Writing Contests: Express Your Creativity & Win Prizes!

Enter to Win Essay Contests, Poetry Contests, and Other Writing Contests

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••• Write a compelling essay and you could win big prizes from these Essay and Writing Contests. Image © Adrian Samson / Getty Images.

Writing contests are a great way to express your creativity while winning great prizes. Writing contests often have less competition than random-draw sweepstakes, so why not give them a try? This is a list of current creative writing contests to enter today.

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1.
Share your family's best MoonPie memory for chances to win a 100 year's supply of the tasty treat, or a trip to the bakery in Tennessee, or hats or t-shirts.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/email/household
End Date: June 30th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.

2.
This sweepstakes is giving away a Therma-Tru entry door and up to $1,500 in labor and materials for a front yard facelift.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: July 1st, 2018
Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States who are homeowners

3.
Nominate your grilling champion to win cash for both of you. Plus, hundreds of instant winners will receive grilling prizes.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: September 3rd, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.

4.
Enter to win smile makeover dentistry worth up to $35,000 in cash.


Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: September 30th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.

5.
Enter to win one of over 50,000 prizes including a trip to New York City, baseball memorabilia, Sharpie products, and cash.


Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: March 31st, 2019
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.

6.
Write a science fiction story of 17,000 words or less for your chance to be judged by the hottest science fiction authors and to win an award and cash prizes worth up to $5,000.
Entry Frequency: Limit of one entry per quarter
End Date: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to all who have not professionally published a novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories