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 - 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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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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