Writing Competitions

Blacklion Poetry Competition 2019

The Blacklion Poetry Competition 2019 is free to enter. Deadline: April 30, 2019

Prizes: €100, €60, €40 and a plaque.

Submit poems of up to 15 lines. One poem per person.

More here.

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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Ver Poets Open Competition 2019

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2019 is open until April 30, 2019.

Prizes: £600, £300, £100. Judge: Kathryn Maris. 30 poems will be selected for the anthology.

Entry Fee: £4 per poem | £10 for 3 poems

More here.

Truth or Dare: Childhood Revisited

The Truth or Dare: Childhood Revisited event will take place on May 2, 2019 from 1-2pm.
Location: Poetry Ireland, 11 Parnell Square East, Dublin.

Doreen Duffy, Mary Guckian, Geraldine Mills, Mary O’Donnell and Eileen Casey will read poems themed around childhood from The Lea-Green Down (Fiery Arrow Press). The poems were initially sparked by Patrick Kavanagh, a poet whose rural upbringing provided a structure for his work. The readings, introduced by Eileen Casey, offer opportunity for audience participation especially with regard to discussion on how childhood experience inspires and informs poetry.

It’s a free event. You’ll find the details at this link. 

 

Words By Water Short Story Award

The Words By Water Short Story Award is open until July 31, 2019.

Submit a short story of up to 2000 words, on any theme.

First prize is €250 plus publication in the Evening Echo.

​Entry Fee: €12

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Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition

The Ballyroan Library Poetry Competition is open until April 18, 2019. Free to enter.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Any theme. All styles and forms. You can send up to two poems.

Open to Dublin-based poets aged 18 and over. The winning poets must be able to attend an event in Ballyroan Library on May 9th and read their winning poems. All poems will be published on South Dublin Libraries’ website. Cash prizes are: €100, €50, €30.

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2019 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

The 2019 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize is open until April 30, 2019.

Submit unpublished fiction, up to 5,000 words.

Guest Judge: Elizabeth McCracken

The winner will receive $2000 and a subscription to Journal of the Month. Second and third place winners will receive $500 and $300 respectively. The top three stories will be published in CRAFT.

Entry Fee: $20 per story

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Glimmer Train Family Matters Award

The Glimmer Train Family Matters Award is open until April 30, 2019.

They are looking for stories about families of all configurations. Your story should be between 500 and 12,000 words.

First prize is $2,500, publication in Glimmer Stories and 10 free copies. Second is $500. Third is $300. The second and third prizes will increase to $700 each and 10 copies, if the stories are accepted for publication.

Entry Fee: $18

More here.

Creative Writing Ink February Competition Results

Many thanks for entering our February competition! And the results are:

Winner: Kathryn Ratzko. Read the winning entry here.

Shortlist: Mari Maxwell, Fabiyas MV, Helen Winter, Elinor Clark, Anna McLellan, Jim Rowlands, Kerry Greene.

RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition

The RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition is open until May 10, 2019.

Open to people aged 18 and over living in Ireland. One entry per person. Submit stories of 1,800-2,000 words. Entries should be written in the knowledge that each of the shortlisted stories will be read on air.

Prizes: €3,000, €2,000, €1,000. Shortlisted entrants will receive €250 each. The winners and shortlisted entries will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1.

Judges: Liz Nugent, Sinead Crowley, and Declan Meade

More here.

Grey Hen Poetry Competition

The Grey Hen Poetry Competition is open until April 30, 2019.

It comes from Grey Hen Press. Open to women over 60. Open theme, submit poems up to 40 lines each.

Prizes: £100, £50, £25

Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four

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Poetry London Clore Prize

The Poetry London Clore Prize is open until May 1, 2019.

Submit poems of up to 80 lines on any subject and in any style.

Judge: Sasha Dugdale

Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000. Four commendations £500 each.

Entry Fee: £7 (or £3 for Poetry London subscribers)

More here.

The Martín Crawford Awards

The Martín Crawford Awards are open until May 1, 2019.

Open to writers who have not yet had a full collection or novel published. Submit 3-5 poems, up to 60 lines each. Stories should not exceed 2,5000 words.

Judges: Moyra Donaldson, Paul Maddern and Matt Kirkham are the poetry judges. Wendy Erskine will judge the short story entries.

The winners in the short story and poetry categories will receive £500, a three-night stay at The River Mill writing retreat, and advice from the editors of The Tangerine, to work towards publication in the magazine.

Entry Fee : £6 for each story or 3-5 poems.

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Creative Writing NZ Monthly Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Monthly Competition is free to enter.

Ongoing monthly competition. Open to all writers aged 18 or over.

Submit a story of up to 3,000 words, any theme. Your story should be previously unpublished and must not have won a prize in any other writing competition.

The winner will receive NZ$30 and optional publication on the Creative Writing NZ website.

More here.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is an ongoing free to enter monthly competition.

Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Prize: AUD$30.The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website.

Open to all writers aged 18 or over regardless of their nationality or country of residence.

More here.