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5-7-5

Write a 5-7-5 poem on any subject. The only rule is to follow the 5-7-5 syllable count (first line has five syllables, second line has seven, third line has five again).
6 Spots Left    Open To All     
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My Pet's Personality

Tell us what your pet is like. (His/her behaviors might give you a clue.) Personification is allowed, but do keep it family-friendly, please. Poetry only; no prose. If you have a photo, include it, and most of all, have fun!
12 Spots Left    Open To All     
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A Christmas Card Newsletter

Write a Christmas Card Newsletter that can be sent to friends and family about your 2022 year. Write your choice of fiction, nonfiction, prose, or poetry. You must reference FanStory in some way.
4 Spots Left    Open To All     
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Last Call

Arrrgh! You just unexpectedly fell over dead from a heart attack. So sad, but God likes you. He is giving you one last phone call. Tell us who you would call and why? What would you say? Time is short and God is busy, so you have to write this in a hundred words or less.
9 Spots Left    Open To All     
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Quatrain Poetry

A quatrain is a poem that has four lines for each stanza. It usually has rhyme scheme of abab or its variant, xbyb. Click here for an example.
17 Spots Left    30 Days No Win     
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Stop

Write a story of any type. But at some point your character must shout: Stop!
14 Spots Left    30 Days No Win     
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Two Line Poem

Write an essence poem. This is a poem of two lines with six syllables per line, each containing an internal rhyme and an ending rhyme. See the announcement for an example. Cash Prize.
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I Spy

Come on, all you James Bond fans, Mission Impossible aficionados, and Robert Ludlum lovers! Here is your chance to write a spy story with covert international operatives chased by counterintelligence agents. Perhaps an assassin from Mossad is closing in on a terrorist? Minimum of 1,500 words to a max of 4,000 words. The goal is realism - believable characters and situations.
15 Spots Left    Open To All     
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Poetic Scripture

Write a poem about your favorite scripture. Your poem may be any length or style. Reference your chosen scripture in author's notes. Your scripture may inspire you, comfort you, guide you, etc.
12 Spots Left    Open To All     
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Thanksgiving Humor

This is a Thanksgiving Humor poetry contest for poets that have never won a FanStory writing contest. The poem may be rhyme, free form, or light verse, up to 45 lines. Family friendly.
16 Spots Left    No Wins Ever     
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Faith Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story that somehow incorporates your faith or thoughts about how faith guides us in our daily life. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
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Free Verse Poetry Contest

Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline


5-7-5 Poetry Contest

For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
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Four Line Poem

Write a four line poem that has a specific syllable count. The first line has 1 syllable, the second line has 5 syllables, the third line has 5 syllables, and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
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Holiday Limerick Contest

This contest is a holiday-themed limerick poetry contest.
13 Spots Left    Open To All     
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Christmas Poetry

Share a poem about Christmas. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
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Christmas Story

Share a story that somehow involves Christmas. Cash prize to the winner.
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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Write a story using only dialogue. Cash Prize.
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15 Syllable Poem

For this contest you are to write a short poem. The poem should have exactly 15 syllables. You can structure it anyway you choose. But the total syllable count for the completed poem must have exactly 15 syllables total. Cash Prize.
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Faith Poetry Contest

The theme for this poetry contest is "faith". We are looking for poems that in some way pertain to this theme. It doesn't matter if it's spiritual, political, intellectual or emotional as long as faith is clearly represented. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 5th


Non-Fiction Writing Contest

We are looking for personal essays, memoirs, and works of literary non-fiction. It can be spiritual, political, or funny. Creative approaches welcomed. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 7th


100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a flash fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 8th


Tanka Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write a Tanka poem. Tanka is a five line poem that follows a specific syllable count. See the announcement for an example. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 10th


3 Line Poetry Contest

Write a poem that has three lines and a syllable count of either 5-7-5 or 5-7-7. The poem must address a loved one. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 17th


5 Line Poem

Write a five-lined poem that has a specific syllable count to enter this contest. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 21st


Temptation Poetry Contest

Write a poem of any style or length that deals with any aspect of the topic temptation. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 25th


Alone Writing Contest

Write a story where the main character is alone. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jan 29th


Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 150 words. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 4th


Children's Poetry Contest

Can you write a poem that brings a smile to a child? Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 7th


True Story Flash

Write a non-fiction story on any topic that uses exactly 100 words. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 12th


Love Poem Poetry Contest

Write a love poem. Your love poem can be fictional or non-fictional. It can be a humorous or a serious love poem. The choice is yours. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 14th


Write a Crown of Heroic Sonnets

See contest announcement for details
16 Spots Left    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 16th


Write A Script

A screenplay can bring a scene alive with just a little direction and words. Now is your chance to write your own script. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 17th


ABC Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write a ABC poem. ABC poetry has five lines and often is used to express feelings. See the announcement for an example. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 24th


Short(ish) Story Contest

This contest is for longer short stories. Entries must be in the 3,000 to 10,000 word range and should be standalone stories--not chapters of a book.
15 Spots Left    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 28th


Haiku Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines? The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Feb 28th


Dear God

Write to God expressing your most pressing concerns and/or questions believing with all your heart and soul, that He will receive, read and answer you. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 3rd


Write A Rant

Got something that bugs you? It is your turn to rant! Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 8th


6 Word Poetry

Write a poem with only 6 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 10th


Cinquain Poetry

A cinquain poem is a five line poem that follows a specific format. Read the announcement for a sample poem. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 15th


