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Write me a hot story in up to 969 words every week. It runs every week from Sunday at 12:00 a.m. until the next Saturday at 11:59 p.m. WdC time. Merit badge and ribbons galore.

Naughty Quickie  (18+)
Write me a hot story in up to 969 words every week.
#2235535 by SkeletonBoneGhoulie

Posted by SkeletonBoneGhoulie on Oct 17, 2020 at 4:28pm  

Here's a contest that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Do you have what it takes to write a scary story? if so, come on in and post it in the forum. All Donations are welcome.

Shadows in the Dark Short Story Contest  (13+)
Can you survive in the shadows?
#2232123 by Beacon-Skull Pumpkin 🎃

Posted by Beacon-Skull Pumpkin 🎃 on Oct 13, 2020 at 7:11pm  

This is a New Contest and all you have to do is write a poem based on a Quote, so come on by and check it out.

#2229126 by Innerlight' prays at twilight

Posted by Beacon-Skull Pumpkin 🎃 on Oct 13, 2020 at 6:56pm  

Deadline extended! October is breast cancer awareness month.

Breast Cancer Awareness Contest  (13+)
Pop Up Contest about how breast cancer has affected you or someone in your life.
#2233700 by Gemini👁Gremlin

Posted by Gemini👁Gremlin on Oct 12, 2020 at 10:49pm  

Showcase your talent in this monthly prompt based contest.

Verfabula: A Creative Nonfiction Contest  (ASR)
Open to all members. Can you write 500 words about Indigenous Peoples Day? Round end 10/31
#2234698 by ɐʇsıɹ⋊ uǝǝuΌ soɐɥƆ

Posted by ɐʇsıɹ⋊ uǝǝuΌ soɐɥƆ on Oct 12, 2020 at 4:06am  

Round thirty-four is open for two months -- October and November -- because everyone is busy with NaNo. It gives you plenty of time to enter. Prizes increased! Deadline: November 30th @ NOON WdC Time.

The Humorous Poetry Contest  (18+)
The contest where the rating doesn't matter!~New Round Open for October & November~
#1875093 by Lornda

Posted by Lornda on Oct 5, 2020 at 11:25am  

In The Graveyard

A Contest Inspired by the Old Pulp Fiction Covers of Weird Tales Magazine
#2083492 by Fly On The Wall

Posted by Fly On The Wall on Oct 3, 2020 at 12:03pm  

October Prompt/ There's something whispering to you in your haunted house. Talk to it.

The Dialogue 500  (18+)
Dialogues of 500 words or less.
#941862 by Fly On The Wall

Posted by Fly On The Wall on Oct 3, 2020 at 12:02pm  

Win an exclusive Resurrection Jukebox merit badge by assembling 15 blackout poems during the month of October, each sourced from cover songs, music from defunct/deceased artists, or musician obituaries from the past year!

Resurrection Jukebox  (E)
A yearly blogging challenge featuring cover songs and/or dead artists! Runs every October.
#2009876 by Jeff-o'-lantern

Posted by Jeff-o'-lantern on Oct 1, 2020 at 1:15pm  

October Round OPENS October 1st ! The Theme: Samhain/Halloween .Entry Type: Short Story . Begins: Oct. 1st, Ends: Oct. 31st.

Elizabeth's Poetry & Short Story Contest  (13+)
Open for October SHORT STORY submissions.
#2113830 by ElizabethHayes-ThePumpkinQueen

Posted by ElizabethHayes-ThePumpkinQueen on Sep 30, 2020 at 10:47pm  

Poem or story, old or new as ever up to you. October Contest will run from the 1ST until the 30TH at Noon. Awardicons and Merit Badges and GPS. Please read the rules and then enter...

Of course there's a Veterans Day - EVERY DAY!
#423698 by Monty The Grim Reaper

Posted by Monty The Grim Reaper on Sep 29, 2020 at 12:50pm  

September Contest is open, please read the rules. Good luck. I cant wait to read all the great stories

Psychological Story Contest  (E)
Round 11 is now OPEN Starts now and ends September 30.
#1220286 by Masque of Licentia

Posted by Masque of Licentia on Sep 22, 2020 at 6:58pm  

Halloween Special - limited to new members of six months or less.

