Freelancewriting.com, a website dedicated to assisting writers in achieving their goals, has been in operation since 1997. The site provides writers with guidance through articles, video tutorials, reading recommendations, job listings, and contest information.
Certainly, there are many sites that offer as much or more to writers. Freelancewriting.com, however, makes a point of sharing creative writing contests (book/fiction/nonfiction/poetry) which only have no entry fee.
In essence, Freelancewriting.com has done the proverbial work of finding the needle in the haystack. So, many thanks to them for having done that work! It is a time-consuming task searching through hundreds of contests to find the ones that do not even try to break the bank.
So what are some contests that they have listed?
Click on the name of the contest for details.
(Deadline | Contest Name | First Prize | Genre)
- 08/08/2014 | The Lasker Foundation Essay Contest | $10,000 | Nonfiction
- 08/15/2014 | The Scotiabank Giller (Canadian Book) Prize | $50,000 | Book
- 08/01/2014 | Community Stories Grants Program | $10,000 | Nonfiction
- 09/01/2014 | Good Housekeeping’s All About Love Writing Contest | $2,000 | Nonfiction
- 09/05/2014 | SB&F Prize Excellence in Science Books | $1,500 | Book
- 09/18/2014 | Real Simple’s Life Lessons Essay Contest | $3,000 | Nonfiction
- 09/30/2014 | Authors First Novel Writing Contest | $5,000 | Book, Fiction
- 09/30/2014 | The IAMHIST-Michael Nelson Prize | $1,000 | Nonfiction
- 09/30/2014 | The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest | $5,000 | Fiction
- 09/30/2014 | Lee & Low Books New Voices Award | $1,000 | Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
- 10/01/2014 | The Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence | $10,000 | Book, Fiction
- 10/15/2014 | Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition | $10,000 | Fiction
- 10/24/2014 | The Burt Award for Caribbean Literature | $10,000 | Book
- 10/31/2014 | The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction | $15,000 | Fiction
- 10/31/2014 | Next Great Travel Writers Contest | $1,000 | Nonfiction
- 11/01/2014 | Pockets Magazine Annual Fiction Contest | $500 | Fiction
- 11/01/2014 | Creative Loafing Fiction Contest | $500 | Fiction
- 11/01/2014 | The Briefing Tech Writing Challenge | $500 | Nonfiction
- 11/06/2014 | Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing | $25,000 | Nonfiction
- 11/14/2014 | The Future Powered by Fiction Competition | $1,000 | Fiction
- 11/15/2014 | The Brooklyn Film and Arts Festival Non-Fiction Prize | $500 | Nonfiction
- 11/15/2014 | The William F Deeck-Malice Domestic Grants Program | $1,500 | Fiction
- 11/23/2014 | Museum of Words Flash Fiction Competition | $20,000 | Fiction
- 11/29/2014 | J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction | $500 | Fiction
- 12/01/2014 | Phillips Book Prize | $500 | Book
- 12/01/2014 | David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction | $1,000 | Fiction, Book
- 12/01/2014 | The Schneider Family Book Awards | $5,000| Book
- 12/01/2014 | Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award | $500 | Fiction, Poetry
- 12/01/2014 | The Vesalius Prize | $1,000 | Nonfiction
- 12/01/2014 | W.Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction | $5,000 | Fiction
- 12/06/2014 | Ladies’ Home Journal Personal Essay Contest | $3,000 | Nonfiction
- 12/09/2014 | The NEA Translation Projects | $25,000 | Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction
- 12/16/2014 | First Crime Novel Competition | $10,000 | Fiction
Remember: If you do not enter, then you cannot win. So, take a chance!