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Looking for a challenge? You must participate in the month-long October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge to even be eligible to participate in these four weekly Contest Rounds. Not for the faint of quill...

October NaNoWriMo Prep Contest Rounds  (E)
Four competitive novel prep assignments accompanying the October NaNoWriMo Prep Challenge
#2134154 by Brandiwyn🎶

Posted by Brandiwyn🎶 on Sep 13, 2020 at 3:08pm  

Do you enjoy writing for children? Or perhaps would like to give it a try? This is the place! Come on in and check it out!

Writing 4 Kids Contest  (ASR)
Newly revised! (Previously known as "We Write 4 Kids")
#1999597 by Cubby ~ Huffle-puffing!

Posted by Cubby ~ Huffle-puffing! on Sep 9, 2020 at 8:31pm  

A delicious Cookie Contest with 30K prize packages and a merit badge JUST for ENTERING!! Great for newbies!

Cookie Challenge!  (E)
A cookie writing challenge
#2231735 by Tina Stone

Posted by Tina Stone on Sep 9, 2020 at 4:48pm  

Deadline is Sept. 25th and winners will get the first in a collection of Deadly Merit badges PLUS a chance to win a spot on the High Stakes Competition in October, where winners will win a MILLION gift points and get exclusive badges!

Murder, Massacre and Mayhem Competition  (18+)
A Writing contest with deadly deceptions and killer competition!
#2227302 by Tina Stone

Posted by Tina Stone on Sep 9, 2020 at 4:46pm  

September round now open! Come on over and make me laugh. Deadline: September 30th @ NOON WdC time!

The Humorous Poetry Contest  (18+)
The contest where the rating doesn't matter!~September Round Open~
#1875093 by Lornda

Posted by Lornda on Sep 8, 2020 at 8:49am  

Science Fiction Short Story Contest: "Harvest" Edition.

Science Fiction Short Story Contest  (18+)
A contest inspired by the serious need for more good sci-fi
#2140378 by BlackAdder

Posted by BlackAdder on Sep 6, 2020 at 11:50am  

The thrilled night the thriller night story

The thriller night  (XGC)
A most horrible night in my life
#2229558 by proton69

Posted by proton69 on Sep 4, 2020 at 4:32pm  

psychological contest

The sky  (E)
Fear of mind
#2229364 by proton69

Posted by proton69 on Sep 2, 2020 at 4:13pm  

Why? Because it's Weird

A Contest Inspired by the Old Pulp Fiction Covers of Weird Tales Magazine
#2083492 by W.D.Wilcox

Posted by W.D.Wilcox on Sep 1, 2020 at 12:09pm  

Special Anniversary Month With DOUBLE The PRIZES

The Dialogue 500  (18+)
Dialogues of 500 words or less.
#941862 by W.D.Wilcox

Posted by W.D.Wilcox on Sep 1, 2020 at 12:09pm  

Poem or story, old or new as ever up to you. SEPTEMBER Contest will run from the 1ST until the 29TH at Noon. Awardicons and Merit Badges and GPS. Please read the rules and then enter...

Of course there's a Veterans Day - EVERY DAY!
#423698 by Monty

Posted by Monty on Aug 31, 2020 at 12:40pm  

The September round is now open. Every entry earns 2000 GPS, and the winning entries earn additional GPS, merit badges and awardicons. Contest is limited to ten total entries, so reserve your spot now!

Show, Don't Tell Contest  (18+)
Show Don't Tell Contest Message Forum
#2162666 by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈

Posted by Max Griffin 🏳️‍🌈 on Aug 31, 2020 at 9:29am  

Round 11 is now open. Please read the rules and good luck

Psychological Story Contest  (E)
Round 11 is now OPEN Starts now and ends September 30.
#1220286 by staysick

Posted by staysick on Aug 30, 2020 at 5:00pm  

Poems, Rhyming and Free Verse and Prose accepted. Old or New, that's up to you Can not have won an Awardicon in a contest before. Awards and Gift points. Open September 1st until noon on the 30th. Please read the rules,easy and not many.