Frightmare Contest  (GC)
A monthly horror contest using a photo prompt and chosen subgenre competition.
#2228334 by Bob's Skull Sweat

Posted by Bob's Skull Sweat on Sep 20, 2020 at 8:48am  

Looking for a challenge? You must participate in the month-long October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge to even be eligible to participate in these four weekly Contest Rounds. Not for the faint of quill...

October NaNoWriMo Prep Contest Rounds  (E)
Four competitive novel prep assignments accompanying the October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge
#2134154 by Battywyn🎶

Posted by Battywyn🎶 on Sep 13, 2020 at 3:08pm  

Do you enjoy writing for children? Or perhaps would like to give it a try? This is the place! Come on in and check it out!

Writing 4 Kids Contest  (ASR)
Newly revised! (Previously known as "We Write 4 Kids")
#1999597 by Cuboo Hufflepuffs 18 WDC years

Posted by Cuboo Hufflepuffs 18 WDC years on Sep 9, 2020 at 8:31pm  

A delicious Cookie Contest with 30K prize packages and a merit badge JUST for ENTERING!! Great for newbies!

Cookie Challenge!  (E)
A cookie writing challenge
#2231735 by Talky Tina

Posted by Talky Tina on Sep 9, 2020 at 4:48pm  

Science Fiction Short Story Contest: "Harvest" Edition.

Science Fiction Short Story Contest  (18+)
A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
#2140378 by BlackAdder

Posted by BlackAdder on Sep 6, 2020 at 11:50am  

The September round is now open. Every entry earns 2000 GPS, and the winning entries earn additional GPS, merit badges and awardicons. Contest is limited to ten total entries, so reserve your spot now!

Show, Don't Tell Contest  (18+)
Show Don't Tell Contest Message Forum
#2162666 by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈

Posted by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈 on Aug 31, 2020 at 9:29am  

Poems, Rhyming and Free Verse and Prose accepted. Old or New, that's up to you Can not have won an Awardicon in a contest before. Awards and Gift points. Open September 1st until noon on the 30th. Please read the rules,easy and not many.

The Place for Seniors!
#427318 by Monty The Grim Reaper

Posted by Monty The Grim Reaper on Aug 30, 2020 at 2:25pm  

Test your skill and talent in writing traditional rhyming poetry in this monthly contest.

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

Posted by Brenpoet Pumpkin Eater on Aug 10, 2020 at 2:00pm  

Do you have what it takes to write a thriller short story? If so, enter your best story and post it.

Thriller Short Story Contest Forum  (13+)
Have you been frightened by something lurking at you?
#2227341 by Beacon-Skull Pumpkin 🎃

Posted by Beacon-Skull Pumpkin 🎃 on Aug 6, 2020 at 4:25pm  

CLASH! A contest by Elle where authors face off through their characters! Sounds like lots of fun, but there's only 4 entries!

CLASH!   (13+)
Authors face off through their characters! Follow along & vote each round.
#1908885 by Elle

Posted by Becca Winchester on Aug 1, 2020 at 6:13am  

This contest is for romance writers who want some experience writing sensual prose.

 Heat Beneath your Wings Romance Contest  (GC)
A contest designed to give writers experience in a genre they might be uncomfortable with
#2225525 by percy goodfellow

Posted by percy goodfellow on Jun 28, 2020 at 9:01pm  

open June 1 please come join me won't you!

A Story-Poem Contest!!!  (E)
write a story that is in poetic form. No Prompts new or old! Quill winner!
#2102427 by Lisa Noe Kittyluv um Puppyluv

Posted by Lisa Noe Kittyluv um Puppyluv on May 26, 2020 at 2:18pm  

One month of weekly prompt entries (GPs awarded weekly/MB awarded monthly), and one month of story/poetry entries based on the winning MB prompt from the previous month. New exclusive Prompt Me MB awarded each month!.

