25+ International Writing Competitions | April 2022

While others are coming up with prank ideas for the first twelve hours of this month, why don’t you come up with brilliant ideas that could earn you a good prize, this month? 🙂 Jokes apart, it’s that time of the month when we search for available international writing competitions (with no entry fee attached) and compile them for your easy access. Scroll down to see the competitions you might be interested in entering this April.

 

Fountain Magazine Essay Contest 

Genre: Essay on the theme of “Revival”.

Word Count: 1,500–2,500 words.

Prizes: 1st—$1,500 | 2nd Place—$750 | 3rd Place—$300 | Two Honorable Mentions — $200 each.

Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

The Great American Think-Off

Genre: Essay on the topic; “Which should be more important: personal choice or social responsibility?”

Word Count: No more than 750 words.

Prize: One of four $500 cash prizes.

Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

If There’s Anyone Left

This international writing competition is open to those who identify as a person of color, LGBTQ+, disabled, or of a marginalized gender.

Genre: Speculative micro-fiction.

Word Count: Up to 500 words.

Prize: 1st – $250 | 2nd – $100 | 3rd – $50.

Deadline: April 1, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Robert Louis Stevenson Fable Competition

Genre: Fable in the style of Robert Louis Stevenson.

Word Count: Up to 350 words.

Prize: £500, £100.

Deadline: April 2, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here

 

Gwenn A. Nusbaum / WWBA “Poets To Come” Award

For this international writing competition, poets at the beginning of their careers, ages 25–35 years, are strongly encouraged to enter.

Genre: Poetry

Prize: $1500 scholarship

Deadline: April 4, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Dafe Akpedeye SAN Essay Competition

This essay competition is for law students across Nigeria.

Prizes: Up to N500,000

Deadline: Apr 11th, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here

 

Write the world

Genre: Poetry

Submission window: Apr 4 – 19, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here

 

Mike Resnick Memorial Award: Best Unpublished Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author. 

This international writing competition is open to an author who has not had any work published (including short stories, novelettes, novellas, and novels in paper, digital or audio form) that has been paid a per-word rate of 6 cents a word or more or received a payment for any single work of fiction totaling more than $50.

Genre: Science fiction short story, up to 7,499 words.

Prize: $250.00 and publication.

Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Descant

Each year, Descant offers four awards:

  • The Frank O’Connor Award for fiction (for the best short story in a issue)

Prize: $500

  • The Gary Wilson Award (for an outstanding story in an issue)

Prize: $250

  • The Betsy Colquitt Award for poetry (for the best poem or series of poems by a single author in an issue)

Prize: $500

  • The Baskerville Publishers Award (for an outstanding poem or poems by a single author in an issue)

Prize: $250

Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Brilliant Flash Fiction

Genre: Flash fiction.

Word Count: 500 words, excluding title.

Prizes: 1st – $100 | 2nd – $30 | 3rd –  $20

Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Masks

Genre: Prose and Poetry.

Prize: $100 each and publication in their Summer 2022 issue.

Deadline: April 15, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

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Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize

If you are yet to publish a collection of poetry, this international writing competition is for you.

Genre: Poetry Chapbook

Word Count: 15–30 pages

Prize: $250 & Publication

Deadline: April 17, 2022

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Author of Tomorrow 

This international writing competition is open to children and youth up to age 21.

Genre: Adventure writing.

Categories:

  • 11 and Under:

Word Count: 500 words

Prize: £100 plus £150 book tokens for your school

  • 12–15 years

Word Count: 1,500–5,000 words

Prize: £100 plus £150 book tokens for your school

  • 16–21 years

Word Count: 1,500–5,000 words

Prize: £1,000

Deadline: April 22, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Voice Club

Genre: Flash fiction

Word Count: 100 words max & 350 words max (2 contests)

Prize: $25 Amazon gift card.

Deadline: April 23, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

The Young Romantics Prizes

This international writing competition is open to anyone aged 16–18 years old.

Genre: Essay or poem on their specified theme.

Word Count: 750 – 1000 words. (Essays). No more than 30 lines in length and must fit onto a single A4 page. (Poems).

Prize: £5,000.

Deadline: April 24, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Scientific Story

This competition should either be a singular short story in English or Spanish.

Genre: Science Prose or Poetry (For Children)

Word Count: 400 – 1700 words (prose), 170 – 1000 words (poetry)

Prize: 1st: £200, Runners-up: £150 and £100, plus publication in the online magazine PRINCIPIA.

Deadline: April 24, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Globe Soup

This competition is all about ‘show, don’t tell’.

Genre: Flash fiction

Word Count: Up to 500 words.

Prize: £200

Deadline: April 24, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Science Me A Story

Genre: Scientific stories for children (ages 6–12) of up to four pages by authors over age 18.

Prizes: £150, £100 or £50.

Deadline: April 24, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here

 

2022 Law Essay Writing Competition

This international writing competition is open to all current law students, post 2015 law graduate, and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible.

Genre: Essay on the topic; Legal remedies to combat climate change.

Word Count: 6,000-25,000 words

Prize: $5,000

Deadline: April 29, 2022

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Coastal Shelf Ceiling 200 Contest

Genre: Short fiction, Prose Poetry

Word Count: 200 words max.

Prizes: 1st – $250 | 2nd – $100 | 3rd Place – $50. All submissions are also considered for publication in Coastal Shelf (which has a payment of $30 currently).

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

The FuPo Poetry Contest 

Genre: Poetry

Word Count: 60 lines max.

Prize: 1st – $250 | 2nd – $100 | 3rd – $50. All submissions are also considered for publication in Coastal Shelf (which has a payment of $30 currently).

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

#GWstorieseverywhere

Genre: Micro fiction.

Word Count: 25 words, with a max of 280 characters, including spaces and the hash tag.

Prize: Free Gotham class.

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Genre: Adventure fantasy

Word Count: 8,000 words max

Prize: Winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at industry-standard rates for professional story submittals. The author will also receive a handsome engraved award and a prize package containing $500 of free Baen Books.

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Preservation Foundation Essay Contest for Unpublished Writers

This international writing competition is open to writers whose creative writing has never produced revenues of over $750 in any single year.

Genre: Animal Nonfiction.

Prize: 1st – $200. | Runners-up – $100. | Finalists – $50.

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Sunlight Press

Genre: Essay, Fiction, Poetry, Reviews, etc.

Prize: $500.

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Rune Bear Quarterly

Genre: Drabble

Word Count: 100 words on the theme “Through the Looking Glass.”

Prize: $10.

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

SA Writer’s College Short Story Award

This writing competition is open to unpublished writers in South Africa.

Genre: Short stories on the theme; You Only Live Once.

Prizes: 1st — R 10 000 | 2nd — R 5 000 |3rd — R 2 000.

Deadline: April 30, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Citizen: The New Story Flash Fiction Competition

Genre: Flash Fiction

Word Count: Up to 500 words

Prize: Winning stories will be published on the Word Factory website and promoted via social media. Also: “Monthly winners will be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, including Word Factory membership, citizenship-themed book bundles and more. We’re also hoping to showcase the very best stories at a future Word Factory salon.”

Deadline: Last day of each month

Guidelines for submission here.

 

Libretto Magazine

Genre: Fiction, Poetry, etc

Deadline: April 30th, 2022.

Guidelines for submission here.

 

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