Katara receives more than 1,800 entries in English writing competitions
The competition was launched in support of the government’s stay-at-home policy. A total of 1,138 entries were received in the student category and 693 entries in the adult category. There were participants from 83 countries residing in Qatar. There were 39 Qataris among the participants. The majority of the participants came from India, the Philippines, the United States, Britain, Egypt, Pakistan, Jordan and Lebanon.
The topics of the competitions were Working from Home (for adults) and Studying from Home (for students) and were launched when the government announced a partial lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
General Manager of Katara Cultural Village Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti praised in a statement the overwhelming response to the competition as people look to take advantage of the time they are spending at home.
He added that the winning entries will be selected by a panel of highly competent judges. The first, second and third prizes in both categories carry cash awards of QR 10,000, QR 7,000 and QR 5,000 respectively. Katara has also decided to give seven consolation prizes in each category considering the huge number of participants. Also, the best entries selected by the judges will be published in a book by the Katara Publishing House.
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Children’s Writing Challenge: Qatar Before You Were Born
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For this writing challenge, children ages 9 to 12 can write a story of 300 to 500 words on the theme "Qatar in a time before you were born." It can be fact or fiction, but stories must be set in Qatar and should include some or all of these elements: imaginative ideas, memorable characters and an exciting plot.
We will select three stories to be shared on the Library’s social media channels!
Enter your story by sending it to [email protected] before 21 December 2020. Children with special needs may participate by including the phrase “special challenge” in the submission.
- We will accept the first 100 entries, and the priority is for the first 50 participants in each language who submit their work before the closing date.
- The child must write his/her name, age and hobbies along with the submission.
- The story can be fact or fiction, but it must be set in Qatar.
- The word count is between 300 and 500 words.
- The submitted story should be written in a Word document.
- who submit their work before the closing date.
- The competition is open to children ages 9 to 12.
- The writing pieces should be sent to [email protected]
Terms for the Special Challenge:
Children with special needs can participate in this challenge under the following terms:
- There will be 30 total participants.
- Write the child's name, age and school stage, and add the phrase "special challenge" to the child’s information so it will be evaluated separately.
- Participants can draw the story’s events without being restricted by a word count so that the drawing is inspired by the child's imagination and commensurate with the visual prompt.
- The story must be drawn on unlined A4 paper and not exceed two pages.
- Send a clear scan of the child's work to [email protected]
- Entries must be submitted before the closing date of the challenge.
- Challenge starts on 10 December 2020.
- Submissions will be accepted starting on 15 December.
- The deadline is 21 December.
- Beginning 12 January, we will announce the top three writers on the Library's social media channels and feature their stories with their bios. For special needs challenge, the top 3 winners will be announced and their drawings will be also featured on social media.
The winners will be featured on Instagram @QNL_children.
Date: 10 – 21 December 2020
Language: Arabic and English
Target Audience: Children ages 9 – 12
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HBKU Press Organizes Creative Writing Competition: ‘Palestine, the Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination’
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press (HBKU Press) is a proud organizer of a creative writing competition open to students at preparatory and secondary levels within Qatar and abroad. The theme of the competition, ‘Palestine, the Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination,’ is a tribute to the resilience and faith of the Palestinian people amid their ongoing struggles. Students are invited to express themselves through any literary medium, including prose, poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.
“HBKU Press is proud to initiate such an important and educational literary initiative,” said Bachar Chebaro, Executive Director of HBKU Press. “This is not the first time we have organized such an initiative, as we firmly believe in the power of literature, creativity, and community. We are opening this competition to students from around the world to express themselves during this time of great difficulty, and hope to foster international solidarity and support for Palestine through innovative expression.”
Literature is a powerful device for learning and expression. It is with this belief that HBKU Press has chosen Palestine as its theme for the competition in simultaneous acknowledgement and celebration of their endurance and inspiring determination to persevere. The publishing house strongly believes in the talent and potential of youths to become the thoughtful, compassionate writers, educators, and leaders of the future that will prevent the ongoing humanitarian crisis from repeating itself. Students who wish to take part in the competition are welcome to communicate their thoughts and feelings in either Arabic or English, and are encouraged to use this competition as an opportunity to enrich their vocabulary and literary writing skills. To apply, eligible students will need to visit the HBKU Press website and complete an application form as well as submit their writing for evaluation. The last day to apply for the competition is January 18, 2024.
