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. Perdue - Summer Twist Taste Tour Contest
Describe your favorite regional summer flavor for your chance to win a party with the Perdue Pop-Up Truck worth about $6,500.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/household
End Date: July 31st, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. XPRIZE - Seat 14c Writing Contest
Create a great short story for your chance to win a trip to Tokyo, cash, a GoPro, and more worth about $10,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: August 25th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to all (where not prohibited by law)
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3. Lennox - Energy Savings Superstar Contest
Share your energy saving tips for a shot at winning a $10,700 prize which includes heating and cooling equipment for your home, free ice cream, and free water park tickets.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: August 31st, 2017
Eligibility: Residents to the US and Canada (void in Quebec) who own a single-family home with a central HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) system
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4. 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: September 30th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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5. 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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6. 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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