- Translation Contests
- High-School-Only Scholarships (Contests Okay)
- Contests Limited to Areas Smaller than a U.S. State
- Contests that Require Publisher Nominations
Navigating the Calendar
Basic navigation is pretty simple: you look at the Calendar, hover over Events for summaries, and then click for more information. If an event name has something in parentheses, that is a limiter (for example, (UK) means that only UK residents can enter the contest).
However, if you are looking for something specific, you can also use the Date section and Search bar at the top of the Calendar. For the Date section, simply click the section, and you will be offered options by month. As for the Search bar, you can type in specific events you are looking for. The linked items below are available to search:
- Type of Entry
- Type of Event
- Contest: An event with selected winners.
- Chat: A chat with industry professionals.
- Mentor: The prize is a professional critique, mentorship, or editing session.
- Pitching: Querying or pitching.
- Prompt: Based on a given prompt.
- Fellowship: Tougher, but with higher payouts.
- Scholarship: Prize is a scholarship (generally informational essays).
- Submission: Open submission window.
- Webinars: Search Writer’s Conference.
- Workshop: Online group workshops.
- Writer’s Conference: Online only; includes webinars.
- Age Category of Entry
- Age Category of Entrant
- Genre of Entry*
- All Genres Accepted: assumed
- Creative Nonfiction (Essays, etc.)
- Diversity (Includes PoC, LGBTQI, disability, etc.)
- Fiction** (Generally assumed.)
- Literary Fiction (If specified.)
- Magical Realism
- Nonfiction (Articles, how-to books, etc.)
- Science Fiction
- Speculative: tagged Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction.
- Women’s Fiction
- Other (Psychedelic fiction, etc.)
*Used only if one or two genres are accepted (such as a contest for mystery fiction). Often, many genres are accepted without being expressly tagged, so it may be best not to search by genre.
**Used only when expressly stated in the contest (such as in query contest for adult fiction only). Assume that any events without contradictory tags are considered fiction for an adult audience.
NOTE: Keep in mind that I am only human. I make mistakes. Every now and then an event will slip through without the right tags. Because of this, the broader your search, the better.
Here is a list of the Genre and Age/Audience hashtags used in many Twitter pitch parties:
If you have any questions or comments regarding the Free Online Writing Events Calendar, or would like to add an Event, please Contact Me!