Creative Writing Contest with a Big Cash Prize

Creative writing contests with big cash prizes like the ones below can provide a real step up for writers. My own career was jumpstarted by a contest, after I submitted a sample of my unpublished novel to the Chapters/Robertson Davies contest for unpublished novelists. I’ll never forget the thrill of excitement I felt when they contacted me and said that I was one of six hundred writers invited to submit the entire novel.

I decided right then that if my novel went any further in the contest, I’d use that honour to find an agent, and I began my research. When the shortlist of five novels was announced, and mine was on the list, I contacted the agent I had chosen, and she signed me and had a publisher interested within two weeks. I was giddy with excitement. If I won the contest, I’d be published with McClelland and Stewart and receive an advance on royalties. If I went no further than the shortlist, I’d be published with HarperCollins and receive a larger advance on royalties.

I never won the contest, but I won a career all the same. So seek out creative writing contests and send your best work, as winning means publication and often payment.

I’ll include creative writing contests and their deadlines here as I become aware of them, so send in your entries, and good luck!

Current FICTION Writing Contests

DECEMBER Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE DECEMBER 15, 2010:
    Lilith Magazine Annual Fiction Contest Prize: $250
  2. DEADLINE DECEMBER 17, 2010:
    RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers
    Prize: $300
  3. DEADLINE DECEMBER 18, 2010:
    100 Words or Fewer Writing Contest Prize: $500
  4. DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2010:
    Dream Quest One Writing Contest
    Prize: $500
  5. DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2010:
    Freefall Annual Prose Contest
    Prize: $300
  6. DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2010:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300
  7. DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2010:
    Dark Tales Short Story Competition
    Prize: £500
  8. DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2010:
    Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
    Prize: £250

JANUARY Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE JANUARY 14, 2011:
    Chapter One International Short Story Competition
    Prize: £2500
  2. DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2011:
    Central Coast Writers Branch Spring 2011 Writing Contest
    Prize: $500
  3. DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2011:
    Literal Latte Fiction Award
    Prize: $1000
  4. DEADLINE JANUARY 15, 2011:
    Richard Bausch Short Fiction Prize
    Prize: $400
  5. DEADLINE JANUARY 22, 2011:
    WritersWeekly 24 Hour Short Story Contest
    Prize: $300
  6. DEADLINE JANUARY 28, 2011:
    PRISM International Short Fiction Contest
    Prize: $2000
  7. DEADLINE JANUARY 30, 2011:
    Writers’ Journal Fiction Contest
    Prize: $500
  8. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    American Kennel Club Fiction Writing Contest
    Prize: $500
  9. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    Iowa Review Fiction Award Prize: $1000
  10. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award
    Prize: $1200
  11. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    New Millenium Award for Fiction & Short Short Fiction
    Prize: $1000
  12. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300

FEBRUARY Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15, 2011:
    Summer Literary Seminars Writing Contest Prize: Publication in Walrus, Airfare, Housing
  2. DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2011:
    Leaf Books Collaboration Competition
    Prize: £150
  3. DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2010:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300

MARCH Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2011:
    Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize
    Prize: $1000
  2. DEADLINE MARCH 15, 2011:
    World’s Best Short Story Contest Prize: $500
  3. DEADLINE MARCH 20, 2011:
    International Fish Flash Fiction Contest
    Prize: €1000
  4. DEADLINE MARCH 31, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300
  5. DEADLINE March 31, 2011:
    Exeter Writers’ Short Story Competition
    Prize: £250
  6. DEADLINE MARCH 31, 2011:
    Bristol Short Story Prize
    Prize: £1000

APRIL Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2011:
    Grain Magazine Short fiction contest Prize: $1000
  2. DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2011:
    First Writer Short Story Contest Prize: £200
  3. DEADLINE APRIL 24, 2011:
    Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children Competition Prize: $1500
  4. DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300
  5. DEADLINE APRIL 30, 2011:
    Canadian Writer’s Journal Semi-Annual Short Fiction Contest
    Prize: $150

MAY Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE MAY 1, 2011:
    The Malahat Review Far Horizons award for short fiction Prize: $1000
  2. DEADLINE MAY 9, 2011
    Biscuit International Short Story Prize
    Prize: £1500
  3. DEADLINE MAY 15, 2011
    Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition Prize: $1000
  4. DEADLINE MAY 31, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300

JUNE Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2010:
    Flash 500 Flash Fiction Contest
    Prize: £250
  2. DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300

JULY Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE JULY 31, 2011:
    Fulton Prize for Short Fiction
    Prize: $400
  2. DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300

AUGUST Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE AUGUST 1, 2011:
    John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award Prize: $2000
  2. DEADLINE AUGUST 31, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300
  3. DEADLINE AUGUST 31, 2011:
    TextNovel Online Serial Novel Contest
    Prize: $1000

SEPTEMBER Creative Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2010:
    Flash 500 Flash Fiction Contest
    Prize: £250
  2. DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2011:
    Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
    Prize: £300

OCTOBER Creative Writing Contests

DEADLINE OCTOBER 31, 2011:
Writers’ Forum Short Story Contest
Prize: £300

Creative NON-FICTION Writing Contests

  1. DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30, 2010:
    Prairie Fire Creative nonfiction contest Prize: $1250
  2. DEADLINE NOVEMBER 30, 2010:
    Prism Literary Non-fiction Contest
    Prize: $1500
  3. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    Iowa Review Non-fiction Award Prize: $1000
  4. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    Dame Lisbet Throckmorton Fiction Writing Contest
    Prize: $500
  5. DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2011:
    New Millennium Writings Non-fiction Award
    Prize: $1000
  6. DEADLINE MARCH 15, 2011:
    The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest Prize: $500

Post Creative Writing Contests Here

Are you administrating a fiction or creative non-fiction contest? If so, you may post the details here.

I will review them, and if accepted, they will go ‘live’ a day or two after you submit.

GUIDELINES FOR POSTING

  1. Post fiction and creative non-fiction writing contests only; all others will be deleted
  2. Please begin with your contest deadline in uppercase letters, followed by the contest name and the prize amount as shown in other listings
  3. Post the URL that links to the contest information in the text box
  4. List the 1st prize amount; submissions with no prize amount will be deleted
  5. 1st Prize must be $200 or more
  6. Prizes must be guaranteed

You may post as many contests as you like, but please post each contest separately, and only once during the contest period.

Thank you!

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  1. ardhan
    07/12/2010 at 6:21 PM - Reply

    makasih banyak infonya… thanks

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