Archive for the ‘Competitions & Events’ Category

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.

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.

More here.

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 Open to previously unpublished authors and/or illustrators, resident in Ireland and the UK.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.

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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.

Voice.Club Flash Fiction Contest

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

The Voice.Club Flash Fiction Contest is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Write a story of 350 words or less, inspired by the prompt “Courage”.

Prizes include: $50 Amazon gift card for Grand Prize, $25 Amazon gift card for Public Voting 1st place. All shortlisted stories will be published online, and will be eligible for publishing on Kindle and Alexa.

More here.

Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2020

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

The Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

The award of €4,000 will be made to the winning poet on the basis of a third book of poetry, or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last two years, i.e. 2018-2019. Applications must be submitted by publishing houses.

This year, the award will be made to a poet writing in English. Adjudicators: Tom McCarthy and Geraldine Mitchell.

More here.

The Rattle Poetry Prize 2020

Monday, July 1st, 2019

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

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

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

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

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

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

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

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Wirral Festival Open Poetry Competition 2020

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

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

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

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

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

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.

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Broken River Prize

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

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.