10 Free Writing Contests with Cash Prizes
The following is a list of writing contests with cash prizes. All of them are completely free to enter. None of them require submission fees.
A wide variety of writing is covered, including non-fiction, poetry, and short stories, essays, etc…
1. The Bacopa Literary review has a contest for the best poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. They offer a $200 first prize, and a $160 runner-up prize for each genre. All published writers will get $20 and a copy of the print journal. The deadline is June 30th. To learn more, read their submission guidelines.
2. Creative Nonfiction is hosting a contest for the Writing Pittsburgh series. They want “a single-author book-length work of creative nonfiction with a significant connection to contemporary Pittsburgh.” The prize is $7,500 as an advance against royalties. The deadline is October 15th. To learn more, visit their submission page.
3. The Utah Original Writing Competition honors Utah writers with cash prizes. Prizes are in a variety of categories, including poetry, essays, short stories, books, and children’s books. Prizes are up to $1,000. The deadline is June 24th. To learn more, read this document.
4. The 2016 I Must Be Off Travel Writing Contest is now open to submission. First place prize is $200. The deadline is July 31st. To learn more, visit the contest page.