Archive for the ‘Competitions & Events’ Category

The Moth Nature Writing Prize

Saturday, March 14th, 2020

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open until September 15, 2020.

Judge: Richard Mabey. Entry Fee: €15

The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. The prize is open to anyone over the age of sixteen.

The winning piece will be published in the winter issue of The Moth, and the winner will receive €1,000 and a week-long stay at The Moth Retreat.

More here.

HG Wells Short Story Competition

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The HG Wells Short Story Competition is open until July 6, 2020. Submit stories of between 1,500 and 5,000 words in any genre. Theme: ‘Vision’.

Prizes: Adult Category: £500. Junior: £1,000. All shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: £10 for the adult category (over 21). Free for the junior category (21 and under)

More here.

John McGahern Award 2020

Monday, February 3rd, 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.

Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2020

Friday, January 31st, 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.

The 2020 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

The 2020 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction is open until March 14, 2020.

The winner will receive $2,000 and the winning story will be published in the Colorado Review. Stories must be 10-50 pages long (or 2,500-12,500 words)

Final Judge: Lori Ostlund. Entry Fee: $15 per story

More here.

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020

Monday, December 16th, 2019

The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 is an opportunity for writers from outside the UK to tell their stories. Free to enter.

Deadline: 31st January 2020 (midnight GMT). There are two categories: one for entrants who speak English as a first language and the other for entrants with English as a second language. Submit a script for a 53 minute radio play with up to six central characters. You also need to submit a synopsis.

The prize for each of the two winners includes, £2500 and a trip to London to see the winning play being recorded for broadcast on the BBC World Service and to attend a prize-giving event.

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The Poetry Business New Poets Prize

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize is open until March 1, 2020.

Open to 17-24 year olds. Judge: Luke Kennard.

Four collections will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business and all four New Poets Prize winners will also have their winning collection published under The New Poets List.

Entry Fee: £8

More here.

SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize

Friday, November 8th, 2019

The SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize is open until January 31, 2020 (5.30pm).

Free to enter.

Submit picture books for children aged 0-5. Open to previously unpublished authors and/or illustrators, resident in Ireland and the UK.

Prize: First prize is £1,000. Salariya Books imprint, Scribblers, has an option to publish the winning story.

More here.

The Plough Poetry Prize

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The Plough Poetry Prize is open until January 31, 2020.

Judge: Greta Stoddart.

Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem.

More here.

Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus is open until 15 May 2020.

Original submissions are now being accepted for the second volume of POETRY in the TIME of CORONAVIRUS.​ The top 100 poems will be published and the top prize award will be round trip air travel, hotel accommodations, and a week-long pass to the West Cork Literary Festival in Ireland (July 2021).

All entries must be original and previously unpublished. One submission per poet.
Each poem is limited to a character count of 2,020. That total includes the title, spaces, and paragraph breaks.

More here.

Local Voices Poetry Competition

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

The Local Voices Poetry Competition is open until May 26, 2020 (5pm).

The competition comes from dlr Arts and offers an opportunity for local people to get creative and write a poem during the lockdown in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

The 4 categories and prizes are:
Children under 12: Winner €100, Runner Up €50
Young Adult 12-17: Winner €250, Runner Up €100
Adult Over 18: Winner €500, Runner Up €250
Adult Over 18 Haiku: Winner €500, Runner Up €250

More here.

Maynooth University Library Ken Saro-Wiwa Poetry Competition

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The Maynooth University Library Ken Saro-Wiwa Poetry Competition is open until May 29, 2020.

Free to enter. Judge: Jessica Traynor

The competition is for a poem that embodies the ideals of writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa. These include: environmental destruction, social justice, land rights, power and control.

The competition has two categories: Adult: Over 18 years of age. Schools: Transition year and above. Prizes are National Book Tokens worth €100 (first prize) and €50 (second prize) in each category.

Winners and shortlisted poems will be published in a winner’s anthology to be launched in Maynooth University Library on 12th November 2020.

More here.

The Mairtin Crawford Award

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The Mairtin Crawford Award is open until May 13, 2020.

Submit poems up to 60 lines each and stories up to 2,500 words. .

Open to writers who have not yet had a full collection of stories or poems, or a novel, published.

The winners in each category will receive £500.

Entry Fee: £6 for each submission

More here.

Voice.club Flash Fiction Contest

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

The Voice.club Flash Fiction Contest is open until May 21, 2020 (7pm).

Free to enter. Write a story of 350 words or less, inspired by their first prompt “Resilience”.

Prizes include: $50 Amazon gift card for Grand Prize, $25 Amazon gift card for Public Voting 1st place, and publication. Top winners get their own permanent Stars Page, which features all their winning stories. All shortlisted stories will be published online, and will be eligible for publishing on Kindle and Alexa.

More here.

Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition is open until May 8, 2020.

Prizes: €500, €200, €100. Entry Fee: €10 (for up to three poems)

More here.

NAWG Flash Fiction Competition 2020

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The NAWG Flash Fiction Competition 2020 is open until May 31, 2020.

Submit exactly 100 words and there’s a £100 prize.

Entry Fee: £3 per entry (or 2 for £5)

More here.

Wild Atlantic Writing Awards

Monday, April 29th, 2019

The Wild Atlantic Writing Awards are open until May 31, 2020.

There are two competitions: flash fiction and creative nonfiction.

The flash fiction competition is open to all genres. A key element in your story should be linked in some way to writing itself. Up to 500 words.

​For the creative nonfiction competition, submit a story of up to 500 words on any subject. The winner of each competition will receive €500 and a bonus of €990 in value in the form of free participation at a writing retreat.

Entry Fee: €10 per story

More here.

Windows Poetry Competition

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The Windows Poetry Competition is open until May 1, 2020.

Open to anyone in Ireland and the UK from 10-25 years old in 5 categories: Junior, Senior, Irish Language, Young adult and The Special Cavan Heritage Prize Category.

The winner in each category will receive €100.

Send as many poems as you like to: heatherbrett22@hotmaill.com or by post to Cavan Crystal Hotel Dublin Road Cavan Co Cavan.

The judges want to read words from your heart on how you are feeling now in these unprecedented times, and want to see how you can make the ordinary sing and breathe freshness and depth into the banal.

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.

More here.

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2020

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2020 is open until May 1, 2020.

Submit poems that deal with any aspect of nature and place. Open to anyone over the age of 18.

Prizes: £1000, £500, £250. Judge: Pascale Petit

Entry fee: first poem is £7 and includes an administration fee, the fee for each subsequent poem in the batch is £4.

More here.