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        Writing Contests Happening in 2022

        • calenderJun 01, 2022
        • calender 7 min read

        Writing competitions are vital for any poets and writers who want to be successful. But it’s important to know which poetry competitions, short story contests, and nonfiction contests are worth the effort. So we took a deep dive into the web, looking for the writing contests in 2022 that are both exciting and dependable.

        Suffice to say, you won’t find any sham contests in this list!

        Writing Contests in 2022

        We love bringing you useful information that can help you along in your writing career. In fact, as your editors and proofreaders, we consider it our duty! So, we have brought you only the best poetry competitions and the most exciting nonfiction contests.

        Whether you’re a poet or a writer, the themes and challenges you’ll find here are sure to make your writing juices flow!

        Along with the usual poetry competitions, short story contests, and nonfiction contests, we have a mixed contest category. These contests are open to both poets and writers, accepting entries in multiple genres.

        If you can’t find entries for the last few months of the year, don’t worry! We’ll keep adding to this list as new competitions are declared and more writing contests in 2022 go live. So, make sure to keep an eye out on this page.

        Without further ado, let’s begin our list of the writing contests in 2022. 

        June 2022

        The month of June features a wealth of short story competitions and a few interesting flash fiction contests, but not many poetry competitions. Although, we’ve found some exciting mixed contests for poets and writers, so let’s begin with the list.

        Poetry Competitions

        1. Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year 2022 

        The poetry contest is a part of the Canterbury Festival. 35 poems will be chosen from the entries to be included in the annual Poet of the Year anthology.

        Word limit: 60 lines

        Prizes: £200, £100, £50

        Entry fee: £5 per poem

        Closing date: 03 June 2022

        2. Poetry London Prize 2022 

        Romalyn Ante will judge the top 500 entries submitted for this poetry competition. The entries will be sifted by the editors of Poetry London before reaching the judge’s desk.

        Word limit: 80 lines

        Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000

        Entry fee:  £8 per poem

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        Flash fiction writing competitions

        3. Drabblextravaganza 2022 

        The drabble contest, organized by Sleek City Press, allows you to submit up to three entries. Fee waivers will be considered for writers in difficult circumstances.

        Word limit: 100

        Prizes: Ten prizes of $250

        Entry fee: $8

        Closing date: 05 June 2022

        4. Bath Flash Fiction Award

        The contest invites entries from unpublished writers who haven’t won any writing competitions. 50 selected entries will be offered publication!

        Word limit: 300

        Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, two prizes of £30

        Entry fee:  £9

        Closing date: 05 June 2022 

        5. The Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction

        The flash fiction contest welcomes both published and unpublished stories, and true stories are welcome if written in a narrative form. There is a word limit for individual stories, but each entry may consist of three such stories.

        Word limit: 1,000 words

        Prizes: $1000, $100 for the finalists

        Entry fee: $15

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        Short story contests

        6. BlackInk New Writing Competition

        The short story contest invites creative writers from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora to submit their entries. Two winning short stories will be published in BlackInk magazine for Black History Month in October 2022.

        Word limit: 2,000

        Prizes: Two prizes of £500

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 06 June 2022 

        7. Baby Boomers Plus 2022

        The short story contest is open to people born before 1966 and invites entries on any theme or subject. The top 15 stories will be published by Living Springs Publishers.

        Word count: 900–4000

        Prizes: $500, $200, $100

        Entry fee: $25

        Closing date: 15 June 2022 

        8. The Moth Short Story Prize 2022 

        Sarah Hall will judge this short story contest. Along with the cash reward, the second prize includes a writing retreat at Circle of Misse. Exciting, right!

        Word limit: 4,000 words

        Prizes: €3,000, €250 (with a writing retreat), €1000

        Entry fee: €15

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        9. The Henshaw Short Story Competition

        The short story contest is organized by the Henshaw Press. If this is your first time participating in a contest, make sure to go through their Story Presentation Page!

        Word limit: 2,000

        Prizes: £200, £100, £50

        Entry fee: £6; £14 for a critique

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        10. The Lindisfarne Prize for Crime Fiction 

        The author L. J. Ross has organized this short story contest through her publishing imprint, Dark Skies Publishing. The contest invites entries celebrating the North East of England.

