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Free Writing Contests is your source for a listing of 2017 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of writing contests - hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.

Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Dialogue is an important part of any story. The challenge here is to strip away everything from a story and only use dialogue. No speech tags are even permitted. Write a complete story with only dialogue.
Deadline: Thursday, August 3, 2017    Contest Details


Write a story that uses the image shown in the contest announcement. What is happening in this image? What will this character do? That is your decision to make. This contest has a cash prize.
Deadline: Tuesday, August 15, 2017    Contest Details

True Story

Non fiction stories are requried for this writing contest. Share a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. The object is to share your feelings and observations during an important event in your life.
Deadline: Wednesday, August 23, 2017    Contest Details

Hershey Story Writing Contest

The Hershey story writing contest is interested in student submissions. The objective of this contest is to encourage interest and knowledge of history.
Deadline: February 15.   Contest Details

100 Word Flash Fiction

A drabble is a flash fiction story that only uses 100 words. Can you write a story with only 100 words? The winner of this writing contest will win $100.
Deadline: Sunday, September 17, 2017    Contest Details

Sudden Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is writing a story but with a limited number of words. For this contest write a story with only 750 words. Win a cash prize.
Deadline: Saturday, September 30, 2017    Contest Details

Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Share your non-fiction writing to enter this writing contest. Share your memoir or any post that is not fiction. Cash prize.
Deadline: Saturday, October 14, 2017    Contest Details

Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story with only 50 words! That is the challenge of this writing contest. Can you tell a complete story with only 50 words?
Deadline: Thursday, October 19, 2017    Contest Details

What If?

For this contest you are provided a "What If" for your character. Write a story with a character that must face a specific task.
Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017    Contest Details

Romance Writing Contest

Write a classic romance story. Share a a story the brings two people together. These two don't realize that they are made for each other. But your readers do! Romance sells! This is your chance to get into the most popular genre.
Deadline: Saturday, November 11, 2017    Contest Details

L Ron Hubbard Writing Contest

For new and amateur writers to share science fiction or fantasy short stories. Novelettes are also welcomed.
Deadline: Every three months.   Contest Details

This Sentence Starts The Story

Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017    Contest Details

Share Your Story

What's your story? Share your story (yes, you can make stuff up!) and enter it in this writing contest. Chance at a $100 prize.
Deadline: Saturday, December 16, 2017    Contest Details

Horror Story Writing Contest

Write a horror story to enter this writing contest. Terrorize your reader for your chance at the cash prize.
Deadline: Friday, December 29, 2017    Contest Details


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