Writing Contest


The winner of our Awesome Sports Writing Contest 2017, Elisa Haggarty’s “My First Love”, was deemed a Notable Mention in the Best American Sports Writing 2018.

Start writing for our Awesome Sports Writing Contest 2020!

In our continuing efforts to inspire and promote voices in girls’ and women’s sports, the Awesome Sports Project is excited to host the Awesome Sports Writing Contest. Male and female writers of all ages and level of writing experience are welcome, but the submission must be nonfiction and about girls’ and women’s sports. The work must be previously unpublished in any form.

The reading fee is $10 per entry, and will help us with the cost of running of the contest – please contact us if the fee is an obstacle to participation. Multiple submissions from a single writer are welcome. We also look forward to reading international submissions, but all writing must be in English. There is a 3,000-word limit, with no minimum.


January 15, 2020, Midnight (Pacific Standard Time)

Adults | Youth (20 & under)

To be announced



1st Place - $300 | 2nd Place - $50 | Featured publication for both


1st Place - $150 | 2nd Place - $50 | Featured publication for both

Honorable Mentions will be featured publications.


Past Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners
2017 Winners

This contest is made possible by the generous donation of our numerous donors – thank you so much! Please consider donating to our 2020 contest. Any amount will help us sustain and grow our mission!