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May contest open. Showcase your skill with third person limited POV. Every contestant earns 1000 gift points; winning entries earn merit badges and more. Maximum of ten entries, so don't wait to submit your story!

Just One Point of View Contest  (18+)
It's all about one character's point of view
#1992580 by Max Griffin

Posted by Max Griffin on Apr 29, 2016 at 9:08am  

Flash 405 Contest. Flash 405 is Exposition Review’s multi-genre flash competition, awarding prizes and online publication to the winners! Deadline May 5th

 Exposition Review  (E)
Exposition Review is a literary journal dedicated to publishing in multiple genres.
#2082736 by Lauren Gorski

Posted by Lauren Gorski on Apr 28, 2016 at 3:34pm  

A contest to test fabulous fabling freely flowing from fantastical imaginations.

You grew up hearing fables like the "Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Fox and the Grapes," but can you write one?

 Fable if You're Able  (E)
A contest to test your fabulous fabling
#2082291 by Aesop

Posted by Aesop on Apr 26, 2016 at 7:19pm  

In case you missed it, another round has started! If you have written a story between 5,000 and 20,000 words, this is for you. No prompts. All genres welcome! :)

Long, Long, Long  (18+)
Prompt-free contest for stories of the lengthier variety. New round September 3rd!
#1782293 by Elisa/Stik, Queen of Awkward

Posted by Elisa/Stik, Queen of Awkward on Apr 25, 2016 at 11:12pm  

Perhaps one of the easiest contests to enter. Just give me your creepiest dream. You may do it in any form you'd like: telling, storytelling ,poetry or prose. Your choice. Just give me your best ... after all, it's a competition

Out of the Fog, Dream Contest  (E)
A contest which comes out of the fog now and then, as if a dream.
#2002225 by Intuey

Posted by Intuey on Apr 25, 2016 at 8:11am  

Round 19 - Greed!

So Emotional  (ASR)
Every author dreads three words, 'show not tell'.
#1706238 by |Kit|

Posted by |Kit| on Apr 22, 2016 at 12:32pm  

Halfway through the month and we're a little light (on quantity, not quality) of entries. Surely you're up to the challenge of writing a "dirty" 500 word story based on this month's theme ("mud.") Come jump in the EPTaS puddle!

Every Picture Tells a Story  (E)
Every Picture Tells a Story (EPTaS) is a monthly, photo-prompted short story competition.
#2077696 by Rex Kramer

Posted by Rex Kramer on Apr 17, 2016 at 8:41am  

Formerly known as Genre Times Four, this contest has been updated. Come take a look, sharpen your pencils or pc, and write a story and enter. Old or new stories welcome as long as they meet the prompt.

The Mix and Match Genre Contest  (18+)
Test your skill at writing stories in different genres.
#1948893 by Aisha

Posted by Paul ~ D~ on Apr 16, 2016 at 1:57pm  

The contest where the Newest members of Writing.com choose the winners!

Newbies are the Judge!  (E)
Contest that is Judged by WDC Newbies
#2064748 by lostwordsmith

Posted by lostwordsmith on Apr 13, 2016 at 7:53am  

Round 53 Open- Get your entries in!

Lexi's Poetry Challenge  (13+)
LPC Round 53 open. Pick a title, create a poem.
#701412 by Lexi

Posted by Lexi on Apr 11, 2016 at 4:45pm  

Do you love writing free verse poetry? Do you enjoy this form of poetic expression? Have you mastered this art? Or do you just want to see if you are on the right track? This contest will put those skills to the test.

Shadows and Light Poetry Contest  (E)
Do you love the challenge and creativity of free verse poetry? This contest is for you.
#1935693 by Angels in my Ear

Posted by Angels in my Ear on Apr 10, 2016 at 10:36am  

Tales of Seduction is NOW OPEN. It's been a long time. Prizes have been updated. Come and check it out. The prompt will challenge you. Are you up for it??

Tales of Seduction  (18+)
APRIL PROMPT: From Conflict to Resolution to...
#1702029 by PurpleInfinity

Posted by PurpleInfinity on Apr 10, 2016 at 8:45am  

The only contest that lets you enter ANYTHING, even a YouTube video or a painting!

