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Listing notable writing contests, short story contests and poetry contests for poets and writers.

Top 10 Legitimate Writing Contests with Cash Prizes

Check out our list of the 10 top legitimate writing contests with generous cash prizes and exciting prizes!

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Winners of the NY Literary Magazine’s “TEARS” Dark Poetry Contest

Announcing the winners of the "TEARS" dark poetry contest by the NY Literary Magazine.

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Winners of the FLAMES Erotic Poetry Contest by the NY Literary Magazine

Congratulations to the winners of our FLAMES erotic poetry contest!

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The 9 Best Songwriting Contests in 2017

Are you a talented songwriter hoping to be discovered, get signed, and launch a successful career in songwriting?

Whether you’re a beginning songwriter or more experienced with the art of songwriting, songwriting competitions are a great way to gain exposure and recognition, not to mention the long list of cash and prizes if you win big. Additionally, many songwriting contests are judged by well-known music industry professionals who can help you advance your music careers with recording studio time or even record deals.

However, it’s important to figure out which competitions are genuine, as many websites are frauds that just collect entry fees!
These are the nine best songwriting contests you can enter right now:

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5 Poetry & Short Story Writing Contests with Cash Prizes

Are you a talented writer with a great poetry book or short story to share? Check out these cool writing contests we have found which give out cash prizes.

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ISA Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition 2017

Network ISA is running a screenplay contest which aims to highlight talented emerging screenwriters. This screenwriting contest was created to help connect screenwriters with industry Pros, help get them discovered and signed by agents/managers, sell their scripts, and launch their careers.  Read More

Free to Enter “Deep Poems about Life” 2017 Poetry Competition

The NY Literary Magazine is now accepting poetry submissions for our free to enter “Deep poems about life” competition!
We invite talented poets of any age and nationality to send us their meaningful life and death poems.

We’re seeking beautifully composed verses which portray deep emotions and bring across vivid feelings.
We’re accepting dark poems about life and living; cheerful, positive life poems; thought-provoking, philosophical poetry about the meaning of life;

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Free to Enter 2017 Best Short Fiction Story Contest by the NY Literary Magazine

The NY Literary Magazine invites international fiction writers to submit their flash fiction stories to our Best Short Fiction Story of 2017 contest.
It is FREE to join our short story contest! Each writer may submit up to 3 fiction stories.
We accept all genres of short fiction stories and welcome writers of any age and nationality. Read More

Announcing the Winners of our Writer’s Cafe Erotic Poetry Contest

Announcing the poets who won the Erotic Poetry Contest we hosted on Writer's Cafe!

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BLAZE – Free to Enter Best Love Poetry Contest by the NY Literary Magazine

The NY Literary Magazine is running a free-to-enter love poetry contest. Talented poets of any age, nationality, and gender are invited to submit their love poems to our poetry competition!

It is FREE to submit your poems to our love poetry contest.

We’re seeking expressive love poems which are written from the heart and convey real emotions. This poetry contest is open to Read More

Screenwriting Competition by the Oscars is Now Accepting Feature Film Script Submissions!

One of the most prestigious screenwriting competitions in 2017 is now accepting feature film script submissions! The Academy Nicholl Fellowship is an international screenwriting contest run by the Oscars. This screenwriting contest accepts all genre feature films.

About the Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Competition

The Oscars screenwriting contest is one of the most important contests of the year.
Many past Academy Nicholl winners have gone on to have incredibly successful careers after winning this screenwriting contest.
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Free to Enter Poetry Contest with Cash Prizes by the New York Foundation for the Arts

If you’re a gifted poet or nonfiction writer living in the state of New York, enter the 2016-2017 poetry grant by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
This poetry contest is free to enter and you may win cash prizes.

About the New York Foundation for Arts

For the past 31 years, NYFA has been supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. Each year, NYFA provides over $650,000 in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms, as well as a variety of artist-in-residence opportunities.

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TEARS – Best Dark & Sad Poetry Contest by the NY Literary Magazine

Enter your dark and sad poetry into our free-to-enter international poetry competition!
Poets of any age and nationality are welcome to submit their deep, dark poems to the NY Literary Magazine’s contest.

We’re searching for outstanding dark poems including sad poems about death; mournful, deep poems about loss; depressing poems on any subject; sad poems about memories, experiences, lost loved ones; and general emotional, stirring sad poetry.

Read for free our poetry magazines to understand what style poetry we like best and publish.

TEARS Poetry Contest Guidelines

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Winners of the NY Literary Magazine “AWAKE” Best Poetry Contest

Winners of the NY Literary Magazine’s September Best Poetry Contest

Announcing the Winners of the SPARKS Best Love Poetry Competition!

NY Literary Magazine Hottest Erotic Poetry of the Year Contest

Do you love writing steamy, erotic poems? Join the NY Literary Magazine’s Hottest Erotic Poetry of the Year contest!

Feel free to write about sexual experiences and wild fantasies without inhibitions. You may describe your fantasies as explicitly as your sexy mind desires, or hint at lovemaking using beautiful metaphors.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transexual poems are welcome as well.

The sexiest, the naughtiest, and the most creative poems will win an award and be published in our upcoming “FLAMES” anthology!

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Winners of the NY Literary Magazine’s August 2016 Poetry Contest

Winners of the NY Literary Magazine July 2016 Poetry Contest

Winners of the June 2016 Poetry Contest

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