Writing Competitions

Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards 2019

The Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards 2019 are open until September 20, 2019.

Submit poems up to 45 lines. Prose entries should be max 1,500 words.

There will be cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners in both categories.

Entry Fee: €4 per poem or €10 for three poems. €5 for prose entries.

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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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Stroud Book Festival Writing Competitions 2019

The Stroud Book Festival Writing Competitions 2019 are open until September, 22 2019

Judges; Jo Bell, Tania Hershman, Alice Jolly.

There are Poetry, Flash Fiction and Mainstream Fiction competitions.
The prizes in the flash fiction and poetry competitions are: £500, £250, £100
Entry Fees: £5 for first entry of poetry, £3 for each additional entry. Flash Fiction: £5 per entry

The prizes in the Katie Fforde award for Mainstream Fiction are: 1st: £100 + 4 night writing retreat at Hawkwood College, Stroud. 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50
Entry Fees: £5 per entry

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Gransnet and HQ Writing Competition 2019

The Gransnet and HQ Writing Competition 2019 is open until September 30, 2019.

Gransnet, together with HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, has launched a fiction writing competition. It’s open to women writers over the age of 40 who are resident in Ireland or the UK. Submit up to 20,000 words. They are specifically looking for stories featuring a leading character aged over 40.

The winner will be offered a publishing contract with HQ and five shortlisted writers will receive editorial feedback.

Judges: Gransnet editor Cari Rosen, HQ Publishing Director Kate Mills, author Sarah Morgan and journalist Nina Pottell.

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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.

2019 Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions

The 2019 Allingham Poetry and Flash Fiction Competitions are open until September 26, 2019.

The top prize in both Flash Fiction and Poetry is €300.

Each entrant may submit up to 5 poems, maximum 40 lines per poem, and up to 5 flash fiction pieces, maximum 700 words each.

Entry Fee: €5 for each poem or flash fiction piece.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open until August 31, 2019.

There are two categories: poetry and short fiction.

Entry Fee: Short Fiction: £18 | Poetry: £12.

The poetry and short fiction winners will each receive £1,000. The prize also includes: publication in an anthology, copies of the anthology, a selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books, a one year print subscription to Granta, membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner), and consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)

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Salopian Open Poetry Competition

The Salopian Open Poetry Competition is open until September 30, 2019.

Prizes: £200, £100, £75. Best Humorous Poem: £75.

Entry Fee : £4 each, £12 for four, £15 for six.

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Nutshell Narratives Contest 2019

The Nutshell Narratives Contest 2019 is open until August 14, 2019 (5pm ET).

You must be a member to enter. Membership is free.

Judge: Dr. Regina Higgins

Pick one of the four prompts on their website and write a short story about it in 350 words or less.

The Grand Prize is $50.00 and free life-time subscription to ZenGarden.club and permanent publication on the site.

More here.

Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2019

The Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2019 is open until August 23, 2019.

Judges: Paul O’Prey and Peter Straus

The winner will receive £1000 and two runner-ups will both receive £100. All three will be published in Poem Magazine.

Entry Fee: £5 per entry

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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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Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition

The Wild Atlantic Words Short Story Competition is open until August 30, 2019 (5pm).

Open to people over 18 years of age who are Irish or resident in Ireland. One entry per person. Submit a max of 3,000 words.

Judges: Thomas Morris and Wendy Erskine

Prizes: €500, €250

Entry fee: €10

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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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Westival Poetry Competition

The Westival Poetry Competition is open until August 30, 2019.

First prize is €1,000, with two runners-up prizes of €200 and €100 respectively.

Judges: Geraldine Mitchell, John McAuliffe, Ger Reidy

Entry Fee: €15 for up to three poems.

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2019 Red Line Book Festival TU Dublin Short Story Competition

The 2019 Red Line Book Festival TU Dublin Short Story Competition is open until August 19, 2019.

Free to enter.

Judge: June Caldwell

The 2019 anthology of shortlisted stories will be called Infinite Possibilities and, although there is no restriction on theme or style for entries, writers are invited to respond to this title if they wish.

The overall winner will receive €500. Two runners up will receive €250 and €150 respectively.

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