Free Writing Contests and Events: April 2020

Welcome to my Calendar of free writing contests! Subscribe to the once-a-month newsletter to get updated when this list posts! Dates posted are DUE DATES, unless it is a one-day event. Follow @writevent or search #writevent to see all upcoming contests on Twitter.

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Short Stories

Creative Nonfiction

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


Includes poetry collections and chapbooks.

Flash Fiction

Novels and Books (All Ages)

For Published Writers

Contests for those who have published short stories, essays, novels, or 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 we could find).



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

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