        Word limit: 10,000

        Prizes: £2500 and others

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        Nonfiction contests

        11. International Amy MacRae Award for Memoir

        The creative nonfiction contest celebrates Amy’s life and her legacy of improving the lives of women with ovarian cancer. It invites original, unpublished memoirs or personal essays.

        Word count: 2,000

        Prizes: $1000, plus $1000 towards a writing retreat in France

        Entry fee: $25

        Closing date: 21 June 2022

        12. International Essay Contest for Young People

        The GOI Peace Foundation has organized this annual essay contest “in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development.”

        Word limit: 700

        Prizes: $840, $420, and others

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 15 June 2022

        Book writing contests

        13. The Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 

        The book writing contest invites novels written by adults for children between the ages of 7–18. The prizes come with an offer of representation by this year’s agent judge, Louise Lamont.

        Word limit: 30,000–80,000 words

        Prizes: £10,000 and £7,500 as advance against royalties

        Entry fee: £20

        Closing date: 01 June 2022

        14. 42 Miles Press Poetry Award 

        The poetry book writing contest is organized “in an effort to bring urgent and original voices to the poetry reading public.” The winner will be invited to give a reading at Indiana University.

        Word limit: 48–120 pages

        Prize: $1,000 plus publication and 50 author copies

        Entry fee: $25

        Closing date: 15 June 2022

        15. Drue Heinz Literature Prize

        The book writing award is open to writers who have published a book-length collection of fiction or at least three short stories or novellas. The entry may be a collection of short stories or novellas.

        Word limit: 150–300 pages

        Prize: $15,000 and publication

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        16. North Street Book Prize

        The book writing competition invites self-published poets and writers to submit their manuscripts. It accepts entries in a variety of genres, so be sure to check out their website!

        Word limit: 200,000

        Prizes: $8,000, $1,000, $250

        Entry fee: $70

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        Mixed contests: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction contests

        17. Write By the Sea Festival Contests 

        The contests are organized by the Write By the Sea Festival and offer free tickets to the festival for category winners. Poets and writers are allowed to submit entries in all three categories.

        Genres: Short story, flash fiction, poetry

        Word limit: 3,000 for short story, 700 for flash fiction, 40 lines for poetry

        Prizes: €1,000, two prizes of €500

        Entry fee: €10 per entry; €25 for three entries

        Closing date: 03 June 2022

        18. Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

        The contest invites entries in multiple categories by poets and writers who have not yet published a book-length work. Along with the winners, fifteen shortlistees will be offered publication and writing workshops.

        Genres: Fiction, poetry, and life writing

        Word limit: 3,000 words

        Prizes: £1,000 per category

        Entry fee: £10 for one entry; £16 for double entry

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        19. Boston Review 2022 Writing Contests 

        Boston Review has organized the Annual Poetry Contest and the Aura Estrada Short Story Contest with a shared theme and deadline. The contest offers subsidized and free entries to poets and writers from third world countries or with low income.

        Theme: Speculation

        Genres: Short story and poetry

        Word limit: 5,000 for short story; 10 pages for poetry

        Prizes: $1,000 per category and publication

        Entry fee: $20

        Closing date: 30 June 2022

        July 2022

        July has a heathy mix of short story contests, poetry competitions and book writing contests for poets and writers. Aside from the usual poetry, fiction, and nonfiction contests, we’ve also found a script writing contest this month!

        Short fiction contests

        1. Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

        The contest is open to previously unpublished short fiction on Jewish content. The organizers are looking for stories related to Judaism, and Jewish culture and history.

        Word limit: Up to 5,000 words

        Prizes: $1,000

        Entry fee: $25

        Closing date: 01 July 2022

        2. HG Wells Short Story Competition 2022

        The contest was established to encourage creative writing among young people. All shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology!

        Theme: Mask

        Word limit: 1,500–5,000 words

        Prizes: £500

        Entry fee: £10

        Closing date: 11 July 2022

        3. Short Story Competition: Clean vs Green

        This short story competition aims to help readers understand how misinformation about bacteria can end up killing our bodies’ good bacteria through overuse of harsh cleaning products.

        Word limit: 1,000–3,000

        Prize: £500

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 21 July 2022

        4. 2022 Dillydoun Flash Fiction Prize 

        The Dillydoun Review will consider all entries for publication, while winning entries and honorable mentions will be published in the anthology.