HBKU Press will select the top three literary submissions within each school level, with the winners awarded a prize of 1,000 Qatari Riyals and an exciting collection of best-selling books.
3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum October 2023 Events
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- Date: 7 October 2023 - 31 October 2023
- Time: 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
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- Price: Participate - It's free!
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: https://321qosm.org.qa/en/
Qatar Museums continue to engage the public with a diverse roster of public programming throughout October, featuring art workshops, reading clubs, drop-in family sessions, and design workshops for children.
This October, 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum will run its regular guided tours for school children and will also hold a writing competition and weekly storytelling sessions.
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3-2-1 QOSM will hold a storytelling session every Saturday in October for children aged 7-11. The sessions are in Arabic and English and are held from 4 pm to 5 pm.
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A guided tour that offers schools and students a comprehensive overview of the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum and its permanent galleries, every Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 11 am.
This tour explores a variety of topics, covering the following permanent galleries: A Global History of Sport, The Olympics, Hall of Athletes, Global Sports Nation, and Qatar Sports Culture.
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Deadline: 31 October | 9 am to 12 pm
QOSM invites all students from Grades 7 to 9 to show off their writing skills and express their experiences and observations in its inaugural, annual creative contest, 321 Write. The topic is “Qatar as a Hosting Nation for Sports Events” and is open to Grade 7 to 9 students.
If you are interested in registering for any of the workshops at 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, please register by emailing [email protected] or visit 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum 's website.
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3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum (QOSM) Learning & Outreach team is pleased to announce the launch of its first annual creative writing contest.
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QOSM invites all students from Grades 7-9 to show off their writing skills and express their experiences and observations in its inaugural, annual creative contest, 321 Write.
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“Qatar as a Hosting Nation for Sports Events”
Qatar has emerged as a hosting nation for major sports events. From its hospitality to its fascinating stadiums it has become a destination for sports as it captured the world's attention for its impressive tournaments. Looking through Qatar’s past world-class sports experiences and upcoming events, share your thoughts on Qatar’s achievements, lasting legacy and excellence in sportsmanship.
Please read the following rules carefully before submitting your entry:
- Short stories/articles must be between 400 - 500 words
- All work must be in Arabic or English
- Each student must fill in a registration form to enter the competition
- Competition is for all students from Grade 7, Grade 8 and Grade 9
- Each school can enter the competition with only two submissions . If a school submits more than two submissions the school will not receive a participation certificate
- A short story/article must be on the selected theme and should have not been previously published
- The short story/article should be the original work of the student and not copied from anywhere
- Students can submit 1-2 images or illustrations related to the short story
- All submissions must be typed and shared electronically at [email protected] along with the registration form
- All works submitted will be published and printed in 321 QOSM School Magazine with student and school name
- The first three winners will be awarded
- Participation certificates will be given to all the participants
- You may begin submitting from September 10 – October 31 2023
- Any submission after October 31 2023 will not be accepted
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Katara announces winners of Covid stay-at-home writing competitions
DOHA : Katara Cultural Village has announced the results of the Covid stay-at-home writing competitions it organised recently. More than 1,800 entries were received in the competitions held in two categories - for adults and students - on the themes of ‘Working from Home’ and ‘Studying from Home’, respectively.
In the Working from Home category, Chad Martin, a Canadian citizen, won the first prize; Jan Xavier Pacle (Philippines), won the second prize and Matthias Krug (Germany), the third prize.
In the Studying from Home category, Shahd Ashawesh (British national, Doha College) won the first prize; Joshua Hackett (Italian national, Qatar Finland International School) won the second prize, and Kari Louise Sparrock (British national, American School of Doha) the third prize.
The first, second and third prizes in both categories carry cash awards of QR10,000, QR7,000 and QR5,000, respectively.
Katara is also giving seven consolation prizes in each category.
In the Working from Home category, the consolation prize winners are: Emma Rogers (New Zealand), Mohammad Azhar Abbas (Pakistan), Sandra Negreira (Britain), Megha Mariam George (India), Samantha Clare Elemento (Philippines), Peter Pearce (Britain) and Masaba Obaid Abdulla (Pakistan).
