Writing Contests Are Amazing Practice

Writing contests are some of the best writing practice you can get.

We’ve found that if writing contests are set up the right way, participating in them can be life changing. That’s why four times a year, we partner with literary magazines to host writing contests, giving away over $5,000 in prizes and publishing hundreds of writers for the first time.

$1,000s in Prizes

To the victor go the spoils. When it comes to writing contests, we believe it’s about the experience more than what you win. But that doesn’t mean prizes don’t make things more fun! Since our first writing contest, we’ve given over $10,000 in prizes to writers.

Every Writer Gets Published

Your writing deserves attention, whether it’s a winning story or not. That’s why we’ve made the bold choice to work with literary magazines to publish every entry to our contests, whether your story wins or not. If you want to get published, you’ll get published.


Includes Writing Critiques

Our writing contests aren’t about winners and losers. They’re about working together to become better writers. That’s why before you submit your writing to the judges, you’ll share it in our critiquing community, ensuring you get the feedback you need to make your writing better.

Become a Better Writer Faster

To become a better writer, you need to practice writing deliberately. Deliberate practice requires two things: focus and feedback. That’s what you’ll get in this contest, giving you the chance to grow as a writer faster than ever. Plus, it’s really fun!

Winter Writing Contest

Our Winter Writing Contest is now closed. Check back soon to read the stories!

  • Prizes: Over $1,200 in prizes
  • ThemeCountdown. Your character has a deadline. It might be a cancer prognosis giving him 6 months to live, a blackmailer giving her twenty-four hours to comply before a secret is revealed, a few more minutes until the clock strikes midnight and his one true love vanishes, or something else entirely. Whatever the case, your character is racing against the clock. Tell a story with a countdown.
  • Registration deadline: Tuesday, October 24
  • First draft deadline: Monday, October 30

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Useful Resources for Writing Contests