What are you waiting for? These writing contests are screaming for your writing talent


Do you recognize this? In everyday life you write smooth copy or scenarios for corporate films, but your writer's heart dreams of literary adventures. Or is it your deepest wish to – just like our copywriting trainer Vincent Mirck – to bundle your professional knowledge in a book. Where do you start if you've never done anything like this? A writing contest! This is an excellent way to charge yourself creatively. And to further develop your writing skills. The creative energy that is released when you let your imagination run wild can also give a mega boost to your daily work. So what are you waiting for? These writing contests are screaming for your writing talent.


1. 55 words

The Week of the Short Story is looking for 55 intriguing, moving, cheerful, disconcerting stories in exactly 55 words (including title). That promises a lot of deleting and rewriting! But it's a stimulating challenge that will sharpen your creative brain. Delicious isn't it?
And you can also win something: a book package, a free copy of the bundle to be published and a free Plus annual membership of writer's point. Do you dare? Click here for the game rules.

Deadline: January 2022

2. Write a haiku essay

Are you a writer and haiku lover? Then is this Haiku writing assignment from Haiku Kring Nederland a great challenge for you. You are not invited to write a haiku poem, but to write about haiku. An essay of maximum 1000 words. A reflection on the form, an argument about what you think is a good haiku or another haiku-related topic… the choice is yours. Fascinating essays have a chance to be published in Flint, a quarterly magazine for haiku and tanka.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

3. Story of the Month

Story of the month is an ongoing writing competition for fiction writers. Every month you can submit a new story and have a chance to be published. Stories can be a minimum of 100 and a maximum of 3000 words. The winning story will also be recorded and published as a podcast. Nice and accessible and you can build a small fan base.

Deadline: before the end of the month

4. Kobo Writing Contest

Do you already have some writing experience and do you want to make a serious breakthrough as a writer? Kobo Writing Contest be a good stepping stone. The intention is that you write a novella of 30,000 to 40,000 words around the theme 'An (un)ordinary relationship'. This beautiful theme (in our opinion) is completely free to interpret. Inspiration can come from your own life, a news story or something you see in your environment. Kobo is mainly looking for original, stimulating stories that broaden the view.

Deadline: December 1, 2021

5. The secret passage

Is mystery more your thing? Then join the writing competition the secret corridor. Write a short story of up to 2000 words using this sentence as a starting point: While cleaning up your house, you suddenly find a secret door with a corridor behind it. Winners will receive a €50 book voucher, exclusive publication/spotlight on the website and a year's Gold Membership worth €24.

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Do you already see a writing competition in this list that appeals to you? What are you waiting for?

Learn to write better for online and social media in the Copywriting training

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