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.

If you'd like to win more contests, see tips to win essay contests and 10 qualities of great writing contest entries.

 

1. Smithfield - Real Flavor Real Fast Contest
Submit a time-saving tip for using Smithfield pork products to get dinner on the table and you could win a $5,000 trip for two to the Napa Wine Country.


Entry Frequency: Limit of one entry per entry period for a max of three total entries
End Date: December 15th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Esquire - Fighting Spirit Contest
Enter and you could be the lucky winner of a two-night trip for two people to New York City.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: December 19th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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3. Certainteed - Cedar Impressions 25th Anniversary Contest
Describe why you have lived in your home for at least 25 years and how cedar siding would help it look even more beautiful for your chance to win a $25,000 home exterior makeover.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: December 31st, 2017
Eligibility: Residents of the United States who have owned their home for at least 25 years
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4. Champion Auto Parts - Search for a Champion Contest
If you race cars or if you work on them, describe why you are a champion for a chance to win sponsorships worth up to $50,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: January 3rd, 2018
Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States and Canada (void in Quebec) who are drivers/motorsports racers OR DIY vehicle equipment
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5. Dear Doctor - Ultimate Smile Makeover Contest
Enter to win smile makeover dentistry worth up to $35,000 in cash.
Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: March 31st, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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6. Chattanooga Bakery - MoonPie Memories Contest
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.
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7. L. Rob Hubbard - Writers of the Future Contest
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
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