Contests are a great way to sharpen your submission skills and get your work out there. Plus, you could win part of the $1,300 in prize money we award to our contest winners. Winning entries are critiqued in our Winners' Workshop where we announce the winners in a live webinar.
The Institute for Children's Literature and the Institute for Writers offer writing contests year around for various genres. Enter one of our current contests below:
ICL Photo Prompt Short Story Contest
Write a 1,000 word short story inspired by the photo above. Your story can be in any genre and aimed at audiences from YA to Adult.Your entry should be a full story with a beginning, middle, and end. Where will these sunglasses take you?
Deadline: February 29, 2020
Click here for more details.
IFW Our next contest will be announced in December.
Contest rules available here:
IFW Contest Rules
ICL Contest Rules
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For tips on how to improve your contest entries (and possibly win!), check out these resources from ICL and IFW:
How to Win a Contest by ICL Instructor Nancy Coffelt
Tighten Up Your Weakest Link for a Contest Win by ICL contributor Jan Fields
Why a Contest? Seven Lucky Reasons to Enter by ICL Contributor Jan Fields
Why Entering a Contest Helps YOU! with Katie Davis and Nancy Coffelt