Writing Competitions

YorkMix Poems For Children Competition

The YorkMix Poems For Children Competition is open until June 23, 2019.

Submit poems of any length, on any topic, for children.

Prizes: £250, £100, £75 and £50. Judge: Carole Bromley

Entry fee: £5 for one poem, £10 for three poems, or £15 for five poems.

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Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2019

The Bread and Roses Poetry Award 2019 is open until June 14, 2019. It’s free to enter.

Open to writers resident in Ireland or the UK.

There are five prizes of £100 each. An anthology of around a further 20 entrants will be published later in the year. A mentoring and support package leading to a first published collection will be offered to up to 3 entrants.

Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working-class life, politics, communities and culture. Submit up to three original, previously unpublished (in print) poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long.

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Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award

The Michael Hartnett Annual Poetry Award is open until June 14, 2019.

This year the award will be made to a poet writing in Irish. The winner will receive €4,000 for a second or subsequent book of poetry, published in the last three years, 2016-2018.

Judges: Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Applications must be submitted by publishing houses.

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iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019

The iYeats International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until July 3, 2019 (11am).

General category: First Prize €500. Emerging category: €300 (aged 16 – 25 years)

Judges: John F. Deane and Rafeef Ziadah.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €12 for three

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Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition 2019

The Galway Film Fleadh Pitching Competition 2019 is now open.

Entry Fee: €40 if you enter by 5pm (GMT), May 30th, 2019. The late deadline is June 7th, 2019, 5pm and the fee is €50.

Submit a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end). Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered. The finalists will pitch their idea in front of an audience and a panel of industry judges. The winner will receive €3000.

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River Styx 2019 International Poetry Contest

The River Styx 2019 International Poetry Contest is open until May 31, 2019.

Judge: Oliver de la Paz

First prize is $1,500 and publication in River Styx Issue 103. Submit up to three poems per entry, no more than 14 pages.

Entry fee: $15

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7th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition

The 7th Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition is now open.

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2019 to the end of January 2020, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words site. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.

Entry Fee: €5

The winner will receive €500 and will be invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in April (an additional travel fee of €100 plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this).

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The Bridport Poetry Prize 2019

The Bridport Poetry Prize 2019 is open until May 31, 2019.

Winning and Highly Commended entries will be published in an anthology in October 2019.

Prizes: £5000, £1000, £500 plus ten Highly Commended awards of £100.

Submit poems of up to 42 lines on any theme.

Entry fee: £9 per poem (or £10 from 1st Jan 2019).

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Segora International Writing Competition

The Segora International Writing Competition.is open until June 15, 2019.

Submit short stories, 1,500-3,000 words, poems of up to 50 lines, one-act plays with a running time of up to 35 minutes, and vignettes of up to 300 words, excluding the title.

Prizes: Short Stories and Poetry: £300, £50, £30. Plays: £150, £50. Vignettes: £100. The winners will be published on their website.

Entry Fees: Short Stories: £8 for one, £14 for two, £20 for three. Plays: £12. Vignettes and Poems: £5 each for the first entry, £2.50 each thereafter.

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Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition

The Séan Ó’Faoláin Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2019.

Word Limit: 3,000

First prize is €2,000 and a one-week residency at Anam Cara Retreat. Second prize is €500. There are four runner up prizes of €250. All winners and runners up will be published in Southword 38.

Entry Fee: €18

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Writing Competition in aid of the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund

This is an open competition for short stories, flash fiction and poems on any subject matter.

Closing Date: July 18, 2019 (midnight GMT).

Open to people aged 16 years and over.

All entry fees will go to the Michael Mullan Cancer Fund.

Short Story Entries. Submit up to 2,000 words per entry. Entry Fee: €15. Judge: Martin Malone

Flash Fiction Entries. Submit up to 500 words per entry. Entry Fee: €10. Judge: Caroline E Farrell.

Poetry Entries. Poems should not exceed 40 lines. Entry Fee: €10. Judge: John MacKenna.

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

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CWI March 2019 Competition Results

March 2019 Competition Results

Winner: Charles Leggett. Read the winning entry here.

Shortlist: Helen Larder, Hazel Wynn, Bibi Kington Brady, Thomas Polo, Polly Margesson

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

The Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition is open until June 30, 2019.

Prizes: €1000, €500. The winners will also win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading and three nights’ accommodation at the 2020 Cork International Poetry Festival.

Entry fee: €25

Manuscripts can be between 16-24 pages, in English and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or versions. The poems can be in verse or prose.

The panel of judges include: Mary Noonan, Thomas McCarthy, Maya Catherine Popa, James Harpur and Leanne O’Sullivan.

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2019 John McGahern Award

The 2019 John McGahern Award is open until July 31, 2019.

The recipient of the award will receive a two-week residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €1,000.

Open to writers of fiction, resident in the Republic of Ireland. Applicants must have had some fiction or short stories published in a recognised journal or anthology selected by an established publisher or editor.

Submit three samples of recent separate work, up to 500 words each, an up-to-date bio, and a cover letter.

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Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is open until June 5, 2019. Free to enter. Submit one entry.

First prize is £16,000. Judges’ Award is £8,000. Original New Voice Award is £8,000. International Award is £8,000.

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