Writing Competitions

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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Scribble Annual Short Story Competition

The Scribble Annual Short Story Competition is open until November 1, 2019.

Submit stories up to 3,000 words. Theme: Deception

Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winning entry will be published in Scribble.

Entry Fee: £4

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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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ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award

The ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award is open until October 31, 2019 (5pm).

This is an annual award of £1,000 for a short story. The runner-up will receive £500. Applicants must have had at least one short story accepted for publication. Submissions may be published or unpublished.

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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Submit unpublished haiku/senryu.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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Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award is open until November 5, 2019.

First Prize is the Ledwidge plaque (a keepsake) inscribed with the winner’s name & cash prize. There are cash prizes and books for second and third place and merit certificates for finalists. The winner will also be invited to read at the annual Francis Ledwidge Commemoration at the National War Memorial Gardens in July 2020.

Submit poems up to 40 lines.

Entry fee: €5 per poem; 4 for €15. Submit a max of 6 poems.

For further details, visit their Facebook page.

2020 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama

Submissions for the 2020 Claremorris Fringe Festival of Drama are open until November 10th, 2019.

Entry fee: €5

Your script should have a playing time of fifteen minutes, should be written for a maximum of three actors. It should not have been published or performed prior to entry. Check out their website for further requirements.

Prizes: €500, €250.

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2020 DRF Writers Award

The 2020 DRF Writers Award is open until October 31, 2019.

Submit 20,000-25,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract.

Judges: Ian Rankin (Chair), Sarah Perry and Max Porter.

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time prose writer whose submission demonstrates literary talent and who would benefit from financial support to complete their work. Each runner-up will receive £1,000.

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Win a Writers’ Retreat in Iceland

Iceland Writers Retreat is offering writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2020 programme for free.

Deadline: 31 October 2019. Free to enter.

The successful candidates must demonstrate that they do not have the financial means to attend without this award. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation and all workshops. Partial funding covers the participant costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.

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The Caledonia Novel Award

The Caledonia Novel Award is open until November 1, 2019.

It’s an international competition open to debut novelists (unpublished and self-published).

Submit the first 20 pages of your novel and a 200-word synopsis. Your full novel should have at least 50,000 words.

Judge: Jenny Hewson from the Rogers, Coleridge & White Literary Agency.

First prize is £1,500.

Entry Fee: £25

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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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Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2019

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until November 11, 2019.

Judge: Michael Rosen

First prize is £2,000 and a one-week writing residency at Cyprus Well. Second prize is £250, third is £100. There are also five Highly Commended prizes of £30 each.

Entry Fee: £7.50 for the first poem, £5 for subsequent poems

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Bedford Writing Competition

The Bedford Writing Competition is open until October 31, 2019.

Submit stories up to 3,000 words and poems up to 40 lines.

The prizes in each category are: £500, £150, £100.

Entry Fee: £6 each or £12 for three. Full-time students: £4 each, £8 for three.
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The Plough Poetry Prize

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

Judge: Greta Stoddart.

Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem.

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