7 writing contests with huge cash prizes

If you are interested in fame and fortune, here are seven recurring international writing contests that you’ll definitely want to keep on your radar. All the writing contests on our list are open to all nationalities. [Updated 16 May 2020]

1. Sunday Times Short Story Award
Cash Prize: £30,000 (~€34,000)
Submit: a story of up to 6000 words
Languages: English
Eligibility restrictions: open to all nationalities, but the author must have a record of prior publication in creative writing in the United Kingdom or Ireland
Open for submissions: usually October through December

2. César Egido Serrano Foundation International Flash Fiction Competition
Cash Prize: $20,000 (~€17,000) (plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend an award ceremony in Madrid)
Submit: a story of fewer than 100 words on the theme of “The Word, bridging the gap between different cultures and religions.”
Languages: English, Spanish, Hebrew, or Arabic
Open for submissions: this prize isn’t offered on a regular schedule; past submissions periods have run from June through November

3. The Montreal International Poetry Prize
Cash prize: CA$20,000 (~€13,000)
Submit: a single poem of no more than 40 lines long
Languages: English
Open for submissions: usually January through May every other year (next prize year 2020)

4 & 5. Manchester Metropolitan University Poetry and Short Story Prizes
Cash Prize: £10,000 (~€11,000)
Submit: three to five poems totalling no more than 120 lines or a story of up to 2,500 words (submissions fee is £18 per entry)
Languages: English
Open for submissions: usually February through September

6. The Mogford Prize for Food & Drink Writing
Cash prize: £10,000 (~€11,000)
Submit: a short story in which food and drink feature prominently
Language: English
Open for submissions: usually November through January

7. The Moth Poetry Prize (formerly the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize)
Cash prize: €10,000
Submit: as many poems as you like as long as they haven’t been previously published (submission fee is €15 per poem)
Language: English
Open for submissions: usually July through December

16 May 2020

39 responses on "7 writing contests with huge cash prizes"

  1. Michael Chimaobi2 June 2018 at 18:06Reply

    Thanks for the list! Your email was helpful. The César Egido Serrano Foundation International Flash Fiction Competition has not announced their winners yet, I took part in the contest last year.

  2. i hop particip by short arabic story..thank you

  3. The Sunday Times EFG Bank short story award for 2019 has still not been announced (2 September 2018). Does anyone know why not?

  4. Thanks a lot for the fine information.
    I want to take part in the forthcoming poetry competition
    Certainly, it makes me to grow and glow into literary thirst

  5. i hope to participate for 2019 .

  6. Hi I’m interested in receiving news and joining mailing list .Thanks so much . Dianne Bailey

  7. I love it and hope to participate.

  8. Please send notifications in my email regarding the latest prize money writing contests. I am from India.

  9. Please can you tell me when your next poetry contest is for 2019 and how much is entry fee
    Thank you Lois G. Cannon

  10. Thank you so much. Will try got it poetry competitions this year.

  11. I would love to participate fro the poetry competition in 2019.

  12. Hi,
    I’m from India. can i participate in this writing contest.

  13. GADI FRANÇOIS ABIRINGIYIMANA4 March 2019 at 05:37Reply

    Hi,I’m interested in your compensation but can I get some information on next upcoming competition? Thank you.

  14. Nandini Dadheech11 March 2019 at 17:08Reply

    Hello! Thank you for sharing this information about the competition. But can you explain where can I get more information?

  15. Nkomonye Sukoluhle18 March 2019 at 14:26Reply

    Id love to pat take this year

  16. Hello!
    I belong to pakistan .can i take part in this competition?and what would be the procedure ?

  17. Can you tell me when the Museum of Words, Flash Fiction Contest opens for submissions in 2019. I can’t find where the page is on their website to upload it before November 23rd. Are they a legitimate organization?

  18. Hi JR, The Museum of Words Flash Fiction contest is legit but the organisers do seem a bit disorganised. They just announced the winners of the 2017 competition at the beginning of this year (2019). If they indeed stick to the pattern of every other year, they should announce a new contest this year. Our bet would be 23 November, the International Day of Words. We’ll be keeping an eye out.

  19. Reynaldo B. Almenario24 October 2019 at 08:41Reply

    How do I join any of the competitions listed?

  20. Habtamu Asmamaw20 May 2020 at 16:53Reply

    Thanks a lot! I will participate for sure.

  21. Write and send a story for 2020?

  22. I’d like to help my brilliant West African poet friend enter writing and poetry competitions, however, I have only been able to find competitions which accept English. I’m hoping that a reader can help us out here, and reply with names/links etc, of competitions which accept writings in French, which I will forward to my friend. I would really like to help him get his work published, and perhaps even win a competition. He is very talented. Please help if you can! Thank you. (I do not speak French!)

  23. Awesome places to submit manuscripts. Thank you so much!

  24. give me a chance

  25. Punya Prasad Subedi19 October 2020 at 20:29Reply

    Hi how can I participate in The Montreal International Poetry competition please. Would you kindly guide me in brief how to join please.

  26. Dear Sirs/Madam,

    Greetings of the day; joy, love and peace ve with you all.

    As I have a keen interest in submitting like the 40 line poem, I highly appreciate if would kindly informed when the next submission date is open.

    Thanks so much.



  27. Hi! For this flash fiction thing sounds super cool! Where do I submit? Is there one this year?

  28. Love this

  29. Muhammad Asif Nadeem21 April 2021 at 02:08Reply

    Good for mind explorers amidst pandemics which has already decayed countless minds.
    muhammadasifnadeem1447 at gmail.com
    Muhammad Asif Nadeem, Associate Professor , MA English, MA TEFL, ICMAP-p-2, @7 Years of College and university lectures. those who read it please guide me for other resource allocation for this humble slot. lend a helping hand. Thanks.

  30. Muhammad Asif Nadeem5 May 2021 at 04:38Reply


  31. rosalia maria cavalheiro cordeiro12 October 2021 at 21:25Reply

    International writing contests are windows thru which one is able to catch a glimpse of bluer skies.

  32. Ranjan Bhattacharjee27 December 2021 at 14:21Reply

    It’s an excellent opportunity for a new emerging writers like me to come across such scopes extended by you.But I would like to request you to make me know as to how I can avail this grand opportunity through my mail ID as cited below for further communication.

  33. Thank you for this!!

  34. Unfortunately, a few of these involve a submission fee, which is NOT good practice.

  35. I am unable to find any link of the competition no.2
    on their page.
    kindly help,

  36. Julius Odeke a Ugandan in East Africa wants to participate, any guidance palease.

  37. I hope to enter the one of theses, once i turn 14. Can’t wait!

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