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. Welch's - Lunch Box Notes Contest
Show off your notes and you could win cash and free snacks from this contest.


Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: February 24th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Live - Dunk Your Way to $10K Contest
Share your most creative way to dunk an Oreo cookie for your shot at winning $10,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: February 24th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)
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3. Grizzly - Outdoor Corps Spring Expedition Challenge Contest
Take a fishing quiz, then write an essay about your craziest excuse to go fishing and you could win one of ten free fishing vacations in Islamorada, Florida. Each trip is worth $13,500.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: March 7th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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4. Today's Homeowner - Win Danny and His Crew for a Day Contest
Enter for a chance to have Danny Lipford and his crew come to your home to take care of your to-do list.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: March 13th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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5. Brides - Casablanca Bridal's 20th Anniversary Bride Contest
Show why you want to be Casablanca's 20th anniversary bride for a chance to win a designer gown and a magazine appearance.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: March 15th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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6. Lay's - Do Us a Flavor Sweepstakes
Suggest new potato chip flavors to win one of ten cash prizes worth $10,000, $50,000, or even a million bucks!
Entry Frequency: Unlimited entry per person
End Date: March 19th, 2017
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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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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