Writing Contests: Express Your Creativity & Win Prizes!

Enter to Win Essay Contests, Poetry Contests, and Other Writing Contests

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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. MLB - All-Star Mom Contest
Describe why a mom you know is an "All-Star Mom" for a chance to win a trip to the MLB All-Star Game in Washington, DC or one of ten prize packs from MLB, Arm & Hammer, and OxiClean.


Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person/email
End Date: May 28th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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2. Lonely Planet - Trip to Sri Lanka Sweepstakes
Enter to win a nine-night family trip for two adults and two children to Sri Lanka valued at almost $10,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person
End Date: May 29th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to all who have at least one child in their family that is 12 years old or younger
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3. Laffy Taffy - Search for Laffy Taffy's Chief Laugh Officer Contest
Show how funny you are to win one of three trips to Los Angeles with a shot at winning an additional $10,000.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email/household
End Date: May 31st, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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4. Haggar - Hall of Fame Dads Contest
Nominate your dad for chances to win $5,000, a trip to a Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony, or other prizes.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: May 31st, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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5. Food Network - Chopped at Home Challenge Contest
Enter to win a $5,000 check and a gift basket filled with Arla products and helpful kitchen items.


Entry Frequency: One time per person/email
End Date: June 1st, 2018
Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (void in Maryland and North Dakota)
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6. Chattanooga Bakery - MoonPie Memories Contest
Share your family's best MoonPie memory for chances to win a 100 year's supply of the tasty treat, or a trip to the bakery in Tennessee, or hats or t-shirts.
Entry Frequency: One time per person/email/household
End Date: June 30th, 2018
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: September 30th, 2018
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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8. Sharpie - Uncap the Possibilities Sweepstakes
Enter to win one of over 50,000 prizes including a trip to New York City, baseball memorabilia, Sharpie products, and cash.
Entry Frequency: 1 x daily per person
End Date: March 31st, 2019
Eligibility: Open to the U.S.
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9. 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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