In the Studying from Home category, the consolation prize winners are: Zuha Imran (Pakistan International School); Dena El Fahal (English Modern School); Mariam Erradi (Hayat School); Hassan Syed Mohd (DPS-MODERN India School); Shayan Raza Kashif Abbas (The Next Generation School); Sara Hamamieh (Blyth Academy Qatar) and Inas Binti Mohd Amin (Al-Khor International School). All the winners were selected by a panel of judges.
“When the world is going through a period of severe crisis due to Covid pandemic, we organized these competitions to give an opportunity to people to share their experiences and thus motivate themselves and the community. The response we received was overwhelming and shows that the community is facing this crisis with optimism and resilience,” said Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, General Manager of Katara Cultural Village.
“It was extremely difficult for the judges to decide the winners because several entries were of very high quality and well-written. Unfortunately, we can give only a limited number of prizes,” Khalid Al-Sayed, head of the Competitions Committee, said.
“The creativity and writing skills of several participants, especially students, were amazing. From the entries, we realise that people have appreciated the efforts taken by the government to fight the Covid 19 and students are very keen to go back to their schools. The huge response will encourage us to organise more such competitions and events in the future,” Khalid Al-Sayed said.
A total of 1,831 entries were received in two categories of the competitions which were open to all citizens and residents of Qatar with valid residence permits. A total of 1,138 entries were received in the student category and 693 entries in the adult category.
There were participants of 83 nationalities, of which students were of 66 nationalities and adults of 52 nationalities.
This is the second time Katara is organising a writing competition in English for the community. It had recently organised a creative writing workshop and shorty story completion for students of English-medium schools in Qatar.
Katara also organises Arabic fiction awards, which is held annually and is the biggest prize of its kind in the Middle East region both in prize money and the number of participants. The prize-winning novels are also translated into English and French.
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Qatar University Announces the Launch of The World Cup Short Story Writer Competition
Launched by the Department of Arabic Language in the College of Arts and Sciences
The Department of Arabic Language at the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University (QU) announced the holding of a short story competition on the topic of (Football World Cup) for female students.
The competition aims to explore the literary talents and creative abilities of female students to enhance them with courses and workshops held for those who wish them, and to direct female students towards writing in the classical language, in addition to creating an atmosphere of positive competition among female students and pushing them to improve their writing and develop their skills on a continuous basis to be able to compete.
Those wishing to participate must meet the following conditions: that the student is the writer of the short story and participate in it in her name, that the short story be innovative, that the subject of the FIFA World Cup and its positive impact on society, the story has not been previously published or participated in competitions The length of the story should not exceed 3000 words and not be less than 1000 words.
The first three winners will be awarded cash vouchers; the first prize (vouchers equivalent to 3000 QR), the second prize (vouchers equivalent to 2000 QR), the third prize (vouchers equivalent to 1000 QR).
Entries should be sent to Dr. Falah Ibrahim Nassif, Chairman of the Student Activities Committee, at the following email: [email protected]. The deadline for receiving entries is November 3, 2022, and the winning stories will be announced on November 13, 2022.
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QU launches World Cup short story writing contest
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The Department of Arabic Language at the College of Arts and Sciences at Qatar University (QU) has announced a short story competition on the topic ‘Football World Cup’ for female students.
The competition aims to explore the literary talents and creative abilities of female students and to direct female students towards writing in the classical language, in addition to creating an atmosphere of positive competition among the students and encourage them to improve their writing skills on a continuous basis to be able to compete.
Those wishing to participate must meet the following conditions: the student must be the writer of the short story and participate in with her name, the short story must be innovative, the subject must focus on FIFA World Cup and its positive impact on society, the story must not have been previously published or participated in competitions, and the story should not exceed 3,000 words and not be less than 1000 words.
The first three winners will be awarded cash vouchers of QR3,000, 2,000 and 1,000 for the first, second and third positions respectively.
Entries should be sent to Dr Falah Ibrahim Nassif, chairman of the Student Activities Committee, at the following email: [email protected] . The deadline for receiving entries is November 3, 2022, and the winning stories will be announced on November 13, 2022.
