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:
ONGOING CONTESTS – NO DEADLINES:
Creative Communication Poetry Contest
Stage of Life Essay Writing Competition
Junior Authors Poetry and Fiction contests
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.
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!
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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.
Fiction Writing Competition
Deadline: March 15th
Format: Entries should be fiction, between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.
Prize: US$25 payable to your PayPal account
Thanks for sharing, Daniel. Are there any age restrictions or is anyone able to join up? I’ll add links to my relevant competition pages.