Essay Contests, Non-Fiction Writing Competitions, Awards & Prizes

Below are tables listing various essay contests and other non-fiction writing competitions, prizes and awards. Some are academic, some offer scholarships and others are just for fun. Some of the contests listed on this page are run by essay writing service providers. I have revised this page, placing all the essay writing service competitions in one list with a caveat at the top regarding the business niche. In 2017 I started to receive a lot of requests for listings by affiliate websites that have little or nothing to do with writing. They often offer scholarships with decent cash prizes. However, my audience are writers, so I want to keep this page on topic and relevant to them. Therefore I am no longer accepting listing requests from websites that are not about writing. I’ve also moved any listings I did have for off-topic websites into the History of Closed Contests list, with a note saying: REMOVED because website has nothing to do with writing. Do you run an essay competition or non-fiction writing contest? Do you want it featured at the top of this page? If so, get in touch.

This table contains details of renowned contests, often offering large amounts of prize money. € or other currency) is listed here. This table lists contests that are run on a yearly basis. This table lists contests that are run on a yearly basis. This table lists details of one-off essay and non-fiction competitions. As mentioned at the top of the page, there are an increasing amount of scholarships, contests, prizes and awards being offered by essay writing service providers. I’m not convinced that these types of business are entirely ethical as they can offer students a way of cheating, by undertaking their work for them. However, they do offer some generous scholarships and the opportunity to see their work published. That can help writers along their career path. They can also offer a good service to some customers – EG, if English isn’t your first language, or if you want website content written. So, it depends on the focus of each business and how they conduct themselves. Due to my reservations about this business niche, essay writing service providers that offer a non-fiction writing opportunity are listed separately here.

Please make your own mind up about the niche and each business listed before you submit. Sometimes, contests by essay service providers are listed in the one-off competitions list above. For reference, a record of non-fiction writing contests that have closed. Please use the form below to leave your comments. All comments will be reviewed so won’t appear on the page instantly. I will not share your details with anyone else. I am semi retired and thinking about taking up writing. I am in the process of putting together my biographical memoirs about a woman growing up during the 20th century in America. I have had a fairly interesting life being born in Southern California just after World War II and wondered if you could direct me to whomever might be interested in reviewing it. Cathy, you could try some memoir writing competitions. I know Fish Publishing and Writers Digest accept memoir entries and are well renowned.

You could also try the Creative Nonfiction website as they accept all sorts of nonfiction submissions. If you want to do some research, the Writers’ & Artists’ yearbook is a good place to start. It’s UK based, but contains all sorts of details about different publishers that might be appropriate for you. Hi Christopher, this question is purely out of curiosity and not at all an attempt at criticism, but when you post potential writing competitions on your website, have any of them turned out to be fraudulent? I’ve heard people running into problems with the Essays Capital essay competition and was wondering if you had any more information on the legitimacy of the company and the contest. Hi Justin. No, I haven’t heard of any problems regarding the Essays Capital competition. The only website I’ve ever encountered that kind of problem with was called Chapter One Promotions. So, if you have any information on issues with this particular competition, please let me know so I can research it.