The Best Free Literary Contests
We monitor over 200 of the finest poetry and prose contests that have no entry fees. Their rules and deadlines change constantly. We stay on top of them for you. Get instant access to our database of contest profiles when you subscribe to our free email newsletter, edited by Jendi Reiter.
Each contest profile gives you Jendi's assessment of the 'heft' of the contest, the kind of work most likely to win a prize, and all the information you need to enter. Search the contests by name, deadline date, genre, prizes, and more. We highlight contests that are especially well-suited for writers at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced stages of their careers. Give your work its best chance for recognition, and spend less time on contests that are wrong for you. This five-minute video tour will make the benefits of our database clear.
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