Archive for the ‘Competitions & Events’ Category

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize

Monday, July 6th, 2020

Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is open for entries until August 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Three winners will receive $200 each plus publication, and six finalists will receive $50 each plus publication.

Submit up to two unpublished poems.

More here.

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is open until August 24, 2020.

Prizes: €300, €200, €100. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem as part of the festival in October.

Judge: Peter Sirr. Submit up to 2 poems. No theme. Poems should be max 40 lines. Open to anyone living on the island of Ireland, aged 16 and over.

More here.

The Rattle Poetry Prize 2020

Wednesday, July 1st, 2020

The Rattle Poetry Prize 2020 is open until July 15, 2020.

The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $15,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $500 each and publication, and be eligible for the $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award.

Entry Fee: $25

More here.

John McGahern Award 2020

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The John McGahern Award 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter.

The recipient of the award will receive a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €1,000.

Open to early career writers of fiction resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants must have had some fiction or short stories published in a recognised journal or anthology selected by an established publisher or editor.

More here.

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2020

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2020 is open until July 28, 2020.

Submit poems (max 40 lines) on any theme related to politics. Judge: Bernard O’Donoghue

Prizes: €500, €170, €100. Winning and shortlisted poems will be published in their print anthology.

Entry fee: €10.50 is payable per entry ( each entry can contain up to 3 poems )

More here.

Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing Competitions 2020

Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

The Michael Mullan Cancer Fund is seeking entries for their annual Short Story, Flash Fiction and Poetry Competitions.

Deadline: Thursday 16 July 2020 midnight (GMT).

Short stories should not exceed 2,000 words. Entry Fee €15.
Flash Fiction should not exceed 500 words. Entry Fee €10.
Poems should not exceed 40 lines. Entry Fee €10.

All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund to enable Michael Mullan (28), who is battling cancer for the third time to continue to receive life-saving treatment in the US.

1st Prize €200 for short story, €100 for flash fiction and €100 for poetry
2nd Prize €50 for short story, €50 for flash fiction and €50 for poetry
The winning entries in each competition will be published on the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund website and also on the Kildare Library and Arts Service website.

Judges: Niamh Boyce, short story. Caroline E. Farrell, flash fiction. John MacKenna, poetry.

More here. 

Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition is open until July 15, 2020.

Submit up to 1,200 words, any subject.

Prizes: £200, £100, £50. Entry Fee: £5.

More here.

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2020.

Entry fee: Early Bird €10 (until May 31, 2020). Regular Entry: €15

Prizes: €300 cash prize and the winning story will be published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine. The winner will also receive a two-night hotel stay with one dinner in Cork City, a limited edition pen, an engraved trophy and a one-year subscription to Anthology Magazine.

Submit up to 1,500 words.

More here.

The Walter Swan Poetry Prize 2020

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The Walter Swan Poetry Prize 2020 is open until July, 31 2020.

Poems should be not more than 30 lines (excluding the title) and respond to the prompt ‘A Kindness’.

Prizes: £200, £100, £75. The winning poets will be invited to read their poems at the festival in October. The winner will also win a feedback session with a research fellow at the University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

Entry fee: £6 per poem for writers aged over 25 years. It costs £3 per poem for writers aged 18-25.

There’s also a new subcategory prize for young adult writers, judged by Rachel Bower.

18 – 25 years subcategory prizes: £100, £75, £50

More here.

RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction 2020

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction 2020 are open until July 31, 2020.

Open to writers resident in Ireland or the UK. This year, three awards will be presented: one of £10,000, one of £5,000, and one of £2,500 – to provide financial support for new writers to complete their first book of non-fiction for a mainstream audience.

Judges: Damian Le Bas, Ramita Navai and Fiona St Aubyn

More here.

Wirral Festival Open Poetry Competition 2020

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The Wirral Festival Open Poetry Competition 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Submit up to 40 lines. There is an entry fee of £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems.

Judges: Anna Saunders, David J Costello

Prizes: £250, £100, Runners-up (2) £25 each.

More here.

Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2020

Monday, June 29th, 2020

The Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Submit up to 3 limericks.

They will select a long list of 25 limericks. The authors of those limericks chosen will be given the opportunity to compete in the final of the competition in August in Limerick. The final prize and runner up prizes will only be available to those who attend the Festival. Finalists can nominate someone to read their limerick on the night but they themselves must be present in the room.

The winner will receive €500. More here.

Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

The Seán O’Faoláin International Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2020.

Entry Fee: €18

Word Limit: 3,000

Prizes: 1st prize – €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat, 2nd prize – €500, four runners up – €250; all winners and runners up will be published in Southword 40.

More here.

Broken River Prize

Saturday, June 27th, 2020

The Broken River Prize is open until July 31, 2020. Free to enter.

The Prize comes from Platypus Press. They are looking for poetry books between 35-50 pages in length. Prize: £200 and publication in 2021.

Judge: poet and teacher Kaveh Akbar

More here.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020

Friday, June 26th, 2020

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020 is open until August 31, 2020.

Poetry and Short Fiction categories. The winners will receive £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18

More here.

Right Here Right Now Flash Fiction Competition

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

The Right Here Right Now Flash Fiction Competition comes from Paper Lanterns, the literary journal that focuses on all things teen and YA literature.

The theme is “Right Here, Right Now”.
Deadline: Monday the 13th of July
Open to anyone 13+ years
Max. 400 words
Entry fee is €3 (there is support for writers who are experiencing financial difficulties)
There will be two winners (one 13-18 years, one 18+ years)
Each winner will receive a €15 book voucher, a copy of Paper Lanterns Issue Two, and their story will be published on the Paper Lanterns website.

For more information, visit their website.

The 2020 Exeter Story Prize

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

The 2020 Exeter Story Prize is open until August 31, 2020.

Prizes: £500, £150, £100
​The Trisha Ashley Award: £200

Submit up to 5,000 words. Any theme. Entry Fee: £12

Included in the submission fee will be brief feedback in the form of a sentence which will be emailed to every entrant.

More here.

V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2020

Friday, June 19th, 2020

The V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 2020 is open until July 3, 2020.

The Prize is for the best unpublished short story. The winner will receive £1,000 and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review.

Submit stories, 2000-4000 words, in English.

Entry fee: £7.50

More here.

Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2020

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

The Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Prizes: £1,000 to the winner and two runner-up prizes of £100.

Entries must be original poems written in English, no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee: £5 per poem. Judge: Literary Agent, Peter Straus and Professor Paul O’Prey, former assistant to Robert Graves.

More here.

The Moth Poetry Prize 2020

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

The Moth Poetry Prize 2020 is open until December 31, 2020.

Judge: Nick Laird. The winner will receive €6,000. Three shortlisted poets will each receive €1,000, while a further 8 commended poets will be awarded prizes of €250 each. Entry Fee: €15

The prize is for an unpublished poem, and entrants (over 16) are welcome from anywhere in the world. The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in the spring.

More here.