Writing Contests

What Types of Writing Contests Are There?

We run two types of writing contests at WritingForums.org.

Prize-based and non-prized based.

We try to hold a few prize-based contests each year.

Our non-prized based contests are are weekly/bi-weekly short story contests and poetry contest. These contests are done for fun, to develop your writing skills, and for community recognition.

Genre-wise, our weekly/bi-weekly contests change in theme, genre, and style for each contest. In the future we hope to offer more frequent contests.

Short Story Contest FAQ

How Do I Enter?

If you'd like to enter our weekly short story contests, check the short story contest forum and look for a thread with open submissions. There's usually one. Read the first post with the rules for that contest, including it's theme, word count requirements, and deadline. Short story contest entries are typically submitted to GingerCoffee, who runs the short story contest, via PM. She then posts them publicly without identifying the author to ensure fairness.

How Are Entries Judged?

Entries are judged via a public vote that usually lasts for 1-2 weeks. If there's a tie there is typically run-off voting between the tied entries.

How Can I Suggest a Theme?

You can suggest contest theme ideas in this thread, though the previous contest winner has first rights to suggest the next theme.

Poetry Contest FAQ

How Do I Enter?

To enter, check the bi-weekly poetry contest forum and look for a thread with open submissions. The theme typically changes from week to week, sometimes covering a specific topic, theme, or poetry structure.

How Are Entries Judged?

Poems are voted on in a public poll.

How Can I Suggest a Theme?

To suggest at theme, contact morepages.

Can I Start or Sponsor a Contest?

If you'd like to start or sponsor a contest, please contact us.

If it's a contest without a prize, it might be better suited as a writing prompt.

If you'd like a offer a prize, WF would have to act as a middle-man to ensure the contest is treated legitimately. If you're an organization that would like to sponsor a contest, contact us for more information.

Recognition for Contest Winners

Contest winners are permanently recognized for their winning writing with an icon in their member badge. The first win in any category earns a bronze icon, the second a silver, and third and up are gold. Each award includes the contest number that was won and the icon itself functions as a link that leads members to your winning writing.

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