Writing Contests: Express Your Creativity & Win Prizes!

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

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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. Gray Line - Bucket Life Nomination Contest & Sweepstakes
Nominate a deserving friend and he or she could win a $10,000 dream vacation.

Plus, the nominators can win $4,000 cash or GoPro cameras.
Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: August 31st, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Lennox - Entering the Energy Savings Superstar Contest
Share your energy-saving tip for your chance to win a $10,700 prize pack that includes heating and cooling products for your home, free ice cream, and free water park admissions.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: August 31st, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)
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3. Sapporo Beer - Mystery Trip Giveaway
Enter here and you'll get to pick whether you'll receive a snow adventure, the chance to explore a big city, or a relaxing vacation on the beach. Each of the three prizes is worth nearly $5,000.
Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person/email
End Date: September 4th, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.


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4. Dear Doctor - 2016 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: September 30th, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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5. James Patterson - The Treasure Hunters Secret Hideout Contest
Kids, create a funny clue and you could win a $10,000 cash prize from this contest.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/household
End Date: October 4th, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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6. Patron Social Club - Art of Patron Contest
Make art from Patron bottles and you could win $10,000 or one of nine $1,000 prizes from this contest.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: October 14th, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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7. TravelSmith - Distincte Inspired Traveler Contest
Share your inspired travel experiences to win monthly travel prizes worth $5,500 or a grand-prize trip to Italy worth $12,500.
Entry Frequency: 1 x monthly per person/email
End Date: December 31st, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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8. 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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