Tiffany Luckey along with Ophelia Thomas spent an untold amount of time combing through the thousands of websites submitted by writers all over the world this year in order to find the best ones. The results of their efforts have been recorded in The 15th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers featured in Writer’s Yearbook 2014. The sites have been divided into groups such as: creativity, writing advice, everything agents, jobs & markets, etc. Within those groups each site has an icon(s) next to it to let people know what the site offers.
What I’ve done is gone through the list looking for those sites that offer writing contests. I’ve never cared for contests myself (having lost the few I entered in my high school and university days), but I know people who seem driven to enter writing contests whenever they can. This list is for them.
- Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
- Daily Writing Tips
- Novel Rocket
- Plot Whisperer for Writers and Readers
- Preditors and Editors
- WOW! Women on Writing
- Freelance Writing Jobs
- The Review Review
- Winning Writers
- Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing
- Resources for Children’s Writers
- Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
- Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
- Horror Writers Association
- Mystery Writers of America
- Poetry Daily
- Poetry Out Loud
- Poetry Society of America
- Romance Junkies
- Script Doctor Eric
- International Thriller Writers
- National Novel Writing Month
- Review Fuse
- Young Writers Online
There are quite a bit of websites out there that hold writing contests. These are only the top bunch that were submitted by people in the global writing community.
I have two reasons for never submitting my work to contests. 1) I never even made Honorary Mention in the few free contests my high school and university held; and 2) It seems like a waste of money. You pay a large(ish) sum of money that I for one can’t afford to throw away for what? Most likely for the knowledge that you’re not quite good enough. Remember, only one person can win a contest. However, for that one person (and the two others who almost make it) the rewards can be wonderful.
If you’re a contest-lover, good luck! If not (like me), have fun saving your money to throw away on something else.