Steev's Daily Contest  (13+)
GP prizes every day! All item types considered! And more!
#2080765 by Steev the Friction Wizurd

Posted by Steev the Friction Wizurd on Apr 9, 2016 at 1:32pm  

Round 5 begins April 11th! Come lay out your tapestry, pick up your needle, and weave the landscape your plots wait to travel through. 10 days, 10 prompts, and 35,0000 GPs are at stake.

World Weavers' Championship  (13+)
Round 5 begins April 11th!
#2012128 by Tileira

Posted by Tileira on Apr 5, 2016 at 1:35pm  

He is risen! Write a poem about something that happened during the forty days, between our Lord's resurrection and ascension.

The Lighthouse Poetry Contests  (E)
Contests With A Christian Theme
#1742964 by Quihadi

Posted by Quihadi on Apr 1, 2016 at 9:06pm  

New Prompt: It's sunny again. Write a dialogue between you and your shadow!

The Dialogue 500  (18+)
Dialogues of 500 words or less.
#941862 by W.D.Wilcox © ¿ Φ

Posted by W.D.Wilcox © ¿ Φ on Apr 1, 2016 at 6:57pm  

If you have been a member of W.Com for less than 6 months, this contest is just for you! Short Stories and poems can win prizes. Come over and take a look at what could be your first contest on W.Com. FREE to enter!

Newbies ONLY Short Story & Poem Contest  (13+)
Open for April submissions!
#1873271 by ~ Sisco ~

Posted by ~ Sisco ~ on Apr 1, 2016 at 5:34pm  

The simplest contest ever! Post an intriguing prompt, no longer than five sentences. No bitems or items necessary! Post directly in message window. Read the rules in case there's a theme. Deadline: Each Tuesday, 11:59pm, unless otherwise stated.

The Prompt Me Contest  (13+)
The simplest contest ever! Send me a prompt!
#2000519 by Cubbee~Busy as a Bee!

Posted by Cubbee~Busy as a Bee! on Mar 31, 2016 at 7:00am  

Post your title and summary (like the ones you read on the inside of a book jacket) of the prompted picture. This is a great exercise! No bitems or items necessary. Always read the rules! Deadline is the last Sunday of every month, 11:59pm.

Picture a Story  (18+)
Send me a title and summary of your story idea, prompted by the picture.
#2003926 by Cubbee~Busy as a Bee!

Posted by Cubbee~Busy as a Bee! on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:50am  

A contest open to those who write for children and also, fo those who would like to give it a try! Be sure to read the rules and follow the prompt. Deadline is normally the last Sunday of every month, 11:59pm.

We Write for Kids Contest  (ASR)
A contest open to those who write for children.
#1999597 by Cubbee~Busy as a Bee!

Posted by Cubbee~Busy as a Bee! on Mar 31, 2016 at 6:44am  

Write a story with no dialogue.

No Dialogue Contest  (E)
Write a story containing no dialogue, in 700 words or less, based on the monthly prompt.
#2079495 by ~QPdoll~

Posted by ~QPdoll~ on Mar 29, 2016 at 6:36am  

The Banana Bar Easter Coloring Contest - March 25 - March 28
The winning entry will receive 1000 GP per entry submitted to the contest. (IE: If there are 200 entries the winner will receive 200,000 GP.)

The Blogging Banana Bar  (18+)
Andre the Blog Monkey's Blogging Banana Bar It's a cyber bar owned by an imaginary monkey
#1985857 by Brother Nature

Posted by Brother Nature on Mar 25, 2016 at 3:39pm  

NEW! A Science Fiction Short Story Contest. Fantastic Prizes. Choose from 1 of 3 prompts - an image, 3 words or a concept. Opens 1st April 2016

Other Worlds Contest  (E)
Science Fiction Short Story Contest. Opens: 1st April 2016. Closes 30th April 2016.
#2078460 by A E Willcox

Posted by A E Willcox on Mar 20, 2016 at 5:07pm  

Technology and the future are this round's themes. Get inspired by the image prompts and write a poem in 18 lines or less.

