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. Frito-Lay - Dreamvention Family Edition Contest
Share your fun and useful invention for chances to win one of 16 cash prizes worth $5,000, $10,000, or $240,000.


Entry Frequency: Limit of five entries per person
End Date: February 26th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Rocky Ridge Trucks - True American Hero Giveaway
Here's your shot at a free Chevrolet vehicle of your choice worth up to $40,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: February 28th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. (void in HI & AK)
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3. Food Network Magazine - Name This Dish Contest
Submit your creative and original recipe name for a shot at winning cash and publication.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: March 1st, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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4. Pacsafe - Be More Contest
Describe why you deserve to win a dream vacation and your Be More aspiration and you could win an $11,000 trip.


Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: March 9th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to residents of Hong Kong, the United States of America, Germany, Australia (void in Tasmania), Canada (void in Quebec), the United Kingdom, Singapore, and New Zealand
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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. Macmillan Publishers - Anger Is a Gift Essay Contest
Enter and you could win 5,000 towards tuition or school supplies and a signed copy of Mark Oshiro's novel Anger Is a Gift.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: April 30th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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7. Eggland's Best - 2018 America's Best Recipe Contest
Submit your regional ingredient-inspired recipe that uses eggs creatively for your chance at winning $10,000 and a year's supply of eggs or other prizes.
Entry Frequency: Limit of two entries per category for a total of eight entries max
End Date: April 30th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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8. Johnsonville - Tailgate Wedding Contest
Enter to win a $60,000 wedding prize package for couples who love college football.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: May 6th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to residents of the contiguous United States or the District of Columbia who are engaged to be married and who are able to get married in 2018
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9. 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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10. 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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