Competitions for writers, poets, screenwriters, artists, and other aliens

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest logo

Here’s a few websites that publish short stories, run competitions, and this can sometimes lead to literary agents noticing your work.

  1. Circalit
  2. The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

  3. Cowboy Logic
  4. Creative Communications
    • New Arrival Poetry: A contest for new poetry writers. See the site for details.
    • New Arrival Story: A contest for new story writers. See the site for details.
    • This Sentence Starts The Story: A contest where you must begin your story with the sentence provided. See the site for details.
    • Poetry Imagery: Write a poem about the image provided in the announcement. See the site for details.
    • Strong Character: Write a story that includes a strong central character. See the site for details.
    • Poetry Contest: Write a poem that follows a specific format. See the site for details.
    • Tell A Story: Choose one of the images provided and write a story or poem about it. See the site for details.

    6. Firebrand Fiction Contest

7. First Chapters

8. Boaz Publishing

9. The Golden Quill

10. Graywolf Press

11. The Guild Forums

12. Halloween Ghost Story Contest.

13. – Henry Hazlitt Contest for Business Fiction, First Annual

14. Hillerman Mystery Competition:

15. Hint Fiction 25-Word Story Writing Contest:

16. Illustrators of the Future

I could go on and on, but I won’t! Here’s the list of competitions and conferences that might help get you noticed. It is helpful because it states which competitions are not recommended, a good thing to know.

I wanted to add that some names of websites have been changed, for example The Golden Quill links to a site called Desert Rose.

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3 thoughts on “Competitions for writers, poets, screenwriters, artists, and other aliens

  1. This is great information…thanks so much for posting! You should definitely consider submitting some of your short stories (the one about the family couch was great and the one you read yesterday was amazing)

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