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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

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.
Winners have gotten Read More

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.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are Read More

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

We thank everyone for their poetry submissions to the NY Literary Magazine! Here are the winners of the “AWAKE” Best Poetry Contest.

Winners of the Sad, Dark Poetry Category
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Winners of the NY Literary Magazine’s September Best Poetry Contest

We thank all the talented poets who submitted their lovely poetry to the NY Literary Magazine! Our Editors enjoyed reading through the several hundred submissions, and are excited to present you with the winners of our Best Poetry Contest of September!

Winners of the Dark, Sad Poetry Contest Category

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Announcing the Winners of the SPARKS Best Love Poetry Competition!

We thank everyone for their love poetry submissions! Our Editors are thrilled to announce the gifted poets who have won the SPARKS Best Love Poetry contest with their outstanding heartfelt love and heartbreak poems!

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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!

This is a free-to-enter international poetry competition open to Read More

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

Congratulations to the talented poets who won the NY Literary Magazine’s August 2016 Poetry Contest! 

These poems have also been published in the NY Literary Magazine’s “Winds of Time” Anthology (poetry collection). Visit this page to read our digital poetry magazine for free or buy the print magazine.

We thank everyone for their poetry submissions and are excited to announce the winners! Read More

Winners of the NY Literary Magazine July 2016 Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the gifted poets who won the NY Literary Magazine’s July 2016 Poetry Contest!
We thank everyone for their submissions and are excited to present you the talented winners!

Some of these poems have also been published in the August 2016 poetry Anthology along with a small selection of remarkable poetry we received.

You can read the for free our August 2016 digital poetry magazine, or buy the print magazine. Read More

Winners of the June 2016 Poetry Contest

Congratulations to the highly talented poets who won the June 2016 Best Poetry Contest!

Our Editors have read through as many as they could manage of the +1000 poetry submissions we received and are now excited to present to you with the winners of the June poetry contest.

We’ve  also published in this month’s magazine a selection of what strikes us as the most remarkable, beautifully worded poetry out of all the many submissions.
The July 2016 poetry magazine is available both as a free to read digital edition and in print. Read More

Free-to-Enter Poetry Contests

Each month during 2016, the NY Literary Magazine runs a free-to-enter Poetry Contest.
We are now accepting submissions for this month’s Best Poetry Contest.
Our literary magazine is seeking outstanding poems from talented poets.

The poems we are searching for are emotionally stirring with a deep meaning. Poems that make you think and feel and wonder, poems that stay with you even long after you have read them. Unforgettable poems, that will withstand the test of time.

Send in your best poetry for a chance to be published in our print poetry magazine and win an honor Award seal.

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Poetry Competition with Money Prizes by the University of Canberra

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize

The University of Canberra runs an annual poetry contest with a large cash prize of $15,000 AUD (approximately $10,650) for the first place winner and $5,000 AUD (approximately $3,550) for the second place.
Both first place and second place winners receive publication in an e-book anthology as well. Poems need to be maximum up to 50 lines.

Poetry Contest Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $20 AUD (approximately $14 USD)
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7 Poetry Contests with Cash Prizes 2016

Here are 7 upcoming poetry contests with cash prizes.
Good luck, talented poets!

Comstock Review – Muriel Craft Bailey Award
Annual poetry contest with a prize of $1,000 and publication in Comstock Review.
Entry fee is $8.
Submssion Deadline is July 1st 2016.
Submit poems here: http://www.comstockreview.org/annual-contest

Cultural Center of Cape Cod – Poetry Competition
Annual poetry contest with a cash prize of $1,000.
Submit up to three poems that have not won a national competition, totaling no more than five pages.
Entry free is $15.
Submission Deadline is June 20th, 2016.
Submit your poetry through their website.

Coffee-House Poetry – Troubadour International Poetry Prize

First place wins a cash prize of £5,000 and second-place receives £1,000. Both first place and second place get Read More

Canadian Poetry Contest with Cash Prizes for Published Poets

The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry runs an annual poetry contest for published poetry books. The poetry competition is open to both Canadian and International poets and poetry translators. Prizes include two cash prizes of $65,000 CAD (approximately $46,800).

To be eligible to enter this contest, your poetry book must be at least 48 pages long and have been published between January 1 and December 31.
This poetry contest is free to enter!
Submission Deadline:

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Short Fiction Story Contest by Writer’s Digest

Writer’s Digest is running the 16th Annual short fiction story contest.
The last chance to submit your very short story is January 15th 2016. Entry free cost $25.
Prizes include $3,000 in cash, getting published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to their Writer’s Digest Conference!

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