Here's a sampler of writing contests I have found and participated in:
The Creative Writing Institute has a themed contest which opened July 15 through September 15. Click on the link for more information. there is a $5 entry fee. It must have this sentence in the story "Explain how that happened."
I have taken several of their writing classes too and I believe this is a good one to enter.
WOW Women on Writing This one is open now and closes August 31st. Open prompt 250 -750 words. They also offer writing classes and I believe you will recognize some of the instructors. You can also pay a little extra for a critique of your story. The entry fee is $10 and limited to 300 entrants.
I have taken some of their writing courses and they are very good too.
Writers Weekly 24 hour Fall contest is September 17 . Entry fee $5. This is a fun contest. On September 17 you will be given the theme and word count. You will have 24 hours to write and submit your story.
There are 89 prizes and this too is limited to 500 entrants. I have entered this before and have come up with some interesting new stories.
However, if you are a resident of Colorado, Maryland, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Tennessee. Your state may prohibit your participation in skills-based contests that have an entry fee. If your state prohibits these types of contests, please do not enter. If you wish to participate anyway, your $5 fee will be considered a participation fee but, unfortunately, you will not be eligible to win a prize.
Pockets Annual Fiction writing contest is open until August 15. there is no theme and no entry fee! Word count is 750-1000. Click on the link for more information.
This just in from Charles Suddeth: Green River Writers contest is open until September 30th.I am a Midsouth member & also the Contest Chairman for Green
River Writers of Louisville. For 2016 we have about $1600 total in
prizes in 2 grand prizes and 14 prose & poetry prizes. I
sponsored the only category dedicated to children's writing, but
virtually all of the categories are open to children. This has a low entry fee.
Hope you enjoy and will try some of these out. Let me know if you have participated in any of these and your thoughts on them. Also please feel free to add any other contests that you think are good for writers or illustrators.
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