Writing Contests: Express Your Creativity & Win Prizes!

Enter to Win Essay Contests, Poetry Contests, and Other Writing Contests

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Write a compelling essay and you could win big prizes from these Essay and Writing Contests. Image © Adrian Samson / Getty Images.

Writing contests are a great way to express your creativity while winning great prizes. Writing contests often have less competition than random-draw sweepstakes, so why not give them a try? This is a list of current creative writing contests to enter today.

If you'd like to win more contests, see tips to win essay contests and 10 qualities of great writing contest entries.

 

1. Dear Doctor - Ultimate Smile Makeover Contest
Enter to win smile makeover dentistry worth up to $35,000 in cash.


Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: March 31st, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Ellen TV - RSVP: My Squad Contest
Three squads who enter this sweepstakes will each receive a $12,000 trip to California to see a taping of Ellen's show.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: April 1st, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)
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3. Collette - Come Away with Me Contest and Sweepstakes
Four people will win $15,000 vacations, while nine weekly winners will each receive $100 in cash.
Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: April 3rd, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)
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4. 7-Eleven - Women's Franchise Giveaway Contest
Women, enter for your chance to open your own 7-Eleven franchise without having to pay the nearly $200,000 initial franchise fee.


Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: April 7th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to women who are residents of the United States (void in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Hawaii)
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5. Eggland's Best Eggs - Foodtography Contest
Take photos of your best recipe that uses at least two eggs for a shot at winning $5,000 or other prizes.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: April 12th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)
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6. Valpak - American Express Shop Small Contest
Nominate a small business that you love for the chance to win cash for yourself and for the business, plus marketing campaigns for the business worth up to $24,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: April 15th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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7. Frito-Lay - Dreamvention Contest
Create a fun, unique, and plausible invention and you could win one of five $10,000 cash prizes. Plus, an overall winner will receive a $250,000 prize consisting of cash and celebrity mentorship.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: April 24th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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8. Ayn Rand Novels - Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest
Write an essay about "Atlas Shrugged" for your chance to win one of 84 cash prizes worth between $50 and $20,000. For college students and 12th graders only.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: April 28th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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9. Smithfield - Real Flavor Real Fast Contest
Submit a time-saving tip for using Smithfield pork products to get dinner on the table and you could win a $5,000 trip for two to the Napa Wine Country.
Entry Frequency: Limit of one entry per entry period for a max of three total entries
End Date: December 15th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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10. L. Rob Hubbard - Writers of the Future Contest
Write a science fiction story of 17,000 words or less for your chance to be judged by the hottest science fiction authors and to win an award and cash prizes worth up to $5,000.


Entry Frequency: Limit of one entry per quarter
End Date: Ongoing
Eligibility: Open to all who have not professionally published a novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories
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