Whispers Of The Soul  (E)
Get inspired by the prompts and win up to 35k, including an exclusive MB.
#1966417 by Kasia

Posted by Kasia on Mar 20, 2016 at 4:25pm  

Back after nearly three years! Awardicons, an exclusive Merit Badge, gift points... Just follow the prompt to be in with a chance.

Kittiara's Writing Contest  (ASR)
Short story and poetry contest, with a theme!
#861112 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Mar 15, 2016 at 5:23pm  

Do you love writing rhyming poetry? Poetry is the music of the heart and soul. Through the use of lyrical words and a steady rhyme and meter we sing their melody.

Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest  (E)
Test your skill and talent in the art of traditional poetry in this monthly contest.
#2055137 by Angels in my Ear

Posted by Angels in my Ear on Mar 13, 2016 at 9:37am  

Explore all subgenres of Fantasy! Round 1 is None Western Tradition fantasy.

Fantasy Fever Writing Contest  (13+)
Writing contest exploring every subgenre and type of fantasy for all you fantasy fanatics!
#2075141 by Khariyya ~ Back to Writing!

Posted by Khariyya ~ Back to Writing! on Mar 8, 2016 at 3:06pm  

For March I want to see a monster Chimpanzee.

Scary Animal tales  (E)
A short story contest. Show me the monster.
#2068383 by Danger Mouse-Swatting flies

Posted by Danger Mouse-Swatting flies on Mar 6, 2016 at 11:25am  

Dreamtime is back with Round Ten! Picture prompt for Dragon Poem! Teens welcome.

DreamTime Dragon's Contest  (E)
A Poetry contest with a dragon prompt. Teens welcome! Round 10 Closed til next time.
#1768488 by eyestar-

Posted by eyestar- on Mar 5, 2016 at 9:23pm  

Write a short story or poem about your Easter gone wrong.

The Anti-Easter Contest  (13+)
Write a story or poem about an Easter gone wrong - CLOSED UNTIL EASTER 2017
#2066082 by Andy NaPo'ing~WGT!

Posted by Andy NaPo'ing~WGT! on Mar 2, 2016 at 3:52am  

Think it's easy to write a bad story? Come on in and take the challenge!

Intentionally Bad Story Contest  (ASR)
You probably know about intentionally bad poetry. This contest is all about the stories!
#2075418 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Feb 16, 2016 at 10:22pm  

Just read and reviewed something you absolutely loved, want to share it it with the community? Nominate it for a "Blown Away" Award!

Blown Away!  (E)
A Contest to honor new pieces that just blow you away
#2074994 by lostwordsmith

Posted by lostwordsmith on Feb 12, 2016 at 4:47pm  

New prompt, new rules! Come one, come all, join in the fun with us Teens of WdC!

WDC Teen Contest  (13+)
A contest FOR EVERYONE, judged BY TEENS!
#2036804 by Dragon

Posted by Dragon on Feb 9, 2016 at 1:35pm  

Fantasy short story writing competition. Write a fantasy story between 2000 and 5000 words using the words from one of two or both lists of 5 words. Contest opens Monday 1st February 2016 and closes 29th February 2016. Fantastic prizes.

Magic Words Contest   (13+)
A fantasy short story writing contest. Fantastic Prizes. Open 1st - 30th April 2016
#1871010 by A E Willcox

Posted by A E Willcox on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:52am  

New United Pagan Society contest, open for all!

 UPS Contest - Demigods and Demigoddesses  (E)
Forum for UPS contests
#2054039 by Autumn

Posted by Autumn on Jan 26, 2016 at 1:20pm  

'Tweet' me a story or poem in under 140 characters.
Exclusive contest merit badge and gps to win.
Give it a go!

Tweet Me a Story  (18+)
Write me a story or poem in the equivalent space of a 'tweet' - 140 characters.
#2040737 by Sally

Posted by Sally on Jan 18, 2016 at 7:49am  


Write a short story or poem, under 500 words, using personification.
New visual prompt each month. Merit badges and gps to win!

