Writing Competitions

The Rattle Poetry Prize 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

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The Moth Short Story Prize

The Moth Short Story Prize is open until June 30, 2020.

Judge: Mark Haddon

First prize is €3,000. Second prize: a week-long writing retreat at Circle of Misse in France plus €250 travel stipend. Third prize is €1,000.

Open to anyone (over 16). Submit up to 5,000 words. Entry Fee: €15 per story.

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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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Fingal Poetry Prize

The Fingal Poetry Prize is now open until June 30, 2020.

Judge: poet and writer, Mary O’Donnell

Prizes: €500, €300, €200. The winner and short-listed poets will be invited to read during the inaugural Fingal Poetry Festival, September 4th to 6th, 2020.

Entry Fee: €6 per poem

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Southword Summer Literary Essay Competition

The Southword Summer Literary Essay Competition is open until June 30, 2020.

Entry fee: €10

Word Limit: 2500–5000 words

Prizes: 1st and 2nd prize – €500 each and publication in Southword 39

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Segora Poetry Competition 2020

The Segora Poetry Competition 2020 is open until June 15, 2020.

Submit up to 50 lines. Entries may be on any theme, in free verse or any form.

Entry Fee: £5

Prizes: £300, £100, £50

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Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2020

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2020 is open until June 17, 2020.

This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject.

Prizes: £100, £50. Entry fees: 1 poem £3.50 3 Poems £8.00 5 poems £10

Competition Judge: Jim Bennett

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Broken River Prize

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

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The Walter Swan Poetry Prize 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

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Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Writing Competitions 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.

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V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize 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

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Farnham Flash Fiction Competition 2020

The Farnham Flash Fiction Competition is open until June 5, 2020.

Submit flash fiction up to 500 words, any subject.

Prizes: Winner £75, Runner up £25, Best fiction featuring Farnham £25. All longlisted writers will be invited to a gala evening in Farnham and will be published in an anthology.

Entry Fee: £5. Judge: ​Joanna Barnard

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The Dalkey Writing Prizes 2020

The Dalkey Writing Prizes 2020 are now open until August 2, 2020.

In partnership with Books Ireland, Dalkey Creates Writing Festival’s Competitions; the annual Dalkey Short Story Prize and the Dalkey Poetry Prize are now open for short story and poetry entries. There are two €1,000 prizes and the winners will be published by Books Ireland Magazine 2021.

Entry Fee: €15

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Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

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.

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Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2020

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2020 is open until August 31, 2020.

Entry fee: €25. Prizes: 1st prize – €1000, 2nd prize – €500; both winners will win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the 2021 Cork International Poetry Festival

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