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Monday, September 19, 2011

Writing Contests: Short Story Contests, Poetry, Essay and More

Writing contests inspire a lot of feelings for most of us writers. Some people love them and salivate at the mere thought of crafting a string of prose about a frighteningly random topic like 'cart wheeling on the moon.' Other writers tremble at the thought of that blank page, even when the category is open-ended and they have a word folder stuffed with worthy submissions. Whether you live in the former or the latter category, writing contests give you an opportunity to share your voice, your story and your perspective. Check out the contests below and remember to stretch yourself. It's easy to stick with your genre, but it's great for your craft if you try out the opposite instead.

Writing Contests for Multiple Genres 

Fiction Writing Contests (And Flash Fiction)

  • Zoetrope: All Story Fiction Contest: Deadline 10/3/2011 
  • Inkwell: 14th Annual Short Fiction Contest: Deadline 10/31/2011
  • Kore Press: Short Fiction Chapbook Award: Deadline 10/31/2011 

Poetry Contests 

Essay Contests
  • Diagram: Essay Contest: Deadline 10/31/2011 

'Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.'
William Wordsworth