Qatar Foundation provides novel opportunities for youth during the World Cup
Qatar Foundation hosted an Arabic poetry writing competition that gave young people the opportunity to serve as Wanda FIFA Flag Bearers at the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM in Al Bayt Stadium, as well as to recite their work at the D’reesha Performing Arts Festival, taking place in Education City’s Oxygen Park.
The competition, held in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar and under the theme “Marhaba – Qatar Welcomes the World”, was designed to celebrate the Arabic language in honor of the World Cup taking place in the Middle East for the first time.
Divided into three age categories the first place winners for each category were:
- Wessam Al Rawy, a student at Amr Ibn Al-Aas Secondary School for Boys won the 16 – 17-year-old category
- Ragaa Hamdy, a student at Rabaa Al Adawiya Secondary for Girls, took first place in the 14 – 15-year-old categor
- Jana Ahmed Al Said from Roqaya Preparatory School for Girls, placed first in the 12 –13-year-old category.
The three winners were then given the opportunity through a partnership between Wanda Group, the Chinese conglomerate and FIFA partner, and Qatar Foundation (QF) to carry the ceremonial FIFA flag onto the pitch at the opening game of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM , before the teams from Qatar and Ecuador took the field.
“I was eager to participate in D’reesha’s Arabic Poetry Competition and share my poem as a way to give back to the country where I was born and have lived my whole life,” said Al Rawy. “I’m proud to have made it this far with my first attempt in poetry writing. It has boosted my self-confidence and encouraged me to continue writing.
“I was honored to have had the chance to carry the FIFA flag to the pitch, and I will cherish this memory.”
Highlighting QF’s continuous efforts to empower its students and community members through self-expression, Aljazi Al-Henzab, Community Program Manager at QF, said: “As we worked on delivering the D’reesha Performing Arts Festival, it was important for us to highlight poetry as one of the earliest uses of language in Arab history.
“This competition, which represents one of our initiatives to provide the youth with opportunities to express themselves in creative ways in Arabic, gave the young students a platform to discover their potential."
“Our partner Wanda played an instrumental role in providing the winners and runner ups with a unique experience and opportunity to shine on the pitches of Qatar stadiums in this once in a lifetime event, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ .”
Basmala Mohamed Fouad, a student at Arwa Bint Abd Almotaleb Secondary School for Girls; Alaa Ashraf Salem, a student at Amna Bint Wahab School for Girls; and Yazan Abdel Kader Amin, a student at Osama Bin Zaid Preparatory School for Boys, were the runner ups of the D’reesha Arabic Poetry Competition, and were given the opportunity to carry FIFA flags for a group stage match during the tournament.
What is the D'reesha Performing Arts Festival?
QF’s D’reesha Performing Arts Festival which kicked-off on December 11 will conclude on December 17. Held under the theme ‘Travel and Adventure’, it will showcase a variety of performances in Arabic and English, from music and poetry to visual arts and theater, with the new D’reesha of Invention showcasing scientists, scholars, and researchers from the Arab world.
Open to all, tickets for the D'reesha Performing Arts Festival can be purchased from Virgin Megastores website . To find out more about the D'reesha Perming Arts Festival visit the Qatar Foundation website .
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Palestine: Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination Creative Writing Competition
26 november 2023 - 18 january 2024.
Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press is pleased to organize a creative writing competition limited to students in the secondary and preparatory levels only. Under the theme ‘Palestine: Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination.’ This initiative is a tribute to the struggle and resilience of the Palestinian people, as well as a call for talent and creativity. This competition aims to provide students with the opportunity to express themselves and their feelings about what is happening in Palestine today. It also aims to encourage the ability of students to write short stories, personal thoughts and essays, poetry, or any other form of creative writing. It aims to contribute to the development of skills in literary expression and writing, as well as provide an opportunity for vocabulary enrichment. As well as to strengthen the relationship between the home and the school within Qatar, and establish a practice beyond publishing books to discovering, developing, and nurturing talent.
HBKU Press will be awarding the top three applicants from each age group a prize of QR1,000 as well as a collection of best-selling books.
For more information regarding the competition and its terms and conditions, visit hbkupress.