The Place for Seniors!
#427318 by Monty

Posted by Monty on Aug 30, 2020 at 2:25pm  

Fantasy Short Story and Poetry Contest 1000-3000 words for your story or max 40 lines for your poem. 3 prompts to choose from. You can enter twice with one story and one poem. Open 1st - 31st September 2020

Fabulous Fantasy Contest   (18+)
A fantasy short story and poetry contest. Open 1st September - 30th September 2020
#2125220 by A E Willcox: 10 years on WdC

Posted by A E Willcox: 10 years on WdC on Aug 27, 2020 at 11:32am  

Test your skill and talent in writing traditional rhyming poetry in this monthly contest.

Poetic Traditions Poetry Contest  (E)
Test your skill and talent in the art of traditional poetry in this monthly contest.
#2055137 by Brenpoet

Posted by Brenpoet on Aug 10, 2020 at 2:00pm  

Do you have what it takes to write a thriller short story? If so, enter your best story and post it.

Thriller Short Story Contest Forum  (13+)
Have you been frightened by something lurking at you?
#2227341 by Beacon (Angel & Super Power)

Posted by Beacon (Angel & Super Power) on Aug 6, 2020 at 4:25pm  

A place to earn points for sharing your latest nightmare.

The Frightmare Contest  (GC)
A weekly horror contest using a photo prompt and chosen subgenre competition.
#2228334 by Bobturn

Posted by Bobturn on Aug 6, 2020 at 7:40am  

CLASH! A contest by Elle where authors face off through their characters! Sounds like lots of fun, but there's only 4 entries!

CLASH!   (13+)
Authors face off through their characters! Follow along & vote each round.
#1908885 by Elle

Posted by Becca Winchester on Aug 1, 2020 at 6:13am  

For one month only, The Daily Poem returns to provide daily poetic inspiration and prizes!

The Daily Poem: Closed for September  (13+)
Think you can write a contest-winning poem in 24 hours?
#2133562 by Jayne no idea what I'm bluing

Posted by Shaye on Jun 30, 2020 at 4:01pm  

This contest is for romance writers who want some experience writing sensual prose.

 Heat Beneath your Wings Romance Contest  (GC)
A contest designed to give writers experience in a genre they might be uncomfortable with
#2225525 by percy goodfellow

Posted by percy goodfellow on Jun 28, 2020 at 9:01pm  

A short story contest for the dark side of speculative fiction - Dark & Grim-dark Fantasy, Dark Science Fiction and Horror genres. Opens 1st July 2020 and closes 31st July 2020. For authors 18+. Stories content rating up to and including XGC accepted.

Into The Darkness   (18+)
A short story contest for dark speculative fiction: Dark SciFi, Dark Fantasy and Horror.
#2223577 by A E Willcox: 10 years on WdC

Posted by A E Willcox: 10 years on WdC on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:46am  

You can be a Word Chef Master in WDC Wonderland, just choose your favorite dish and write it in a poem using a given prompt.

Word Chef Master Contest  (E)
Word Chef Master Contest (Winners announced, Congrats!)
#2172116 by Samberine Everose

Posted by Samberine Everose on Jun 1, 2020 at 4:02am  

open June 1 please come join me won't you!

A Story-Poem Contest!!!  (E)
write a story that is in poetic form. No Prompts new or old! Quill winner!
#2102427 by Lisa Noe Kittyluv um Puppyluv

Posted by Lisa Noe Kittyluv um Puppyluv on May 26, 2020 at 2:18pm  

One month of weekly prompt entries (GPs awarded weekly/MB awarded monthly), and one month of story/poetry entries based on the winning MB prompt from the previous month. New exclusive Prompt Me MB awarded each month!.

The Prompt Me Contest  (13+)
Weekly prompt entries one month, story entries the next, based on the winning prompt!
#2000519 by Cubby ~ Huffle-puffing!

Posted by Cubby ~ Huffle-puffing! on May 17, 2020 at 10:19am  

Write a short story that takes place in a classroom in celebration of National Teacher's Day!