The Prompt Me Contest  (13+)
Weekly prompt entries one month, story entries the next, based on the winning prompt!
#2000519 by Cuboo Hufflepuffs 18 WDC years

Posted by Cuboo Hufflepuffs 18 WDC years on May 17, 2020 at 10:19am  

Write a short story that takes place in a classroom in celebration of National Teacher's Day!

Holiday Short Story Contest - closed  (E)
Write a short story based on an obscure holiday with the prompt provided.
#2142083 by Lilli Munster☕

Posted by Lilli Munster☕ on May 6, 2020 at 9:38am  

A daily horror contest and three times Quill winner as stated in the SCREAMS

A Daily Contest Of Horror And A Three Time Quill Award Winner!
#2020439 by Fangus

Posted by Elenawrites on May 4, 2020 at 12:32pm  

An Erotica contest that looks to sizzle, butter my buns can inspire you to write a story, or poem, focusing on the word: carnal. See you there and let inspiration shine!

Butter My Buns Contest  (XGC)
They say to butter your buns might be fun? This is a contest looking to sizzle.
#2220390 by SB Musing

Posted by SB Musing on Apr 28, 2020 at 3:20pm  

Do you have what it takes to define what is inner strength for you? Then come join my new contest! Word of focus to create either a short or poem is the word: overcoming. See you there!

Inner Strength Contest   (18+)
Create a story or a poem focusing on the inner strength it takes to overcome challenges.
#2220382 by SB Musing

Posted by SB Musing on Apr 28, 2020 at 3:19pm  

Challenge your imagination with this contest favorite

Paranormal Romance Short Story Contest  (13+)
A Monthly Romance Contest -- a 2016 Quill Award Winner
#2089860 by Jim Hall

Posted by Bob's Skull Sweat on Apr 15, 2020 at 6:46pm  

I'm re-opening this contest today. But it doesn't officially open until April.

The Monthly Script Writing Contest  (E)
Not just another monthly contest. Instead of Short Stories or Poetry, it's about Scripts.
#2144083 by PureSciFi

Posted by PureSciFi on Mar 30, 2020 at 1:58am  

Try something new! Write a story using lesser-known genre combinations - all ratings accepted. Check it out!

The Genre Blender  (13+)
From The Talent Pond! Try something new using lesser-known genre combinations as prompts!
#2215856 by Boo-rooke

Posted by Boo-rooke on Mar 15, 2020 at 4:19pm  

Ever write a story with no dialogue? Give it a try. It's really fun!

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

Posted by Creepy QPdoll on Mar 8, 2020 at 10:38am  

Items with a higher content rating do not often get the chance to enter contests. For that reason I decided to run a contest just for those 18+, GC and XGC pieces.

Kit'z Higher Ratings Contest  (18+)
A contest for items with a higher content rating.
#887621 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:41pm  

Do you ever sit and wonder what’s outside the universe? Whether or not there is such a thing as free will? What makes nature beautiful... if anything does? If so, this contest is the place for you.

Philosophical Musings  (13+)
A contest for items of a philosophical nature.
#2137339 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:37pm  

Current Prompt: Write an essay about YOU!

Write An Essay About...  (E)
CONTEST: Write Five Paragraphs: an Introduction, three Key Points and a Conclusion.
#2213597 by ruwth

Posted by ruwth on Feb 22, 2020 at 12:54pm  

Not sure you can plow through a full month of journaling prompts? Me neither. That's why 8 is the magic number in this contest that gives you some journaling freedom. Check it out!

 Journalistic Intentions  (18+)
This is for the journal keeping types that come to PLAY!
#2213121 by Elisa: Stik or Treat

Posted by Elisa: Stik or Treat on Feb 20, 2020 at 9:40am  

Come on in, join the fun and enter a contest to benefit the Children of God group here on WDC. We will have new prompts every month!