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Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest
Arizona Mystery Writers
Every year the Arizona Mystery Writers hosts the Jim Martin Memorial Story Contest. Naturally, since we’re the Arizona Mystery Writers, we want a mystery story, but we’re flexible about the boundaries of that category, and we also accept thrillers and suspense stories. It doesn’t matter if your story’s characters are in outer space, riding horses, or living underground. Costumes and settings don’t matter as long as the story is a mystery, thriller, or suspense tale as described.
2nd: $100 | 3rd: $75
Deadline: August 01, 2024
Fiction, Mystery, Short Story
Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers
University of Tulsa
The Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers honor the work of writers at the beginning of their careers. $500 prizes will be awarded in both the fiction and poetry categories, and the winning manuscripts will appear in the spring issue of Nimrod. Winners will have the chance to work with the Nimrod board of editors to refine and edit their manuscripts before publication.
Deadline: July 15, 2024
HG Wells Short Story Competition
HG Wells Competition
There are two different competitions in 2024: one for those 21 and under, and one for those over 21. The competition for those 21 and under is free to enter and has a prize of £1,000 for the winning entry. All shortlisted entries will also be published in a quality, professionally published paperback anthology.
Under 21: £1,000 | Over 21: £500
Deadline: July 08, 2024
Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Story
42 Miles Press Poetry Award
42 Miles Press
The 42 Miles Press Poetry Award was created in an effort to bring urgent and original voices to the poetry reading public. The prize is offered annually to any poet writing in English, including poets who have never published a full-length book as well as poets who have published several. New and Selected collections of poems are also welcome.
Deadline: June 15, 2024
Tusculum Review Nonfiction Chapbook Prize
The Tusculum Review
A prize of $1,000, publication of the essay in The Tusculum Review’s 20th Anniversary Issue (2024), and creation of a limited edition stand-alone chapbook with original art is awarded. Editors of The Tusculum Review and contest judge Mary Cappello will determine the winner of the 2024 prize.
Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize
Marsh Hawk Press
Beginning December 1, 2023, Marsh Hawk Press is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts to the annual Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prizes. Deadline is April 30, 2024. We welcome submissions from emerging as well as established poets. The winner of the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize receives $1,000.00, book publication and promotion. Winners of the Robert Creeley and Rochelle Ratner prizes, selected from finalists, receive $250.00 each.
$1000 + publication
Maggie Award for Prepublished Writers
Georgia Romance Writers
The purpose of the Prepublished Maggie Award for Excellence is to encourage, recognize, and reward the mastery of romance writing by Prepublished authors of romantic fiction. The Maggie Award is a symbol of achievement given by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) to bring special attention to these writers. The Maggie Award, a silver medallion commissioned by GRW, receives national attention.
Fiction, Novel, Romance
Fabula Press Short Story Contest
Fabula Press’ annual short story competition has two segments – a free section, and a paid section. At least 3 submissions from the free section will be selected for publication in the Fabula Press Anthology and on the Fabula Press website; for paid submissions, at least twelve entries will be included in the anthology on the website. There is no theme for our contests; also, barring a few exceptions, we are flexible about genre
2nd: $250 | 3rd: $100 | Stories selected for publication: $75
Deadline: June 07, 2024
Maggie Award for Published Writers
The purpose of the Published Maggie Award for Excellence is to recognize the achievements of published authors of romantic fiction. The Maggie Award is a symbol of achievement given by the Georgia Romance Writers (GRW) to bring special attention to these authors. The Maggie, a silver medallion commissioned by GRW, receives national attention. Books will be ranked by librarians, booksellers, and other professionals in the publishing industry.
Creative Nonfiction Prize
Send us one creative nonfiction piece, up to 5000 words, for a chance at $1000 + publication. This year's contest will be judged by Lars Horn.
Deadline: March 31, 2024
Essay, Fiction, Non-fiction
Indiana Review Poetry Prize
For our Poetry Prize, send no more than three poems in a single document. The winner will be awarded $1000 and publication in an upcoming issue of Indiana Review. This year's contest will be judged by Oliver Baez Bendorf.
Self-Publishing Literary Awards
Through this contest, the BCALA honors the best self-published ebooks by an African American author in the U.S. in both fiction and poetry genres. These awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in the presentation of the cultural, historical and sociopolitical aspects of the Black Diaspora. The purpose is to encourage the artistic expression of the African American experience via literature and scholarly research including biographical, historical, and social history treatments by African Americans.
