Writing Competitions

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize

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

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Exeter Novel Competition

The Exeter Novel Competition is open until January 1, 2020.

The competition is for the first 10,000 words including synopsis of a novel that has not been accepted for publication by a traditional publishing house. First prize is £500 plus a trophy. There are five runner-up prizes of £100 each and a trophy.

Judge: Broo Doherty of DHH Agency. Entry Fee: £18

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Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition is open until December 1, 2019.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines.

Judge: Zaffar Kunial

Prizes: £1,000, £300, £200, and five runner-up prizes of £50 each.

Entry Fees: £4 each, £10 for three, and £2 each thereafter.

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ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019

The ServiceScape Short Story Award 2019 is open until November 30, 2019.

Submit short stories of any genre or theme, fiction or non-fiction. Entries should be unpublished and 5,000 words or fewer.

Prize: $1,000 and publication on the blog.

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2019 Aurivo / North West Words Poetry Competition

The 2019 Aurivo / North West Words Poetry Competition is open until December 12, 2019 (5pm).

The winner will receive €250 and the Aurivo Perpetual Cup.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem

All shortlisted poets will be invited to read at the North West Words January event and will also qualify to be published in the spring/summer issue of the North West Words magazine.

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SLF Salariya Children’s Picture Book Prize

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 Open to previously unpublished authors and/or illustrators, resident in Ireland and the UK.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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Kanturk Arts Festival’s Adult Flash Fiction Competition

The Kanturk Arts Festival’s Adult Flash Fiction Competition is open until November 30, 2019 (11pm).

Free to enter.

Prizes: €200, €100, €75

Your flash fiction entry must be inspired by, or suggested by, the image posted on their website. You must be over 16. Submit one entry only. Max 500 words.

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The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020

The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award 2020 is open until December 13, 2019 (6pm).

The Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language, worth £30,000 to the winner. It’s open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland.

Submit a story of 6,000 words or less.

A feature of the 2020 award will be an Audible audiobook anthology of the shortlisted stories. Shortlisted authors will receive an extra £1,000 fee, on top of a prize payment of £1,000, for being included in the anthology.

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The Aeon Award 2019

The Aeon Award 2019 is open until November 30, 2019.

The award is for short stories in any speculative fiction genre, i.e. fantasy, science fiction, horror or anything in-between or unclassifiable.

Prizes: €1000, €200, €100, and publication in Albedo One.

Entry Fee: €8.50

Judges: Ian Watson, Juliet E. McKenna, Priya Sharma and Michael Carroll.

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Acumen International Poetry Competition

The Acumen International Poetry Competition is open until February 28, 2020.

Submit poetry of up to 50 lines.

Entry Fee: £5 each, £20 for five.

Judges: Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, Nancy Mattson.

First prize is £1,000 and a five-year subscription to Acumen. Second prize is £400 and a three-year subscription. The third prize is £200 and a two-year subscription.

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Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2019.

Entry Fee: €7

First prize is €2,000, a one week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, as well as hotel and board at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival. Second prize is €500 and third is €250. There are ten runner up prizes of €50. All winners and runners up will be published in Southword: New International Writing.

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Percy French Poetry Prize 2020 for Witty Verse

The Percy French Poetry Prize 2020 for Witty Verse is open until December 6, 2019.

You can read some of Percy French’s verses or listen to his songs to get an idea of the sort of tone the judges hope to find.

Judge: Margaret Hickey

First prize is €300. There are also nine shortlisted reading fees of €100.

Entry Fee: €6 per entry

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Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020

The Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020 is open until December 6, 2019.

Judges: Enda Wyley and John F. Deane

Prizes: €2,000, €700, €500, plus reading fee of €300 for seven shortlisted poets. The ten shortlisted poems will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: €6 per poem

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IHS International Haiku Competition 2019

The IHS International Haiku Competition 2019 is open until November 30, 2019.

Prizes: €150, €50, €30.

Submit unpublished haiku/senryu.

Entry Fee: €3 for each haiku or €20 for seven haiku.

Judge: Anatoly Kudryavitsky

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Kate O’Brien Prize 2020

The Kate O’Brien Prize 2020 comes from the University of Malaga.

Deadline: June 13, 2020

Lecturers, students and researchers around the world may apply.

The prize is for research works on the literary and/or gender relationships between Spain and Ireland.

The total monetary award is €1,200.

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