Holiday Short Story Contest  (E)
Write a short story based on an obscure holiday with the prompt provided.
#2142083 by Lilli ☕ is Masquerading!

Posted by Lilli ☕ is Masquerading! on May 6, 2020 at 9:38am  

A daily horror contest and three times Quill winner as stated in the SCREAMS

A Daily Contest Of Horror And A Three Time Quill Award Winner!
#2020439 by Angus

Posted by Elenawrites on May 4, 2020 at 12:32pm  

An Erotica contest that looks to sizzle, butter my buns can inspire you to write a story, or poem, focusing on the word: carnal. See you there and let inspiration shine!

Butter My Buns Contest  (XGC)
They say to butter your buns might be fun? This is a contest looking to sizzle.
#2220390 by SB Musing

Posted by SB Musing on Apr 28, 2020 at 3:20pm  

Do you have what it takes to define what is inner strength for you? Then come join my new contest! Word of focus to create either a short or poem is the word: overcoming. See you there!

Inner Strength Contest   (18+)
Create a story or a poem focusing on the inner strength it takes to overcome challenges.
#2220382 by SB Musing

Posted by SB Musing on Apr 28, 2020 at 3:19pm  

Challenge your imagination with this contest favorite

Paranormal Romance Short Story Contest  (13+)
A Monthly Romance Contest -- a 2016 Quill Award Winner
#2089860 by Jim Hall

Posted by Bobturn on Apr 15, 2020 at 6:46pm  

I'm re-opening this contest today. But it doesn't officially open until April.

The Monthly Script Writing Contest  (E)
Not just another monthly contest. Instead of Short Stories or Poetry, it's about Scripts.
#2144083 by PureSciFi

Posted by PureSciFi on Mar 30, 2020 at 1:58am  

Try something new! Write a story using lesser-known genre combinations - all ratings accepted. Check it out!

The Genre Blender  (13+)
From The Talent Pond! Try something new using lesser-known genre combinations as prompts!
#2215856 by Brooke-Dwayne Pride

Posted by Brooke-Dwayne Pride on Mar 15, 2020 at 4:19pm  

Ever write a story with no dialogue? Give it a try. It's really fun!

No Dialogue Contest  (E)
Write a story containing no dialogue, in 700 words or less, based on the monthly prompt.
#2079495 by ~QPdoll

Posted by ~QPdoll on Mar 8, 2020 at 10:38am  

Items with a higher content rating do not often get the chance to enter contests. For that reason I decided to run a contest just for those 18+, GC and XGC pieces.

Kit'z Higher Ratings Contest  (18+)
A contest for items with a higher content rating.
#887621 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:41pm  

Do you ever sit and wonder what’s outside the universe? Whether or not there is such a thing as free will? What makes nature beautiful... if anything does? If so, this contest is the place for you.

Philosophical Musings  (13+)
A contest for items of a philosophical nature.
#2137339 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:37pm  

Current Prompt: Write an essay about YOU!

Write An Essay About...  (E)
CONTEST: Write Five Paragraphs: an Introduction, three Key Points and a Conclusion.
#2213597 by ruwth

Posted by ruwth on Feb 22, 2020 at 12:54pm  

Not sure you can plow through a full month of journaling prompts? Me neither. That's why 8 is the magic number in this contest that gives you some journaling freedom. Check it out!

 Journalistic Intentions  (18+)
This is for the journal keeping types that come to PLAY!
#2213121 by Elisa/Stik: Mask Up!

Posted by Elisa/Stik: Mask Up! on Feb 20, 2020 at 9:40am  

Come on in, join the fun and enter a contest to benefit the Children of God group here on WDC. We will have new prompts every month!

Angel Wings Benefit Contest  (E)
A monthly contest to benefit the Children of God group to spread good cheer around WDC.
#2204162 by Rhoswen - Goal Reacher

Posted by Rhoswen - Goal Reacher on Jan 1, 2020 at 12:11am  

Dark poets (or even those a bit in the gray area): come join us for our Winter/XMas Round. Three different prompts to choose from. Free-Verse or Form, max of 60 lines and any rating accepted. First place gets a 75k Awardicon!!