Deadline: February 29, 2024
Fiction, Non-fiction, Novel, Poetry
Jane Martin Poetry Prize
The Jane Martin Poetry Prize is a national poetry competition, established in 2010, in memory of Girton alumna, Jane Elizabeth Martin (1978 Classics) through the generous support of Professor Sir Laurence Martin. Now in its 14th year, this national prize for young poets is a key part of the College’s support for poetry and will be of interest to all those who are serious about literary excellence. The competition is judged by experts drawn from across the literary world and academia. We are thrilled that this year the panel will be led by two judges – Abigail Parry and Bohdan Piasecki.
Deadline: March 15, 2024
Inception 2024: $500 for Best Opening
Sunspot Literary Journal
Beginnings have the power to spark passion or curiosity. They might immediately connect a specific place and time with an emotional tone. The best openings offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping, and hints at more to come. Meaning, thoughtfulness, emotions, or tone draw audiences into the moment. For Sunspot Lit’s Inception contest, send your best opening. There are no restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece or collection from which the excerpt comes.
Elegant Literature's Award For New Writers
One of the largest awards open to unpublished writers, and the only one closed to professionals. We are the first magazine to pay pro rates and only accept submissions from new writers, putting over $100k into the hands of emerging talent around the globe. One new writer receives the grand prize. We also choose the best stories, pay the authors professional rates, and publish them in our magazine.
Paid publication, 25 x $20 USD | Free entry to Novelist Accelerator
Crime, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Humor, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Short Story, Thriller, Young Adult, Flash Fiction, Science Writing
The Pinch Literary Awards & Page Prize
The Pinch Literary Journal
The 2023 Pinch Literary Awards accepts poetry and fiction. The 2023 Page Prize accepts non-fiction.
$2000 for poetry & fiction winners
$1000 for Page Prize winner
Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Non-fiction
Novel Fair 2025
Irish Writers Centre
Now in its 13th year, the Novel Fair is an annual competition initiated by the Irish Writers Centre. Described by The Irish Times as ‘A Dragons’ Den for writers’, each year the Fair introduces twelve up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of industry professionals.
Present your novel to leading publishers and agents at the Irish Writers Centre
The Heartland Review Open Calls
The Heartland Review
Founded in 2000, The Heartland Review (ISSN: 2473-9545) is published in the spring and fall as an imprint of The Heartland Review Press. Our biannual journal publishes fiction, creative nonfiction/fiction, and poetry of any all subcategories, styles, and voices. Our writers have ranged in age from 15 to 80+ from around the world. We consider established writers as well as emerging writers. In the past we have reserved space for student writers and emerging artists. We are currently accepting poetry.
Publication in The Heartland Review
Deadline: April 15, 2024
High School Academic Research Competition
Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal
The High School Academic Research Competition is where talented students from around the world compete to publish high-quality research on any topic. SARC challenges students to sharpen their critical thinking skills, immerse themselves in the research process, and hone their writing skills for success.
Indigo Research Intensive Summer Program
Deadline: March 20, 2024
Annual Student Essay Contest
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
For this year’s Essay Contest, we are asking students to think about why the story of the Oklahoma City bombing is important today.
Deadline: March 04, 2024
Best Travel Writing
Extraordinary stories about travel and the human spirit have been the cornerstones of our books since 1993. With the Solas Awards we honor writers whose work inspires others to explore. We’re looking for the best stories about travel and the world. Funny, illuminating, adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. We hope these awards will be a catalyst for those who love to leave home and tell others about it.
Deadline: September 21, 2024
Creative Writing Award for Short Fiction
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award celebrates outstanding writers. The Award was launched after the publication of Aesthetica Magazine, as a way to support the next generation of literary talent. The Creative Writing Award is open to Poetry and Short Fiction submissions on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.
Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual | A five-day course from Arvon | Consultation with Redhammer Management | Six-week writing short stories course from Curtis Brown Creative
Discover the finest writing contests of 2024 for fiction and non-fiction authors — including short story competitions, essay writing competitions, poetry contests, and many more. Updated weekly, these contests are vetted by Reedsy to weed out the scammers and time-wasters. If you’re looking to stick to free writing contests, simply use our filters as you browse.
