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FREE WRITING CONTESTS

Free Writing Contests is your source for a listing of 2020 writing contests that you can enter. The largest collection of free creative writing contests - hand-picked for writers of all skill levels. Your online location for an updated list of writing contests from around the world delivered daily.

100 Word Flash Fiction

A drabble is a flash fiction story that only uses 100 words. Can you write a story with only 100 words? The winner of this writing contest will win $100.
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Dribble Flash Fiction

Write a story with only 50 words! That is the challenge of this writing contest. Can you tell a complete story with only 50 words?
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75 Words Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is writing a story but with a limited number of words. For this contest write a story with only 75 words. Win a cash prize.
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Hershey Story Writing Contest

The Hershey story writing contest is interested in student submissions. The objective of this contest is to encourage interest and knowledge of history.
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Write A Script

Write a screenplay. Writing a script can be fun and rewarding. View an example of a script in the announcement.
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Share Your Story

What's your story? Share your story (yes, you can make stuff up!) and enter it in this writing contest. Chance at a $100 prize.
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75 Words Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is writing a story but with a limited number of words. For this contest write a story with only 75 words. Win a cash prize.
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Horror Writing Contest

Write a horror story to enter this writing contest. Terrorize your reader for your chance at the cash prize.
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Dialogue Only Writing Contest

Dialogue is an important part of any story. The challenge here is to strip away everything from a story and only use dialogue. No speech tags are even permitted. Write a complete story with only dialogue.
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L Ron Hubbard Writing Contest

For new and amateur writers to share science fiction or fantasy short stories. Novelettes are also welcomed.
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Flash Fiction Writing Contest

A flash fiction story is a story that uses only a few words that results in a big impact.
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True Story Contest

Non fiction stories are requried for this writing contest. Share a moment, an object, a feeling, etc. The object is to share your feelings and observations during an important event in your life.
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Non-Fiction Writing Contest

Share your non-fiction writing to enter this writing contest. Share your memoir or any post that is not fiction. Cash prize.
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100 Word Flash Fiction

Write a short story. Share a a story on any topic. This is your chance to get into the most popular genre.
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Flash Fiction

Flash fiction is writing a story but with a limited number of words. For this contest write a story with exactly 150 words. Win a cash prize.
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About The Writing Contests

Writing contests are carefully reviewed by our staff to help ensure that only the very best make it to our website. We understand and appreciate that entering writing contests is often a leap of faith. Our goal is to provide writing contests from reputable companies. These are companies that provide a panel of judges (a committee) to judge the contests. The winners are announced shortly after the deadline is reached. Deadlines are solid and do not change. The fiction writing contests should contain clear guidelines of the type of writing that is accepted. Free fiction writing contests sometimes require a specific genre such as science fiction. The free online writing competitions listed are clear on what type of writing is required. If there are any restrictions on word count you should be aware of this. If there are this will be stated in the contest announcement. Contest announcements will contain any requirements that an author should be aware of. Pay careful attention not just to the word count rqruirement but also the genre requirements, deadline and format requirements for your submission. We post free writing competitions that we believe have a fair and easy submission and judging process. You will find it easy to enter the contests above. Your writing contest will be judged in a fair matter.

Prior to entering a contest we recommend reading our latest blog which explains how to write for a contest and what steps to take.

Length Of Your Entry

The most common question we hear is how long should your contest entry be. Flash fiction is a popular form of writing. For these contests your goal is to tell a complete story using a specific amount of words. You'll see a number of flash fiction contests on this listing. For those your word count must be exact (in most cases). So if the free fiction writing contest requires 100 words that should be the total in the body of your work (no more, no less). Normally the title of your work is not included in the count. Some writing contests do not have a word count requirement. For these contests we recommend keeping the word count to 5,000 words or less. The judges for free online writing competitions are not going to want to read a novel when a short story is requested. So keep in mind the number of words when writing your contest piece. Understand longer pieces may not be as well received. But most contests will have guidelines.

Have Fun!

Have fun with the free writing competitions. Be creative. Try new things. Whether you win or lose entering a contest, getting feedback (most of our contests give feedback to the author) and learning is the most important thing you can take away from these contests. So enjoy your free writing contests 2020!

At Free Writing Contests we provide a list of reputable contests for our readers.