Dark Dreamscapes Poetry Contest  (13+)
August Round 39 Opened
#1971713 by 🌑 Darleen

Posted by 🌑 Darleen on Dec 8, 2019 at 7:04pm  

It's time for a lot of Holidays, and this time, we're creating a Holiday with a Fantasy or Science Fiction twist. Let's see how creative we can be.

The Anthro Activity Anteroom  (13+)
A fun activity room for Non-Humans.
#1654618 by BBWOLF - Thistle the Paladin

Posted by BBWOLF - Thistle the Paladin on Dec 5, 2019 at 2:12pm  

Open to people of all faiths or none. Come on in!

Share Your Faith  (13+)
Are you spiritual? Religious? Or not at all? Can you incorporate this into your writing?
#2204562 by Kittiara

Posted by Kittiara on Nov 16, 2019 at 11:15am  

24 Syllables

Can you write a poem in only 24 Syllables?

24 Syllables   (E)
Can you write a poem with only 24 Syllables?
#2162300 by Lostwordsmith

Posted by Beholden on Nov 9, 2019 at 7:50pm  

Andre the Blog Monkey's Classic Rewrite Challenge.
A creative writing challenge for NEWBIES and their muses.
The challenge is to write a condensed version of a classic novel but to rewrite the story in a unique and creative way.
Details in The Banana Bar

Andre The Blog Monkey's Banana Bar  (18+)
Andre the Blog Monkey's Banana Bar It's a cyber bar owned by an imaginary monkey
#1985857 by Brother Nature

Posted by Brother Nature on Oct 29, 2019 at 5:45pm  

Four classic fairytales to create a new one!

 Fairy Tale Mix Up  (E)
Creating a new story using four classic fairy tales.
#2202156 by Luarel Montgommery

Posted by Luarel Montgommery on Oct 3, 2019 at 7:42am  

Help us celebrate WDC's 19th Birthday! *Bigsmile* 19K GP daily prize, guest prompters, daily Merit Badges - AND a chance to win 190K GPs!

The Writer's Cramp  (13+)
Write the best poem or story in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
#333655 by Sophy

Posted by Sophy on Sep 2, 2019 at 6:56pm  

Now Open! Free EXCLUSIVE Merit Badge with 10 Tickets from Shaye's WDC Birthday Arcade. Generous prizes, including a QUILL Nomination to the Winner. Promoting Non-Fiction writing. Like a unicorn so rare, this contest is only seen once in a while... POOF!

The 4 Controversies Contest  (18+)
OPINIONS? Groovy! Try the 4C's Non-Fiction Contest. 3X Quill Winner! NOW OPEN
#2083509 by Whata 4Cs Now Open

Posted by Whata 4Cs Now Open on Sep 2, 2019 at 3:04am  

This is the first contest I have ever hosted. Please let me know if everything makes sense :)

Defeating a God/Goddess Contest  (E)
One-time contest for poetry and prose 250-500 words
#2198450 by K5Rakitan

Posted by K5Rakitan on Aug 17, 2019 at 6:15pm  

Monthly contest with challenging prompts and some exciting prizes!

The Bard's Hall Contest  (13+)
SEPTEMBER is the Annual Cop Shop Mystery for WDC Birthday Month!!!
#981150 by StephBee

Posted by ⱲebⱲitch is Mr. Monk! on Aug 17, 2019 at 4:41pm  

This contest is just for newbies who have been a member of W.Com for less than six months! Short Stories and poems can win prizes. Come over and take a look at what could be your first contest on W.Com. FREE to enter - Great prizes!

Newbies ONLY Short Story & Poem Contest  (13+)
OPEN for September submissions.
#1873271 by ~ Sisco ~

Posted by ~ Sisco ~ on Aug 6, 2019 at 9:21pm  

The trick to this contest is to not use the obvious descriptive words. Poems and short fiction accepted.

The Taboo Words Contest  (13+)
create writing that has wings
#2139468 by ChocoHuf-flepuff

Posted by ChocoHuf-flepuff on Jun 19, 2019 at 2:53pm  

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