👉🏿She Writes Press and SparkPress Toward Equality in Publishing

She Writes Press has organized this writing contest to recognize two BIPOC women writers with publication packages and a 500 book print run. The contest also welcomes trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer people.

Genres: Fiction and nonfiction

Word limit: 50 pages

Prizes: Publication packages

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 15 October 2022

ServiceScape Short Story Award 2022
ServiceScape has organized this short story competition to help new writers reach bigger audiences. All genres and themes are welcome, and the winning story will be published on their blog.

Word limit: 5,000

Prize: $1,000

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 29 November 2022


👉🏿Minotaur Books/Malice Domestic Competition

This mystery novel competition invites writers to send published manuscripts that revolve around murder or other serious crimes. This is a great opportunity for self-published writers!

Word limit: 65,000

Prize: $10,000

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 30 November 2022

👉🏿Six Word Wonder Contest 2022

This eccentric contest invites poets and writers to compose anything in under six words: a poem, a story, a memoir, or even a joke! It allows you to send up to six entries at once, so why not take the chance?

Word limit: 06

Prize: £100

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 30 November 2022

👉🏿7 Day Story Writing Challenges

The short story contest runs every seven days, and those registered are assigned a genre and a secret theme. Writers who register don’t need to re-register for a new cycle of the contest.

Word limit: 2,000

Prize: £500

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 31 December 2022

👉🏿Free Writing Competition – My Writing Journey

This essay writing contest invites you to submit entries on the given theme. The winning entry will be published on The Writers College blog and newsletter. Send the essay in the body of your email, and not as an attachment!

Theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received

Word limit: 600

Prizes: $200

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 31 December 2022

👉🏿Orna Ross Green Stories Novel Prize
The writing competition invites novels that engage with green solutions and raise awareness about “the necessary transformations towards a sustainable economy”. Send three chapters from your novel with a synopsis.

Word limit: 4,000–10,000

Prizes: £1000, £500

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 01 December 2022


👉🏿First Crime Novel Competition

The novel writing contest is open to writers who haven’t yet published a book, but self-published authors are eligible to enter! Just make sure the manuscript you’re submitting hasn’t been self-published.

Word limit: 40,000–66,000

Prize: $10,000

Entry: Free!

Closing date: 16 December 2022