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2017 Free International Fiction and Non-Fiction Writing Entry Contests

Updated on September 21, 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.


1. Blogging Prizes

If English is not your native language, don’t worry. NUHA Foundation state in their website the most important factor is the “quality of your argument and the originality of your ideas.”

They have listed a number of topics which you have to base your articles on.

The topics are:

  1. “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” (Abraham Licoln). Do you agree?
  2. “Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. (Amus). Discuss.
  3. Should the role of education be to prepare students for working life, or to broaden their mind?
  4. No book is worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Email submission:

The following criteria will be used to judge the articles:

  • The most voted articles
  • The most debated articles
  • Originality and quality

There are 3 categories of participants:

  • Young writers

Prizes: 1st prize - $259

2nd prize - $100

3rd prize - $50

  • Youth

Prizes: 1st prize - $1,000

2nd prize - $ 500

3rd prize - $250

  • Adults

Prizes: 1st prize - $2,500

2nd prize - $1,200

3rd prize - $500

For more info check their website: NUHA Foundation


2. Essay Writing Contest III

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

Deadline: November 30, 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 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:

Prizes: $50 to the overall winner

Visit their website for more info: The Writing District


4. 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:

More info: DESI Writers’ Lounge


5. 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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6. 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:

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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      Alianess Benny Njuguna 2 weeks ago from Kenya

      Thank you Dora Isaac Weithers for your feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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