Money tree competitions

Here’s my latest update of FREE poetry and fiction competitions for teenagers to enter, either by themselves or through a school or local library. A lot of writers these days are cash-strapped and aren’t in a position to enter every fee-charging competition that comes up. There are many legitimate competitions that rely on funds to keep running their business and keep the world of poetry and short fiction alive (which I’m grateful for!), but in my mind, the odds of winning the top prizes are so low that it seems to me a writer would spend more on entry fees than reaping rewards. I’ve personally never entered a competition that isn’t free – however, I regularly subscribe to my favourite literary magazines to do my part for the industry! At least with magazines you subscribe to you get a product for the money you spend. And in my opinion, children and young people shouldn’t have to pay to enter competitions at all – on that note, here’s my round-up of freebie poetry competitions for youngsters:


Creative Communication Poetry Contest

Teen Ink Poetry Contest

Teen Ink Fiction Contest

Stage of Life Essay Writing Competition

Junior Authors Poetry and Fiction contests

Stone Soup Magazine

Creative Kids Magazine

Highlights Kids Magazine

Poetry Zone

Best of luck to you!

Leilanie Stewart is a widely published writer and poet. In addition to promoting her own work, she has run creative writing workshops for gifted and talented London secondary school students aged 12 to 18 and is currently a poetry editor for Ashvamegh International Literary Journal. She is married to the writer and poet, Joseph Robert.

A Model Archaeologist

YouTube poetry

Zombie Reflux

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

4 responses »

  1. EdenKayemba says:

    I don’t how to enter the competition

    • Click on the links to submit and you’ll find the exact submission guidelines on the competition sites. Bear in mind that some of the competitions may have expired by now. Good luck!

  2. Daniel White says:

    Please add our competition at, thanks!

    We will have a new contest every two months. Winner gets $$. Top contestants get a chance to put their stories in an anthology at the end of the year.

    Short Story
    Fiction Writing Competition
    Deadline: March 15th
    Fee: Free
    Format: Entries should be fiction, between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.
    Prize: US$25 payable to your PayPal account

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