10 Free Writing Contests with Cash Prizes


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.

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Published by: Kawanee Hamilton

Kawanee was born in Alexandria Louisiana but her first real memories are of Russellville Arkansas. She's always loved to read, and has always had an vivid imagination. She grew up in a house where almost everyone read, they didn't need a TV although she could still be found planted on her butt in front of her grandma's TV watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. She made up her first story with her mother when her cat died; it was about where pets go when they die. She continued to create stories from bad dreams she had and her dad would help her change nightmares to stories. They would sit up in a chair until the scary went away. He told her that: "Dreams, good or bad, are just stories your mind makes up. You are the author of your dreams; if you don't like them rewrite them. " She was hooked and has continued to read and write stories drawing from dreams, sights and just pure imagination. She just recently decided she'd like to try and get published and fail than wonder what if. Her story continues but where it goes from here is up to you, the Reader... She hopes you'll join her in finding out where her journey goes from here!

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