        Word limit: 1,000

        Prizes: $2,000, $1,000, $500, honorable mentions of $50

        Entry fee: $18

        Closing date: 31 July 2022

        5. Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition

        The short story contest invites writers to submit stories on any subject in any style. The top prize includes publication in Southword, residency at Anam Cara Retreat, and featured reading at the Cork International Short Story Festival.

        Word limit: 3,000

        Prizes: €2,000, €500, €250

        Entry fee: €19

        Closing date: 31 July 2022

        Poetry competitions

        6. McLellan Poetry Competition

        The McLellan Poetry Prize is awarded by the Arran Theater and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts Festival. Poets may submit multiple poems, but each additional entry has a £5 fee.

        Word limit: 80 lines

        Prizes: £1300, £400, £150, five prizes of £50

        Entry fee: £6

        Closing date: 10 July 2022 

        7. Rattle Poetry Prize

        The poetry competition invites poets to send an entry comprising up to four poems. Aside from the top prize, a Readers’ Choice Award will be given to one of the ten finalists.

        Word limit: None

        Prizes: $15,000, $5,000, ten prizes of $500

        Entry fee: $25

        Closing date: 15 July 2022 

        8. 2022 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Poetry Contest

        The Comstock Review has organized this poetry competition. Poets may send their entries via post or online, with different fee structures. Honorable mentions receive a year’s subscription to the magazine.

        Word limit: 40 lines

        Prizes: $1,000, $250, $100

        Entry fee: $25 for 5 poems

        Closing date: 15 July 2022 

        9. Anthology Poetry Award

        The poetry competition was established to encourage the writing and publishing of good poetry. The winning entry will be published in the next issue of Anthology.

        Theme: Dreams

        Word limit: 40 lines

        Prize: €500

        Entry fee: €10; €15 for an extended deadline of 31 October 2022

        Closing date: 31 July 2022

        10. Winchester Poetry Prize

        The poetry competition is organized by the Winchester Poetry Festival. It offers free entries for poets on low incomes. Jo Bell is the judge for 2022.

        Word limit: 40 lines

        Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250

        Entry fee: £5; £4 for subsequent poems

        Closing date: 31 July 2022

        Book writing contests

        11. Saudi Historical Novel Award

        This novel writing competition accepts entries in the historical fiction genre. Entries must “have been written at least fifty years after the events described.”

        Word limit: 60,000–150,000

        Prizes: £10,000, two runners up of £3,000 and £2,000

        Entry fee: £10

        Closing date: 01 July 2022 

        12. Page One Prize

        The writing contest invites novel writers to submit the first page of a novel in progress. Make sure to send the first page of your first chapter, not prologue or introduction.

        Word limit: None

        Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250

        Entry fee: $20

        Closing date: 15 July 2022 

        13. W&A Working-Class Writers’ Prize

        Working-class writers can submit a piece of writing from a longer unpublished work. The top prize includes two mentoring sessions with the judge Jessica Andrews!

        Word limit: 2,000

        Prize: £200

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 18 July 2022 

        14. 2022 Black Voices in Children’s Literature

        The book writing contest invites black writers of children’s literature to send entries that are culturally relevant. The winning manuscript will be considered for publication by Free Spirit.

        Word limit: 50–800 words

        Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250, and others

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 24 July 2022

        Mixed: Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction contests

        15. Literary Taxidermy Writing Competition 

        This writing competition invites poets and writers to submit entries in any genre and form. The catch is, they provide you with the opening and closing lines, taken from popular works of literature.

        Genres: Fiction and poetry

        Word limit: 2,000

        Prize: $500

        Entry fee: $10

        Closing date: 11 July 2022

        16. Hastings Book Festival 2022 Competitions 

        The Hastings Book Festival contest invites poets and writers to send their manuscripts. Prizes will be presented in person at the closing ceremony of the book festival.

        Genres: Fiction and poetry

        Word limit: 2,500 words for short story, 40 lines for poetry

        Prize: Two prizes of £250

        Entry fee: £7.50

        Closing date: 31 July 2022

        17. 2022 National Poetry and Short Story Contest 

        The writing contest invites Canadian poets and writers to submit their entries online. It is organized by Polar Express Publishing.

