2017 Free International Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing Entry Contests

Updated on December 1, 2017

You don’t have to pay an entry fee in order to take part in a writing contest. There are free entry contests you can chip in.

This article lists free entry writing contests of which any individual from anywhere in the world can partake.

Get your pen and paper ready to write any one of the following writing contests.

NOTE: Be sure to visit the website’s contest page (link has been provided for every contest) in order to learn more concerning the contest. This article has only provided an overview, not complete details such as rules you should adhere before submitting your work.

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1. The Writing District Contest

This is a short story contest which is held every month.

Deadline: The last date of the month

Word count: 3,000

Theme: Open

Email submission: competition@thewritingdistrict.com

Prizes: $50 to the overall winner

Visit their website for more info: The Writing District


2. Essay Writing Contest III

Lifesaver Essays are inviting you to participate in their third essay contest.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Prizes: 1st prize - $200

2nd prize – $100

3rd prize - $50

Weekly prizes - $10

Word count: 900-1,300

They have listed over twenty topics to base your essays on which include:

  1. Should the minimum wage for workers be raised in the U.S?
  2. Should the death penalty be outlawed throughout the U.S?
  3. Should the U.S continue using drone strikes against terrorists?
  4. Is the United States responsible for keeping peace around the world?
  5. How will the Trump administration affect international relationship?

Check their website for more information: Lifesaver Essays


3. The DWL Short Story Contest 2017

Genre: Open theme

Deadline: September 30, 2017

Word limit: 5,000 words

Prizes: 1st prize - $100

2nd prize - $100

3rd prize - $100

Email submission: info@desiwriterslounge.net

More info: DESI Writers’ Lounge


4. 2018 Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize

If you are a resident of a commonwealth country, you are invited to participate in this short story competition.

Deadline: November 1, 2017

Word count: 2,000-5,000

Theme: Open

Five winners will be selected from the five commonwealth regions. There will be the overall winner who will bag $5,000 while the rest four regional winners will be awarded $2,500 each.

More info: Commonwealth Foundation

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5. Rewarded Essays Writing Contest

Are you a high school student? Would you like to be offered a scholarship? If the answer is yes, then this is your chance.

Rewarded Essays is inviting any high school student from any part of the world to participate in their essay competition.

Deadline: October 20, 2017

Word count: 700-900 words

Email submission: submission@rewardedessays.com

Your essays should be based on any of the following prompts or topic questions.

  1. What life skills can students master while in college? Which three are the most important and why?
  2. What do you see as the most pressing social issue we face? Why is it the most pressing?
  3. Who inspires you? Why?
  4. Provide three life goals you believe will be more achievable by obtaining your college degree.

For more information, click here.

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6. Bubo Short Story Contest: Your World, Our Music

If your story was to be read live whether on a stage or radio, which musical sound would accompany it? Bubo Technologies is inviting you to send your piece of short story for this chance of a life-time.

They state, "At Bubo Technologies, we believe in the power of music to tell stories. Our first-of-its-kind technology brings ebooks and music together to make reading more immersive and personal experience."

Ensure you indicate which category or theme your story will fall under: Children or Adult literature.

Word count: 2000-4000 words

Email submission: writers@meetbubo.com

Deadline: November 15, 2017

"Winners will be published in an ebook with synchronized music and illustrations created specifically for the story."

For more info, visit their website: Bubo Technologies


7. SweekStars: Discovering the Star of Storytelling Competition

Sweek is looking out to find the most talented storytellers, the most active Sweekers among others in their biggest contest they have ever held.

A total of $4000 are up for grabs in different categories ranging from the grand prize winner who will pocket $1000 to the most active sweekers and so on.

They state, "Impress our juries and the readers with your writing skills and get a chance to be discovered as well as win great prizes..."

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Word Count: No Limit

Genres: No limit. It can include a combination of prose and poetry.

They accept the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German, Polish, Turkish, Hindi and Russian.

Be sure to check their website as their submission method is quite different from others. You can find more by clicking SweekStars.

Remember, "All the finalists will be given a badge of their story, be featured in the SweekStars 2017 edition (e-book and printed book)."

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Quantum Short Flash Fiction Competition

QuantIc is inviting any national to participate in their 2017 contest. The stories should derive their inspiration from "quantum physics and include the phrase "There are only two possibilities: yes or no.""

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Word length: 1000

Prizes: A total of US $1,500

There are two categories in this competition: Open & Youth. The selected judges will choose winners and runner-ups in both categories. In addition, the public will vote for the best story in both categories from the shortlisted entries to be awarded People's Choice Prize.

The winners and shortlisted entries will receive various awards including a trophy, cash prizes and subscription to the digital magazine, ScientificAmerican.com.

For more information and submission process, check their website at Quantum Shorts.

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Games Monjo Essay Contest

Games Monjo is inviting students ages 11-19 years to participate in this year's video games essay contest. College and university students are not eligible to enter this contest.

You are invited to write an essay on 'The Role of Video Games in My Life.'

Deadline: 30 November, 2017

Winners will be selected by December 13, 2017

Prizes: 1st winner will receive $500 plus publication

2nd winner will receive $300

3rd winner will receive $200

Send you entry as an attachment to essay-contest@gamesmojo.com in .doc, .dox or pdf format

For more info on this contest check their website at Games Mojo.


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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 2 months ago from Kenya

      Thank you Dora Isaac Weithers for your feedback.

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      Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for sharing this information. Something for almost everyone and a few extra dollars are always welcome.