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. Lutron Caseta - #OurLifeUpgrade Contest
Upgrade your home if you show how your life would change with a smarter home.

The prize, which includes cash and a variety of smart home products of the winner's choice, is worth $5,000.
Entry Frequency: Limit of five entries per person
End Date: December 15th, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Chico's - You Lucky Dog Caption Contest
Enter to win a shopping spree and other prizes totaling over $1,200 for your funny picture caption.
Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: December 23rd, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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3. 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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4. Sallie Mae - Make College Happen Contest
Kids, describe your plan to pay for college for your chance to win one of ten cash prizes worth between $1,000 and $15,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email/household
End Date: December 31st, 2016
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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5. Champion Auto Parts - Search for a Champion Contest
Show why you deserve a sponsorship from Champion and you could be one of dozens of winners to receive cash prizes worth up to $50,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: January 3rd, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)
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6. 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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7. 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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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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