10 FREE Writing Opportunities with Deadlines in August 2020

Published in this article are 10 free writing opportunities with deadlines in August 2020.

FITC Youth Connect Essay Challenge 2020:

The Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) is accepting submissions from undergraduates in tertiary institutions for its 2020 Youth Connect Essay Challenge. Prizes include $1500 cash, laptops for three winners and 1-year mentorship. The task as stated is to write an essay on the Role of Technology and Innovation in accelerating growth and development. Essays can be in English or French, and must not exceed 1000 words. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.

“Virus Poems” Poetry Contest:

For “Virus Poems” we’re asking for your response to the pandemic and the times we’re in now. While we hunkered down, we can also be productive, allowing ourselves to reflect and clean out some of the cobwebs that cling to us – all good stuff for writing poetry. Maximum 40 lines. Normally, our contests come with cash awards, a print anthology and book launch. Submit a maximum of one poem. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.

Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poetry Prize 2020:

The Women Poets’ Prize was launched in 2018, a year on from Rebecca’s passing. This unique award seeks to honour Rebecca’s two key passions: poetry and the empowerment of women. The prize is £1,000. Three poems are requested, alongside two statements— a statement detailing why you write poetry and another explaining what you have to gain from the prize. Deadline is August 14th. Submit here.

The Val Wood Prize 2020:

The Next Chapter: Annually, the Val Wood Prize receives a staggering amount of entries all over the world. Entries are now being accepted, open to 16 years and above. The theme is “Feel-good” with 2000 word-count. The winner receives £100. Deadline is 31st August. Submit here.

Hysteria Writing Competition:

The purpose of the competition is to showcase entries that appeal to all my visitors; I accept entries in any genre except erotica or horror. There is a £25 prize for the winners of each category: Poetry, Short Story and Flash Fiction. The winners and nine runners up in each category will be published in the anthology Hysteria 7, due for publication in November. Deadline is 31st August. Submit here.

2020 African Writers Award:

Every year, since 2018, the African Writers Development Trust hosts the African Writers Awards as the highpoint of the African Writers Conference. The categories for the awards were Short stories, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Children’s literature. However, you are allowed to submit to one category only They are calling for submission under the theme “African Identity”. The prize is $100. Deadline is August 12th. Submit here.

The Stirling Spoon Poetry/Prose Competition:

The Stirling Spoon host first annual literary competition, centred around the theme of “Identity in America”. It is In light of international protests calling for social change, the vibrant Black Lives Matter movement, and Pride Month. The subject of the submissions may range from race and gender to geographic and social identity. Two winners receive a prize of $150 each and publication in The Stirling Spoon. Deadline is August 21. Submit here.

New Beginnings Contest 2020 Issue:

They are looking for poems that embody the sense of a new beginning in the “starting over” sort of way, not in the graduation or wedding poem sort of way. A single poem of 36 lines and no simultaneous submissions. Winning poem receives $250. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.

Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards:

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all  styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 14th Annual Writer’s  Digest Poetry Awards! This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Enter any poem 32 lines or less for your chance to win $1,000 in cash. Submit here.

Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction:

The award was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. They accept prose up to 5,000 words, double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman. DWM winners receive $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.

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