        Genres: Short story and poetry

        Word limit: 750 words for short story, 48 lines for poetry

        Prize: $500, $250, $100

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 31 July 2022

        Script writing contest

        18. Scriptation Showcase

        This script competition showcases the winning and shortlisted entries to Hollywood directors, showrunners, and producers. You can opt for feedback on your writing at the time of submitting your entry.

        Word limit: 150 pages

        Prizes: $1,000, $500, and others

        Entry fee: $59

        Closing date: 24 July 2022

        August 2022

        1. Free Verse Poetry Contest

        This poetry contest is a small one, but it is legitimate. It invites poems written in the free verse, and allows only one entry per person.

        Prize: $100

        Entry fee: $9

        Closing date: 22 August 2022

        2. Haiku Poetry Contest

        This is one of the few global poetry competitions specially designed for haikus. Let’s see what you can create with only seventeen syllables!

        Word limit: 17 syllables

        Prize: $100

        Entry fee: $9

        Closing date: 26 August 2022

        3. Take a Photo Poetry Contest

        This interesting contest asks you to submit a photo with your poem. Go out for a walk, click a picture, and write a poem on it! Interesting, right?

        Prize: $100

        Entry fee: $9

        Closing date: 31 August 2022

        4. Creative Writing Award 2022

        The mixed competition invites poems and short stories with no restriction of theme. Prizes include agent consultation, a free online poetry course, and a selection of vintage books!

        Genres: Poetry and fiction

        Word limit: 40 lines for poetry; 2,000 words for fiction

        Prizes: £2,500 per category

        Entry fee: £12 for poetry & £18 for short fiction

        Closing date: 31 August 2022

        5. Flash Fiction Competition

        This flash fiction contest has been organized to celebrate Pigeon Review‘s one year anniversary. They accept previously published work, as long as the writer has full rights to it.

        Theme: Leap of faith

        Word limit: 1,000

        Prizes: $100, $75, $50

        Entry fee: $5

        Closing date: 31 August 2022

        September 2022

        1. The Face Project 

        Each day, the organizer uploads an oil portrait. You have to write a story on this image and send it as your submission. This unique contest allows you to submit up to 28 stories!

        Word count: 1,000 words

        Prize: Feature in a unique art publication

        Entry: Free!

        Closing date: 04 September 2022

        2. 20 Syllable Poem Contest

        This poetry contest invites you to create powerful poems in 20 syllables. Do you think you’re up for the challenge?

        Word limit: 20 syllables 

        Prizes: $100

        Entry fee: $9

        Closing date: 10 September 2022

        3. Tales By Moonlight Novella Competition 

        The novella writing contest invites entries written in the genre of fantasy with magic as theme. The winner will be determined by audience voting!

        Theme: Magic

        Word limit: 15,000–20,000

        Prize: $1000

        Entry: Free

        Closing date: 15 September 2022

        4. Miller Williams Poetry Series and Prize

        Organized by the University of Arkansas Press, this prize is awarded to the best book of poetry. The organizers are looking for poems that “vivify and disturb.”

        Word limit: 60–90 pages

        Prize: $5,000 

        Entry fee: $28

        Closing date: 30 September 2022 

        October 2022

        1. Novel Opening & Synopsis Award

        The novel writing contest invites you to submit one chapter of your novel with a synopsis. Your novel need not be completed or published to qualify for the award.

        Word limit: 3,000 words; an additional 750 words for synopsis

        Prizes: £500, £200

        Entry fee: £10

        Closing date: 31 October 2022


        We hope this list of writing contests in 2022 got you excited to write some poems, stories, or essays, and win some prizes.

        If you happen to win any of these contests, be sure to inform your editors! In case you don’t win any, remember that it’s not the prizes that are important, but the writing practice you’ll get out of this experience.

        For now, dear poets and writers, good luck!



        Prasanna is on a little break from academia and spends his time compiling fiction writing tips. He enjoys poetry, mythology, and drawing lotuses on any surface he can find.

        4 comments on “Writing Contests Happening in 2022

        1. Nathaniel Mellor says:

          Is it possible to have a flash fiction competition added to this list? If so, can you please add Pigeon Review’s contest here?

          • Prasanna Bachchhav says:

            Hi Nathaniel!
            The flash fiction contest has been added. Thanks for reaching out to us!

        2. Imani Smith says:

          Love the article. A great set of contests!

        3. Claire says:

          Great job on the list, I can see you’ve curated the best contests for us. Especially love the poetry contest entries…

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