Writing Competitions

January 2019 CWI Competition Results

January 2019 Competition Results

Winner: Fabiyas MV

Shortlist: Michelle Marsiglia, Sam McPherson, Carol Harte, Caroline Cooper Charles, Ben Sears, Sharon Laslett, Glyn Carter.

Many thanks to everyone who entered!

27th National Student Poetry Competition 2019

The 27th National Student Poetry Competition 2019 is open until March 15, 2019.

It’s free to enter.

Judges: Heather Brett & Noel Monahan. First prize is €100 in each category.

For further details, visit their site.

Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award

The Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award is open until April 30, 2019.

Submit stories of up to 250 words.

First prize is a trophy and £500, and free membership to The Scottish Arts Club.

The chief judge is Sandra Ireland.

Entry Fee: £5 per story

More here.

Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition

The Bridgend Writers’ Circle Open Competition is open until March 1, 2019.

Submit stories between 1,500 and 1,800 words.

Prizes: £100, £50, £30

Entry Fee: £5 each, £7.50 for two

More here.

National Youth Film & Animation School Competition

The National Youth Film & Animation School Competition is aimed at 16-25 year olds.

Deadline: March 31, 2019. Submit a synopsis and a script of no more than 5 pages in length, limited to 3 main characters and set in provincial Ireland.

Selected candidates will be mentored with a series of scriptwriting workshops to help them craft their scripts for the big screen. The winners will receive €100 and their scripts will be produced as part of the National Youth Film & Animation School which will take place in August.

More here.

 

Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition

The Maria Edgeworth Poetry and Short Story Competition is open until March 8, 2019.

Submit up to five poems or a short story.

Prizes: €250, €100, €50

Entry Fee: €5

More here.

The Yaffle Prize 2019

The Yaffle Prize 2019 is open until February 28, 2019.

Prizes: £200, £50, £25

The winner, runners-up, highly commended poets, and those who make the short list and long list, will be published in their anthology.

Submit poems of up to 40 lines.

Entry Fees: £4 for one poem, £7 for two, £12 for four.

More here.

The White Review Short Fiction Competition

The White Review Short Fiction Competition is open until March 4, 2019 (5pm).

Submit stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words in any genre. Open to writers resident in Ireland and the UK who have yet to secure a publishing deal.

This year, the prize will be judged by Chris Power, Sophie Scard and Michal Shavit.

The winner will receive £2,500 and the winning entry will be published.

Entry Fee: £15. There are 50 free entries for writers on low incomes.

More here.

The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2019

The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2019 is open until March 4, 2019.

The poetry prize comes from the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. It is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn’t yet published a full collection of poems.

The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.
The five shortlisted poets will be published in an anthology by Carcanet Press, and all five will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other Yorkshire venues.

Entry fee: £10

Judges: Simon Armitage, Melvyn Bragg, Dr Vahni Capildeo, Malika Booker, Professor John Whale and Stella Butler.

More here.

Neil Gunn Writing Competition

The Neil Gunn Writing Competition is open until March 8, 2019.

Submit poetry of up to 40 lines or short stories of up to 2,500 words.

The prizes in each adult category are: £500, £300, £200. The winners will be published on the website.

Entry Fee : £8

More here.

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2019

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition 2019 is open until March 16, 2019.

First prize is €200 and the runner-up prize is €50.

Entry Fees: €3.50 for one poem, €5.50 for 3 poems.

Competition Judge: John W. Sexton. Poems, can be in either Irish or English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style.

More here.

Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

The Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing is open until March 5, 2019.

Submit one-act plays. Open to amateur playwrights.

Three winning scripts will be selected for fully staged performances during the
Windsor Fringe Festival. One of the three scripts will be chosen for the £500 prize.

Entry Fee: £10

More here.

Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize

The Fitzcarraldo Editions Essay Prize is open until March 1, 2019. It’s free to enter.

The prize is for book-length essays, minimum 25,000 words. Open to writers resident in Ireland and the UK who have yet to secure a publishing deal.

Submit a proposal of up to 5,000 words, a bio, the word count and delivery date of the completed manuscript.

The prize is £3,000, which will be in the form of an advance against publication with Fitzcarraldo Editions.

More here.

2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

The 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is open until March 1, 2019.

Free to enter.

There are two categories: Best Published Novel and Best Unpublished Manuscript. The prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English.

The winner of the Best Published Novel will receive £15,000. The winner of the Best Unpublished Manuscript will receive a publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK. In addition, each of the shortlisted writers will receive three months of one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant, David Llewelyn.

Novels must be at least 50,000 words in length, but the ideal length is more than 75,000 words. Authors must not be represented by a literary agent or previously have had a novel published. Self-published books are eligible.

More here.

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) Prize

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) Prize is open until February 28, 2019.

The Comedy Fiction By Unpublished Female Writers prize winner will receive a
publishing contract for their novel with HarperFiction and a £5,000 advance. The runner up will receive a place on the University of Hertfordshire’s MA in Creative Writing. It costs £10 to enter.

The winner of the Comedy Fiction By Published Female Writers prize will receive £2,000.

The competition is open to female authors, writing in the English language, of any nationality over the age of 18 on the closing date.

More here.