  • Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication.* Entries in the Magazine Feature Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, poems posted online to poets’ personal blogs, social media accounts, or online forums (like the comments on the Poetic Asides blog) are eligible. Anything posted online by a third party is considered to be published.
  • If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Scripts and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other manuscripts must be double-spaced. The competition category and word count/line count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. The first page should also include the entry’s title. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
  • BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
  • Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQpage.
  • Click here for the offline entry form.

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