Writing Competitions

The following is a list of Writing Competitions for aspiring storytellers with our thoughts on them – good, bad, and ugly.

We have no affiliation with any of these competitions and hope you will find our honest opinions helpful.

If you run a competition and think we have judged you unfairly, we are always happy to have your feedback and hear your side of the story.

CompetitionEntryFrequencyDescriptionOur Comments
50-Word StoriesFreeMonthlyExactly 50 words
101 WordsFreeMonthlyExactly 101 words
Elegant LiteratureFreeMonthlyThe submissions window opens on the first and closes at midnight on the final day of each month.
Free Flash Fiction£ 3.99between 100 and 300 words, on any themeFree Flash Fiction, but alas not free to enter their competition.

We would like this competition more if they didn't abuse the word FREE.
Furious FictionFreeMonthlyFurious Fiction is a monthly short story challenge from the Australian Writers’ Centre.
Fusilli Writing
Globe Soup
Not Quite Write
NYC MidnightVarious
Reedsy Prompts$ 5.00WeeklyPrompts come out every Friday morning (UK time)
Press 53FreeMonthly53 Words
Twist in the TaleVarious
Word Herd
Writing Battle$ 18Quarterly01 Receive Writing Prompts.
02 Write One Story (250 words)
03 Read Ten Stories
Writers Playground
The Writer's Games