Why you should submit to writing contests
Submitting to poetry competitions and free writing contests in 2024 is absolutely worth your while as an aspiring author: just as your qualifications matter when you apply for a new job, a writing portfolio that boasts published works and award-winning pieces is a great way to give your writing career a boost. And not to mention the bonus of cash prizes!
That being said, we understand that taking part in writing contests can be tough for emerging writers. First, there’s the same affliction all writers face: lack of time or inspiration. Entering writing contests is a time commitment, and many people decide to forego this endeavor in order to work on their larger projects instead — like a full-length book. Second, for many writers, the chance of rejection is enough to steer them clear of writing contests.
But we’re here to tell you that two of the great benefits of entering writing contests happen to be the same as those two reasons to avoid them.
When it comes to the time commitment: yes, you will need to expend time and effort in order to submit a quality piece of writing to competitions. That being said, having a hard deadline to meet is a great motivator for developing a solid writing routine.
Think of entering contests as a training session to become a writer who will need to meet deadlines in order to have a successful career. If there’s a contest you have your eye on, and the deadline is in one month, sit down and realistically plan how many words you’ll need to write per day in order to meet that due date — and don’t forget to also factor in the time you’ll need to edit your story!
For tips on setting up a realistic writing plan, check out this free, ten-day course: How to Build a Rock-Solid Writing Routine.
In regards to the fear of rejection, the truth is that any writer aspiring to become a published author needs to develop relatively thick skin. If one of your goals is to have a book traditionally published, you will absolutely need to learn how to deal with rejection, as traditional book deals are notoriously hard to score. If you’re an indie author, you will need to adopt the hardy determination required to slowly build up a readership.
The good news is that there’s a fairly simple trick for learning to deal with rejection: use it as a chance to explore how you might be able to improve your writing.
In an ideal world, each rejection from a publisher or contest would come with a detailed letter, offering construction feedback and pointing out specific tips for improvement. And while this is sometimes the case, it’s the exception and not the rule.
Still, you can use the writing contests you don’t win as a chance to provide yourself with this feedback. Take a look at the winning and shortlisted stories and highlight their strong suits: do they have fully realized characters, a knack for showing instead of telling, a well-developed but subtly conveyed theme, a particularly satisfying denouement?
The idea isn’t to replicate what makes those stories tick in your own writing. But most examples of excellent writing share a number of basic craft principles. Try and see if there are ways for you to translate those stories’ strong points into your own unique writing.
Finally, there are the more obvious benefits of entering writing contests: prize and publication. Not to mention the potential to build up your readership, connect with editors, and gain exposure.
Resources to help you win writing competitions in 2024
Every writing contest has its own set of submission rules. Whether those rules are dense or sparing, ensure that you follow them to a T. Disregarding the guidelines will not sway the judges’ opinion in your favor — and might disqualify you from the contest altogether.
Aside from ensuring you follow the rules, here are a few resources that will help you perfect your submissions.
Free online courses
How to Craft a Killer Short Story
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Story Editing for Authors
How to Self-Edit Like a Pro
Novel Revision: Practical Tips for Rewrites
How to Write a Short Story in 7 Steps
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Literary Devices and Terms — 35+ Definitions With Examples
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200+ Short Story Ideas
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Story Title Generator
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After you submit to a writing competition in 2024
It’s exciting to send a piece of writing off to a contest. However, once the initial excitement wears off, you may be left waiting for a while. Some writing contests will contact all entrants after the judging period — whether or not they’ve won. Other writing competitions will only contact the winners.
Here are a few things to keep in mind after you submit:
Many writing competitions don’t have time to respond to each entrant with feedback on their story. However, it never hurts to ask! Feel free to politely reach out requesting feedback — but wait until after the selection period is over.
If you’ve submitted the same work to more than one writing competition or literary magazine, remember to withdraw your submission if it ends up winning elsewhere.
After you send a submission, don’t follow it up with a rewritten or revised version. Instead, ensure that your first version is thoroughly proofread and edited. If not, wait until the next edition of the contest or submit the revised version to other writing contests.
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