Rhyming Poetry Contest

Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 21st


No Rules Poetry Contest

No rules! Write any type of poem from rhyming to free form. You decide how to write your poem. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 26th


Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 50 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Mar 28th


One Line Poem

Write a monostich poem which is a poem that is only one line. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 2nd


75 Words Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses 75 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 5th


3 Line Poetry Contest

For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 9th


Sci Fi or Fantasy Writing Contest

Write a science fiction or fantasy story. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 12th


Haiku

Can you write a poem with only three lines? Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 15th


Rhyming Poem

Write a poem of any type that has a rhyme. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 20th


8 Words or Less Poem

Write a poem with eight words or less. Your poem must be concise and have impact. Can you do it? Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Apr 26th


Haiku Poetry Contest

Write a 5-7-5 poem for this contest for new members to the site. A 5-7-5 poem is a three line poem. The first line has five syllables. The second line has seven. The third line has five again. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 1st


Loop Poetry Contest

A fun poetry type that requires you to use the last word of each sentence as the starting word of the next sentence. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 6th


Betrayal Poetry Contest

Write a poem in any form or style with betrayal as the central theme. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 10th


Fantasy Writing Contest

Write a fantasy story. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 13th


What Is Love Poetry

Write a free verse poem about love. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 18th


Free Verse Poem

Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 22nd


80 Word Flash Fiction

Write a story on any topic that uses exactly 80 words. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 26th


My Faith Poetry

Share a poem that is about your faith or how faith has impacted your life. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline May 30th


Haiku Poetry Contest

For this contest you are challenged to write a Haiku poem. Haiku is a form of poetry that only uses three lines. Can you paint a mental image using only three lines? Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 3rd


Share Your Story

Write about an event in your life. Share your story. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 5th


Take A Photo Poetry

Go out for a walk and take a camera, smartphone or tablet with you. Snap a picture of something interesting and write a poem about it when you get home. Post the photo along with the poem. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 8th


20 Syllable Poem

Write a poem that has exactly 20 syllables. Any format. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 14th


This Sentence Starts The Story

Write a story that starts with this sentence: The house was empty. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 16th


3-6-9 Poem

This poem has three stanzas. Each stanza has three lines that follows the 3-6-9 syllable count. The first line has 3 syllables, the second line has 6 syllables and the last line 9 syllables. The subject can be anything. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 18th


A First Book Chapter

For this contest share the first chapter of your novel. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 22nd


5-7-5 Poetry Contest

For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 24th


Nonet Poetry Contest

Write a nine line poem for this poetry contest. But you must count syllables. The first line of your poem will have nine syllables. The second line has eight syllables and the third line has seven. This continues until your final line which has one syllable. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jun 30th


Romance Writing Contest

Write a romance story. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 3rd


Share A Story In A Poem

In this contest you are challenged to write a poem that tells a story and also rhymes. We've included examples of this type of poetry storytelling in the announcement. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 7th


Newbie Flash Fiction

For our New Arrival contest we challenge you to write a story that uses exactly 100 words. Title does not count towards the word count. Write about anything with 100 words. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 8th


2-4-2 Poetry

Write a 2-4-2 syllable poem. It has three lines. The first line has 2 syllables, the second line has 4 syllables and the last line 2 syllables. The subject can be anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 11th


Horror Writing Contest

Put your readers on edge or terrorize them for this horror writing contest. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 15th


Free Form Poetry Contest

Write a free verse poem. This is a method of writing poetry that does not follow any structure or style. See an example and details in the announcement. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 19th


True Story Contest

Share a memory from your life. Share a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. This does not have to be a profound memory, but should allow readers insight into your feelings, observations and/or thoughts. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 22nd


5-7-5 Poetry Contest

For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should have only three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. This contest has a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 26th


Western Writing Contest

Write a western story. The winner takes away a cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Jul 31st


Acrostic Poetry Contest

Write an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is a poem where the first letter of each line spells out a word. View an example in the announcement. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Aug 1st


Sonnet Poetry Contest

Just like Shakespeare did, discover the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the Shakespearean sonnet. Cash prize to the winner.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Aug 6th


Lune Poetry Contest

A Lune poem is a short and fun poetry form with only three lines. View the contest announcement for an example. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Aug 12th


Minute Poetry Contest

Write a Minute poem for this contest. A fun poem to write. It follows the "8,4,4,4" syllable count structure. Cash Prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Aug 17th


5-7-5 Poem

For this contest you are to write a short poem. It should only have three lines. But the structure is that of a Haiku. The first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again. Write about anything. Enter for your chance at the cash prize.
Cash Prize    Open To All     
Deadline Aug 22nd


Entering Writing and Poetry Contests

This listing of writing and poetry contests will be updated daily. To enter a contest simply click the button provided when you view the contest announcement. If you are not ready to enter right away you can make a reservation which will save you a spot in a contest. A reservation will also make the contest easy to find when you are ready to enter .

All contests can be entered until the deadline is reached. Give yourself time to enter. And if possible enter at least a few days in advance as you will receive feedback shortly after you enter your contest entry. This feedback can be used to improve your work. You can edit your contest entry at anytime. So your feedback can be used to improve your writing even after you enter the contest. The judges won't read your contest submission until after the deadline has passed.

We recommending reading the contest announcement carefully as there may be requirements in the contest. For example, you may be required to count syllables or use certain words.