PersonITfication   (13+)
Show off your skill using personification - give inanimate objects human qualities.
#2055579 by Sally

Posted by Sally on Jan 18, 2016 at 7:42am  

Movie line based contest accepting short stories and poetry.

What's Your Line?  (E)
A contest using famous quotes from classic movies as a prompt.
#2070222 by Taryn~Writing

Posted by Taryn~Writing on Jan 13, 2016 at 9:25pm  

A contest where the winner wins an upgraded membership!

The Mad Dash Contest  (E)
A contest where the winner wins an upgraded membership.
#1926503 by Taryn~Writing

Posted by Taryn~Writing on Jan 1, 2016 at 6:26pm  

A contest for essays!

Persuasion Station  (13+)
An essay contest
#2070265 by Lyndsay Rae

Posted by Lyndsay Rae on Jan 1, 2016 at 7:15am  

New and Improved starting January First! New styles/genres will be announced each month. Write a new story for a shot at 10,000 GPs!

A Writing Muscle Stretch   (18+)
Stretch your writing muscle by writing in a different form/genre each month!
#1952353 by Lyndsay Rae

Posted by Lyndsay Rae on Dec 31, 2015 at 3:59am  

Try something new and receive an exclusive merit badge! Second place receives a 'genre of the month' badge!

Try Something New Contest  (E)
Open for April ~ Awareness is genre of the month!
#2032025 by Stephanie Ferguson

Posted by Stephanie Ferguson on Dec 6, 2015 at 7:52pm  

Got a supernatural piece, new or old? Enter it now!

Supernatural Writing Contest  (13+)
No prompt! New round! Old or new pieces accepted!
#1771874 by Lorraine

Posted by Lorraine on Dec 1, 2015 at 12:37pm  

A new contest...Round one Opens December 1st!

All Things Macabre  (13+)
A Short Story and Poetry Contest for All Things Macabre!
#2066181 by Night Owl~Out of the Loop!

Posted by Night Owl~Out of the Loop! on Nov 24, 2015 at 8:24am  

A Daily/Weekly Contest Of Horror!
C'mon over here and see if you can write a story in 1,500 words or less to scare the bejeezus out of us!
Or are you scared?
5K GPs to the Daily Winner, and the Weekly Winner will receive a 10k Awardicon!

'SCREAMS!!!'  (GC)
A Daily/Weekly Contest Of Horror And A 2014 Quill Award Finalist
#2020439 by Angus

Posted by Angus on Nov 20, 2015 at 3:14pm  

Newbies only poetry contest.

Newbies Only Poetry Contest  (13+)
A Poetry contest for Newbies.
#1968082 by Sanita

Posted by Sanita on Nov 6, 2015 at 12:49pm  

Try your hand at writing a story in just 100 words! Newbies only.

Newbies Only 100 Word Story Contest  (13+)
Try your hand at writing a story in just 100 words!
#1957798 by Sanita

Posted by Sanita on Nov 6, 2015 at 12:48pm  

Are there any Halloween writers out there who love everything spooky, but don't care for guts and gore? Here is your contest! Writers of spooky stories can win merit badges, award ribbons, gift points. Come get some.

Not So Scary Halloween Contest  (E)
Capture the spirit of make-believe frights in an unscary short story.
#1591034 by Montblanc-We Got This!

Posted by Montblanc-We Got This! on Oct 24, 2015 at 7:35pm  

Three Prompts to inspire a Halloween story. Win an upgraded membership and other great prizes!

Three Prompts  (E)
Fantasy and Science Fiction contest with three prompts! April Round Now Open!
#2016845 by Matt Bird

Posted by Matt Bird on Oct 11, 2015 at 8:21am  

Monthly Fantasy Writing contest! Because we need more fantasy. :D

Draw Your Swords  (18+)
Deliver your stories on the field of battle.
#1948208 by Squeekachu

Posted by Squeekachu on Oct 3, 2015 at 9:06pm  

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