7 writing competitions you can enter for free

Who says writing doesn’t pay?

Interested in creative writing, but not sure how to monetize our passion?

Look no further; here are seven competitions open in 2017 to international applicants, which carry lucrative prizes and are free to enter.


1. Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Now in its 16th year, this contest seeks the best humor poems from around the world.

The first place winner will be awarded US$1,000.

In addition to English, your poem may contain inspired gibberish. You may submit published or unpublished work.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2lHrfDf


2. Alpine Fellowship Writing Competition

Writers applying for a writing prize from the Alpine Fellowship can win a cash prize of 3,000GBP.

The prize is awarded for the best piece of writing in response to the theme of the Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium.

The winner and two runners up are invited to attend the Venice symposium; the winner receives £3000 cash prize and is presented with the award by the poet John Burnside.

Rules: The competition is open to all nationalities and ages. All genres permitted. A maximum of 2500 words per entry. Limited to one entry per person. Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time. Shortlisted entries will be notified by email. Judges have final decision and no correspondence can be entered into. State the prize being entered for in the email subject.

Deadline: May 1st 2017

Entries to: apply@alpinefellowship.com

More info here: http://bit.ly/2mpaFXm


3. Striking 13’s writing contest

Submit your flash fiction and win some handy Amazon vouchers and a chance to add to your portfolio.

Entry is free, the theme for the competition is ‘journeys’, and submissions must be made by March 31, 2017.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2m3puM0


4. Writer's games 2017

This competition begins March 15 and is designed to help writers improve their craft “at an accelerated pace”.

Writers will also receive ‘honest, unbiased feedback from multiple sources’.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2mn12qR


5. Aliens and Wine Short Story Contest

This intriguing contest asks the question: How would aliens react to wine? Would wine play a role in the way that aliens perceive Earth?

Topic: all stories must be about a specific topic. Extraterrestrial life arrives to Earth. They arrive somewhere in Spain. Wine plays an important role in the way their perception of Earth is shaped.

Language used: English. No other language will be accepted.

Country of origin of participants: any

Important rule: The stories must first be published on a blog as a precondition to participate. As part of the publication, a link to one of the following sections to Winetourismspain.com must be included (these sections can be used as inspiration for the stories).

First prize includes a US$700 Amazon voucher.

Deadline: April 30, 2017

More info here: http://bit.ly/2mpkbtO


6. Questions Writing Prize

The 2017 Questions Writing Prize aims to recognise and reward talented writers (18 to 30 Years)

Submissions are now invited for the Questions Writing Prize (writing of 1,500 to 2,000 words).

The writing can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic.

The prize for the best writing submitted is $2,000. (Where there is more than one winner the prize money will be shared.)

The winner of the Questions Writing Prize will have their work published in a book and a forthcoming issue of Questions.

Please send all submissions electronically in a word document by 1 May 2017 to: helen@futureleaders.com.au


7. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017

The theme of this year’s competition is ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’.

The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under and is open until 1 May 2017.

A Winner and Runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will win a trip to London for a weeklong series of educational and cultural events. In recent years this week has included a special Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

More info here: http://bit.ly/2mKD5ft