Free Writing Contests and Events: February 2020

Welcome to my Calendar of free writing contests! Subscribe to the once-a-month newsletter here to get updated when this list posts!

Dates posted are usually DUE DATES, or the exact dates of one-day events. Follow  @writevent or search #writevent to see all upcoming contests on Twitter. Or check out these lists for monthly, weekly, or future contests:

 Short Stories

Personal Essays/Short Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction only. List does not include informative scholarship essays, articles, or journalism.


Includes poetry collections and chapbooks. 

Flash Fiction

Novels and Collections (Fiction/Nonfiction)

See the poetry section for poetry collection/chapbook contests.


For picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels by adult authors. See “Youth” for contests for young authors.

  • None this month (that I could find).

For Published Writers

Includes those who have published short stories, essays, novels, and poetry. Submission may or may not be the published work itself, depending on the contest. Does not include contests requiring the publisher to submit.

  • None this month (that I could find).



Does not include student scholarship essays, unless they are creative nonfiction.

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