Archive for the ‘Competitions & Events’ Category

Ambit Poetry Competition

Monday, June 24th, 2019

The Ambit Poetry Competition is open until July 15, 2019.

Submit poems of up to 50 lines on the theme of: Wild. Judge: Liz Berry

Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning entries will be published in Ambit.

Entry Fee: £6

More here.

Over The Edge New Writer of The Year 2019

Friday, June 21st, 2019

The Over The Edge New Writer of The Year is open until August 7, 2019.

Submit fiction of up to 3,000 words, three poems of up to 40 lines, or one poem of up to 100 lines.

Judge:Liz McSkeane

The fiction and poetry winners will each receive €300. One of these will be chosen as the overall winner and will receive an additional €400. The overall winner (the 2019 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year) will be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Readings in Galway and they will receive a hamper of books from Kenny’s Bookshop.

Salmon Poetry will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript submitted to them by the winner of the poetry category. Turas Press will read, without commitment to publish, a manuscript of short stories submitted to them by the winner in the fiction category. The poetry winner will have one of the poems from her or his winning entry published in Skylight47 magazine.

Entry Fee: €10 for one. The fee for multiple entries is €7.50 per entry.

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The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

The Caterpillar Story Prize 2019 is open until September 30, 2019.

The prize is for a story written by an adult for children (aged 7-11).

Judge: Kelly McCaughrain.

First prize is €1,000 and the second prize is a week-long stay at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. The two winning stories will feature in the winter 2019 issue of The Caterpillar.

Entry fee: €12 per story.

More here.

PENFro Short Radio Drama Competition

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The PENFro Short Radio Drama Competition is open until July 1, 2019.

Submit radio dramas with a running time of between five and ten minutes.

Judge: Kate McAll

Prizes: The top three will be edited and then performed live at the festival. They will also be recorded and published on the website.

Entry Fee: £5

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Grindstone Writing Competitions 2019

Friday, June 14th, 2019

The Grindstone Writing Competitions 2019 are now open.

2019 International Novel Prize: Grand Prize of £1000 and publication in an anthology.
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Lucy Morris
Entry Fee: £22
Deadline: 28th September 2019

2019 International Poetry Prize: Grand Prize: £500
Entry Fee: £10
Deadline: 28th August 2019

2019 International Short Story Prize: Grand Prize: £500
Guest Judge: Literary Agent Susan Yearwood
Entry Fee: £12
Deadline: 28th July 2019

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2019 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The 2019 Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition is open until 23rd August 2019.

Prizes: €300, €200, €100. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poem during the festival. The competition is open to anyone living on the island of Ireland.

Judge: Nell Regan

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Bring your Limericks to Limerick 2019 Competition

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The Bring your Limericks to Limerick 2019 Competition is open until 27th July 2019.

Free to enter. Entries must conform to the Limerick rhyme scheme.

The authors of a long list of 25 Limericks will be given the opportunity to compete in the final of the competition in August. Only those who can attend the competition in Limerick will be eligible to compete in the final (Sat 17th August). The winner will receive €500.

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The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2019

Friday, June 7th, 2019

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award 2019 is open until July 26, 2019.

Open to poets, born in the island of Ireland, or of Irish nationality, or long term resident in Ireland. Submit a first unpublished collection of poems in English.

The winner will receive €1,000.

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Poetry Space Competition 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

The Poetry Space Competition 2019 is open until June 30, 2019.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem.

Prizes: £500, £250, £100. Highly commended and commended poets will receive £10 plus their choice of a book from the Poetry Space online shop. There will also be a prizewinners anthology and all poets included will receive complimentary copies.

Judge: Caroline Price

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Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Friday, May 31st, 2019

The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize is open until July 8, 2019.

This prize is worth approximately $12,000 and will facilitate the visit of an Irish poet to travel to Australia in 2020.

You should be an Irish citizen and have been published for commercial distribution. Submit a group or volume or volumes or oeuvre of poems written in English by you.

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Galtellì Literary Prize

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

The Galtellì Literary Prize is open until July 30, 2019.

Free to enter. Submit short literary texts 3000-5000 characters long, in English, Italian, French, Spanish and Sardinian.

Your entry should be inspired by the Nobel Prize winner and Sardinian novelist Grazia Deledda, and the themes present in her classic novel Canne al Vento, translated into English as Reeds in the Wind.

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James White Award

Friday, May 24th, 2019

The James White Award is open until June 28, 2019.

Free to enter. Submit science fiction stories, 2,000-6,000 words.

Prize: £200 and publication in Interzone.

More here.

iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019

Monday, May 13th, 2019

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until July 3, 2019 (11am).

General category: First Prize €500. Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)

Judges: John F. Deane and Rafeef Ziadah.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €12 for three

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7th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition

Friday, May 3rd, 2019

The 7th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition is now open.

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words site. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

Entry Fee: €5

The winner will receive €500 and will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in April (an additional travel fee of €100 plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this).

More here.

Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

The Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019.

Word Limit: 3,000

First prize is €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat. Second prize is €500. There are four runner up prizes of €250. All winners and runners up will be published in Southword 38.

Entry Fee: €18

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Writing Competition in aid of the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund

Friday, April 26th, 2019

This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter.

Closing Date: July 18, 2019 (midnight GMT).

Open to people aged 16 years and over.

All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Short Story Entries. Submit up to 2,000 words per entry. Entry Fee: €15. Judge: Martin Malone

Flash Fiction Entries. Submit up to 500 words per entry. Entry Fee: €10. Judge: Caroline E Farrell.

Poetry Entries. Poems should not exceed 40 lines. Entry Fee: €10. Judge: John MacKenna.

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

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Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition is open until June 30, 2019.

Prizes: €1000, €500. The winners will also win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival.

Entry fee: €25

Manuscripts can be between 16-24 pages, in English and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or versions. The poems can be in verse or prose.

The panel of judges include: Mary Noonan, Thomas McCarthy, Maya Catherine Popa, James Harpur and Leanne O’Sullivan.

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2019 John McGahern Award

Friday, April 19th, 2019

The 2019 John McGahern Award is open until July 31, 2019.

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

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

Submit three samples of recent separate work, up to 500 words each, an up-to-date bio, and a cover letter.

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Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is open until June 5, 2019. Free to enter. Submit one entry.

First prize is £16,000. Judges’ Award is £8,000. Original New Voice Award is £8,000. International Award is £8,000.

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Words By Water Short Story Award

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

The Words By Water Short Story Award is open until July 31, 2019.

Submit a short story of up to 2000 words, on any theme.

First prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo.

​Entry Fee: €12

More here.