Writing Competitions

Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition

The Southport Writers’ Circle International Short Story Competition is open until October 31, 2020.

Submit short stories of up to 2,000 words. Judge: Professor Ailsa Cox.

Prizes: £150, £80, £30.The winners will be published online. Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for 4.

Further details here.

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

The Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition is open until July 31, 2021.

Stories must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed 1,500 words.

The winner will receive €500, the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology, as well as a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine.

Entry Fees: Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per story
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per story

More here.

Trim Poetry Competition 2021

The Trim Poetry Competition 2021 is open until November 30, 2020.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem or €10 for three poems. Submit poems of up to 60 lines.

Prizes: €500. 2 runner-up prizes of €100 each. Judge: Jean O’Brien. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poems, in person or virtually, at a launch on 13 March 2021. The prizewinners will be announced at that launch and all the shortlisted poems will be published in Boyne Berries 29.

More here.

Wild Atlantic Writing Awards

The second edition of the Wild Atlantic Writing Awards are open until December 10, 2020.

Flash Fiction Award. Theme: Nature. Submit up to 500 words.

Creative Nonfiction Award. Submit up to 500 words. Theme: Nature.

The winner will receive €500. Entry Fee: €10 per story

More here.

Christopher Smart Prize for Poetry

The Christopher Smart Prize for Poetry is open until December 31, 2020.

Submit a collection of poems, 48-120 pages.

Prize: $2,000 and publication by Eyewear in 2021. Entry Fee: $25.

More here.

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2020.

Prizes: €2000, €500, €250. 10 runners up– €50 each

Entry Fee: €7. Submit up to 40 lines.

Further details here.

Merky Books New Writers’ Prize 2020

The Merky Books New Writers’ Prize 2020 is open until October 30, 2020.

Open to 16-30 year old writers who are currently resident in Ireland or the UK.

The winner will receive a publishing contract with #Merky Books. All longlisted writers will also be invited to their Writers’ Camp.

More here.

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2020

The Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2020 is open until November 30, 2020.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Prizes: £1000, £300, £200. Five Commended Prizes of £50.

Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems & £2 per poem thereafter. Sole Judge Helen Ivory.

More here.

Melita Hume Poetry Prize

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize is open until October 31, 2020.

The prize is for first full-length collections by poets aged 35 or under, resident in Ireland or the UK. Submit 48-100 pages. Judge: Janet Kaplan.

First prize is publication with a £2,000 advance. Entry Fee: £15.

More here.

Pressfuls 2020 Fantasy Short Story Contest

The Pressfuls 2020 Fantasy Short Story Contest is open until October 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Open to writers worldwide. Submit 1,000 – 5,000 words. Top Prize: $50

More here.

New Media Writing Prize 2020

The New Media Writing Prize 2020 is open until November 27, 2020 (noon).

Free to enter. It comes from Bournemouth University and is for new media. They say, ““We are looking for good storytelling (fiction or non-fiction) written specifically for delivery and reading/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad or mobile phone. It could be a short story, novel, poem, narrative game, documentary, or transmedia work using words, images, film or animation with audience interaction. Interactivity is a key element of new-media storytelling.”

The winner will receive £1,000.

More here.

Erewash Themed Writing Competition

The Erewash Themed Writing Competition is open until November 26, 2020.

Free to enter. Submit poems of up to 40 lines or stories of up to 500 words inspired by the word ‘course’. The winner will be awarded £10 and the winning entry will be published on the website.

More here.

The 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize

The 2020 Brush & Lyre Prize will accept work that incorporates poetry into new media formats, including but not limited to: music, video, art, photography, sculpture, and performance.

Prizes: $3,000, $300, $200. There’s a $20 reading fee.

More here.

Wales Poetry Award 2020

The Wales Poetry Award 2020 is open until November 27, 2020.

The Award is an international competition and is open to single poem entries from new and established poets aged 17 or over.

Prizes: 1st: £250 & a place on a residential course of your choice at Literature Wales’ Ty Newydd Writing Centre in 2021 / Seren Book Bundle / Publication in Poetry Wales
2nd: £50 / Seren Book Bundle / Publication in Poetry Wales
3rd: £25 / Seren Book Bundle / Publication in Poetry Wales
There are also 10 Highly Commended Prizes.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem. You may submit up to 5 poems.

Judge: Pascale Petit. More here.

Erewash Open Short Story Competition

The Erewash Open Short Story Competition is open until July 22, 2021. Submit stories up to 2,500 words, any theme.

Prizes: £100, £70, £30. Entry Fee: £3 for one, £5 for two, £2.50 thereafter.

Judge: Helen Baggott

More here.