Contests

Gotham always has a writing contest (or two) going. These contests are a great way to stretch your talent and imagination, and we dangle nice prizes to give you extra motivation. Check out our current contests. And it's worth a look at the winners and finalists in our past contests; the quality of work always amazes us.

Contest

The Great Gift Contest

Deadline: February 28, 2023

The getting and giving of gifts opens all sorts of emotions. We invite you to write about a gift. We invite you to write about a gift. Either a great gift you’ve gotten or that you’ve given, or maybe even one you've wished for.

Keep it to under 25 words.


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A Very Short Story Contest

Deadline: Quarterly

The story goes that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing a short story that ran fewer than ten words. We would like to make a similar bet with you. Write a great short story in ten words or fewer.

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Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Deadline: March 10, 2023

Every year, the Selected Shorts program at Symphony Space hosts the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. The winner will have his or her work performed and recorded live at Symphony Space in NYC.

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#GWstorieseverywhere

Deadline: monthly

Each month we invite you to post a story on Twitter using #GWstorieseverywhere for a chance to win a free class.

Your stories (which can be true or made up) will be inspired by what you see, know, or do, and they should relate in some way to our monthly “themes.”

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