Angel Wings Benefit Contest  (E)
A monthly contest to benefit the Children of God group to spread good cheer around WDC.
#2204162 by Rhoswen - Goal Reacher

Posted by Rhoswen - Goal Reacher on Jan 1, 2020 at 12:11am  

Dark poets (or even those a bit in the gray area): come join us for our Winter/XMas Round. Three different prompts to choose from. Free-Verse or Form, max of 60 lines and any rating accepted. First place gets a 75k Awardicon!!

Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest  (13+)
Round 40 Week 3 Open for Octoberfest! Featured in the Contest Challenge!
#1971713 by 🌑 Queen of Darkness

Posted by 🌑 Queen of Darkness on Dec 8, 2019 at 7:04pm  

Open to people of all faiths or none. Come on in!

Share Your Faith  (13+)
Are you spiritual? Religious? Or not at all? Can you incorporate this into your writing?
#2204562 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Nov 16, 2019 at 11:15am  

24 Syllables

Can you write a poem in only 24 Syllables?

24 Syllables   (E)
Can you write a poem with only 24 Syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordwitch🎃

Posted by Beholden on Nov 9, 2019 at 7:50pm  

Help us celebrate WDC's 19th Birthday! *Bigsmile* 19K GP daily prize, guest prompters, daily Merit Badges - AND a chance to win 190K GPs!

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best POEM or STORY in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by Sophyween

Posted by Sophyween on Sep 2, 2019 at 6:56pm  

Now Open! Free EXCLUSIVE Merit Badge with 10 Tickets from Shaye's WDC Birthday Arcade. Generous prizes, including a QUILL Nomination to the Winner. Promoting Non-Fiction writing. Like a unicorn so rare, this contest is only seen once in a while... POOF!

The 4 Controversies Contest  (18+)
OPINIONS? Groovy! Try the 4C's Non-Fiction Contest. 3X Quill Winner! NOW OPEN
#2083509 by Whata 4Cs Now Open

Posted by Whata 4Cs Now Open on Sep 2, 2019 at 3:04am  

This is the first contest I have ever hosted. Please let me know if everything makes sense :)

Defeating a God/Goddess Contest  (E)
One-time contest for poetry and prose 250-500 words
#2198450 by K5Rakitan

Posted by K5Rakitan on Aug 17, 2019 at 6:15pm  

Monthly contest with challenging prompts and some exciting prizes!

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
#981150 by SpookyBee

Posted by ₩icked₩itↄӇ of The₩eb on Aug 17, 2019 at 4:41pm  

This contest is just for newbies who have been a member of W.Com for less than six months! 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 - Great prizes!

Newbies ONLY Short Story & Poem Contest  (13+)
OPEN for September submissions.
#1873271 by ~ Sisco ~

Posted by ~ Sisco ~ on Aug 6, 2019 at 9:21pm  

The trick to this contest is to not use the obvious descriptive words. Poems and short fiction accepted.

The Taboo Words Contest  (13+)
create writing that has wings
#2139468 by Chocghostnut ~ Hufflepuffing!

Posted by Chocghostnut ~ Hufflepuffing! on Jun 19, 2019 at 2:53pm  

Can you write me a story or poem in just 140 characters (the length of an old-school tweet)?
1st prize is an exclusive contest merit badge and 5000gps!

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

Posted by Sally on May 19, 2019 at 7:57am  

Weekly random contest! Every week is something new!! Open Now!! Win gift points or an award icon!!

SugarCube's Monthly Random Contest!!  (13+)
A New Contest Every Two Weeks!
#2175732 by IceSkating SugarCube

Posted by IceSkating SugarCube on Nov 26, 2018 at 10:33pm  

Grand Opening: A new contest to test your poetry skills. Write a poem inspired by a fairy tale using the current prompt.

Once Upon A Contest  (E)
A unique contest for fairytale poetry.
#2169810 by Angie Marie Buxman

Posted by Angie Marie Buxman on Sep 21, 2018 at 9:32pm  

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