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 an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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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